Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Nephrologist) in Fargo, North Dakota

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Fargo, ND
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 1/27/2016 (267 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (72 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1610700

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Fargo VA Health Care System is a Level 2 Medical Center and a member of Veterans Integrated Service Network 23. This facility combines a 39 bed medical facility along with a 38 bed Community Living Center providing transitional care, both accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Fargo also has a Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Office on campus, offering veterans the unique opportunity to obtain health care, benefits services, and Readjustment Counseling at one location. Due to the growing veteran population in our service area, ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics have been established. The Fargo Health Care System provides a wide spectrum of primary and tertiary acute and extended care inpatient and outpatient activities in an academic setting. The Fargo Health Care System has an active research program and has a successful affiliation with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

If you're looking for a variety, North Dakota has it all! The state experiences all four of the breathtaking seasons, has a growing economy, rolling farmlands, and the lowest unemployment rate in the country. The Fargo-Moorhead area is a lively, vibrant community featuring three universities and one technical/community college as well as a thriving arts scene. If you like sports, Fargo is home to the FM Redhawks (Independent Baseball Organization), the Fargo Force (USHL Hockey Team), the Red River Valley Speedway as well as the North Dakota State University Bison, the Division I FCS football champions in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. We also are in close proximity to attend the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks Division I hockey games. There are an assortment of outdoor activities from which to choose - snowmobiling, ice fishing, regular fishing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, hunting, tubing, canoeing, hiking, camping, & biking to name a few. For more information about Fargo check us out at or

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.



1. *General Description:*

(A complete Functional statement is available upon request)

A primary objective of the Primary Care/Specialty Medicine Service Line is to mentor and lead competent, satisfied staff dedicated to providing high quality patient-centered care at the Fargo VA Health Care System (FVAHCS).

Duties of the provider:

  • Physician will provide consultation services and follow up of medical subspecialty patients, in his or her designated field, in the inpatient and/or outpatient setting, at the VA Medical center in Fargo, ND or one of the affiliated CBOCs (Community Based Outpatient Clinics).

  • Typical work hours are Monday to Friday Friday 8 – 4:30 PM. Alternative work hours, if desired, should be agreed upon at the time of joining. Each full time provider is required to work a minimum of 80 hrs per pay period (every two weeks) unless on leave status. On call responsibilities are specialty specific and may involve duty outside of typical business hours dependent upon the needs of the Service Line.

  • During the course of employment, participation in activities/committees/boards/ projects pertinent to the sub-specialty may be necessary as dictated by strategic or other initiatives/taskings.

  • When working with inpatients provider is expected to participate in discharge planning and other interdisciplinary patient care plan activities. During this time, information regarding patient status should be discussed with the hospitalists and other team members and ensure proper hand off at the end of the shift as necessary.

  • Physicians may be assigned duty as a supervising or collaborating physician for a mid-level provider. Physicians are expected to provide clinical oversight and review. Supervising or collaborating responsibilities and performance will be noted in the physician's performance evaluation.

  • Providers are expected to act as "surrogates" for the patient's of their colleagues, when one or more of their colleagues are on leave.

  • All physicians need to follow departmental and VHA policies for leave and attendance and will work within Title 38 appointment guidelines. Currently VHA guidelines do not permit compensatory time or overtime pay for physicians. However physicians who are asked to work outside their normal assigned tour of duty may request administrative leave for rest and relaxation. Leaves should be requested in advance as much as possible to minimize disruption to patient care services. All unscheduled absences must be properly communicated.

  • A progress note must be entered on all inpatients on which the medical subspecialist rounds during weekdays, weekends or holidays. Timely documentation is necessary in all areas in accordance with departmental policy. All administrative work should be completed in a timely fashion. The discharge summary may be dictated. All other inpatient documentation should be entered by the physician into the medical record directly via CPRS. Prohibited abbreviations should not to be used.

  • Quality of care will meet professional standards at all times.

  • All physicians will work within their privileges at all times, unless necessitated by an emergency.

*Service: *Works effectively within a team environment contributing to the effectiveness of the team to deliver safe, cost effective, quality, timely, and patient focused care. **

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation authorized for highly qualified candidates.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements*: *

  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

*Preferred Experience: *

Board certification or possess equivalent training and experience.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.* *This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

*Physical Requirements: *

Heavy lifting and carrying (45 lbs. and over); straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking and standing (up to 4 hours); repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Benefits: VA physicians enjoy an excellent benefits package. With predictable work hours and conditions, VA physicians are able to take time for themselves and their families...quality of life is important. Generous salary and annual performance bonus Excellent Health Insurance that can be carried into retirement 26 day of paid annual leave 13 days of paid sick leave 10 paid federal holidays Student loan repayment Program Recruiting .Relocation incentives may be authorized

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.**

Salary Range: $99,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens, Non Citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 427728800

Job Announcement Number: VQ-16-132-JL-1610700