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

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

Opened Tuesday 9/6/2016 (50 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 12/6/2016 (41 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1794640

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. In the Fargo-Moorhead area we have three universities and one technical/community colleges as well as a thriving arts community. If you like sports, Fargo is home to the Redhawks Independent Baseball Organization, a USHL Hockey Team The Fargo Force, and the Red River Valley Speedway. We also are in close proximity to attend the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks hockey games. The North Dakota State University Bison, a Division I team, had a winning football season in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. There is 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 go to or the FM Chamber of Commerce

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.


Position Overview: Seeking a full-time board certified or board eligible Family Practice or Internal Medicine Physician to provide care to veterans at the Fargo, North Dakota, VA Health Care System. Incumbent will perform outpatient duties and management of scheduled and unscheduled patients, Monday through Friday. Assigned panel of patients, panel size is determined by VHA PCMM software package, panel size is specific to their practice and setting. Salary is determined by the Physician's Compensation Panel. Board Certification is preferred or possess equivalent training and experience. Candidate must hold an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine in any state or territory of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with regulations.

*Work Schedule: *

  • Typical work hours are Monday to 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.

Duties of the Provider:

  • Primary care physician will be responsible for delivery of primary care to patients enrolled in VA Healthcare System Fargo. The provider will manage scheduled and unscheduled patients in the outpatient clinic setting.

  • Primary providers in the outpatient setting are typically assigned a panel of patients to manage. Panel size at this time is determined by utilizing VHA PCMM software. Panel size is determined at the National level, through a complex formula which extracts local information regarding acuity of assigned patients, available support staff, number of exam rooms, etc. Each provider's panel size is specific to their practice and setting.

  • Alternative or collateral duties may include management of a subsection of primary care patients, the subsection may be defined either by a disease status (e.g. spinal cord injury patients), or demographic status (women veterans, OIF/OEF veterans, employees etc). Typically these duties are designated at the time of joining but occasionally during the course of employment, participation in special projects pertinent to assigned section may be necessary as the projects become available through strategic or other initiatives.

  • Applying for and keeping inpatient privileges active, is optional for primary care providers. When on inpatient duty, primary care provider is expected to participate in discharge planning and other interdisciplinary patient care plan activities. They must participate in sign-in and out rounds daily. During this time information regarding patient status should be discussed with the oncoming physician/MOD and ensure proper hand off at the end of the shift.

  • 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.

  • Most providers will need 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 comp 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 as much advance as possible to minimize patient cancellations. All unscheduled absences must be properly communicated, and patients should be rescheduled within time frame as specified in department's policies.

  • Timely documentation is necessary in all areas in accordance with departmental policy. All administrative work should be completed in a timely fashion.

  • Clinical reminders should be addressed as medically appropriate. Quality of care should be able to meet professional standards at all times.

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

  • Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

** Not permitted to hire non-US citizens when there are qualified US citizens available. For this reason CVs must clearly identify citizenship-immigration status. Applications from H1, J1 visa holders will be reviewed.

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.

Recruitment and Relocation Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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.
  • ### Qualifications


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.

Licensure and Registration: Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in astute, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. The physician must maintain current registration in the State officeholders if this is a requirement of continuing, active, current licenser.

Language Requirement: Must be proficient in written and spoken English. Security Background Check: Applicants will be required to successfully complete a background security investigation.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service(honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. For more information, please review the information disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be reviewed. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

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

Not Applicable

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 Education Debt Reduction Program may be authorized for highly qualified candidates

Recruitment/relocation Incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates

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: $100,957.00 to $215,000.00 / 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: 449671200

Job Announcement Number: VQ-MD-16-383-JL-1794640-BU