Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Primary Care Physician in Fort Rucker, Alabama

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Many vacancies in the following locations:
  • Fort Rucker, AL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Tuskegee, AL
  • Columbus, GA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 5/10/2016 (169 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 5/9/2017 (195 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1701608

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 Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is a consolidated health care system that includes VA Medical Centers in Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama as well as Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) in Dothan Alabama, Ft. Rucker Alabama, Monroeville, Alabama, Columbus Georgia and Montgomery VA Clinic. The incumbent will be required to work on site at the other locations as required.

This is an open continuous announcement that will be used to fill vacancies at any of the listed locations. Please ensure you identify the locations you are interested.

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.

FIRST CUTOFF DATE: May 16 2016 Applications received by the first cutoff date will be referred first. Applications of qualified applicants received after the first cutoff date will be referred to the selecting official once every week until the closing date (May 9, 2017) or a selection is made.


The Physician works as a member of a multi-disciplinary health care team, collaborating with other members of the team to provide Primary Care to Veterans enrolled on the team. The physician is expected to demonstrate advanced competencies and skills in assessing the physical and psychosocial status of patients and family members, play an active role in the multi-disciplinary health care team, promote preventive health measures, manage the acute and chronic conditions of his/her assigned panel of patients and those patients assigned to other team members when circumstances require. The Primary Care Physician is accountable to the Outpatient Clinic Chief Medical Officer, ACOS/Ambulatory Care, or designee.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Primary Care of a panel of primary care patients (male and female)

  • Provide comprehensive assessment, diagnostic work-up and clinic intervention, including comprehensive patient assessment, health history, physical examination, and patient education to Veterans in the Primary Care team setting; outpatients include both scheduled and unscheduled Veterans;

  • Function as an integral part of a Primary Care multi-disciplinary team.

  • Discriminate between normal and abnormal findings to establish a diagnosis and initiate appropriate response to emergency health problems;

  • Initiate appropriate referrals and consultations to other clinical services;

  • Order and evaluate diagnostic tests as appropriate, recommend treatment and/or referral;

  • Validate the effectiveness of previously implemented medical treatment;

  • Initiate, evaluate, and change orders for medications;

  • Include patient and family in planning care and establishing realistic measurable goals for health maintenance/improvement.

  • Record/document health appraisal information, clinical assessments, treatment decisions, plan of care, ongoing management and therapeutic outcomes, order medications, diagnostic tests and referral consultations where needed for every patient encounter; recording will be accomplished using the electronic comprehensive patient record system (CPRS), and will be completed on the day of the encounter;

  • Respond to computerized “alerts” indicating diagnostic test abnormalities and to health line requests from Veterans/family members on the day of receipt (weekends excepted);

  • Follow Performance Measure guidelines, including completion of clinical reminders in CPRS; access and timeliness standards; prescription order entry, National VA formulary requirements, and customer service standards;

  • Work effectively with patients, families, members of the multi-disciplinary team, and other CAVHCS staff

  • Demonstrates flexibility in responding to clinic demands, adhere to personal and professional obligations and responsibilities, practice and maintain ethical standards, and sustain a work environment that is harmonious and customer service oriented.

  • Providers will act as surrogates for the patients of their colleagues when their colleagues are on leave/travel.

Work Schedule:Monday thru Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. May be required to work weekends, holiday, and on-call as needed.*Functional Statement Title/#: 000000*

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Will be required to provide services for all CAVHCS locations as needed.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation incentives may be authorized.
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*:*

  • U.S. Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)* *
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • 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.
  • Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.

Preferred Experience: Board Certified in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine is preferred.

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.

Permanent Change of Station Expenses are authorized for this position. The Department of Veteran Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station authorization includes the relocation of a household and travel expenses to new location due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. PCS expenses for non-VA employees are limited. For more information go to

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: Moderate lifting, pulling, and carrying. Must be able to walk, stand, and bend for 2-4 hours per day. Must be able to distinguish between basic colors. Hearing (aid permitted). Good interpersonal skills, working closely with others. Use of fingers for 6-7 hours per day.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.**


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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

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-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 438540100

Job Announcement Number: JU-T38-188-16-GW-1701608-BU