Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (General Surgeon) in Indianapolis, Indiana

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Indianapolis, IN
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Intermittent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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?

About Indianapolis VA Medical Center: Provides acute inpatient medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and rehabilitation care, as well as both primary and specialized outpatient services. Some noteworthy specialized services include comprehensive cardiac care, radiation oncology treatment and community based extended care. The medical center operates three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Bloomington, Indiana, Terre Haute, Indiana and Martinsville, IN. The more than 61,000 patients (3,700 women Veterans) treated by the Indianapolis VA Medical Center require over 657,000 outpatient visits and over 7,900 inpatient episodes of care yearly. Indianapolis VA Medical Center is a tertiary care medical facility with 229 authorized beds. For more information, please click on the link:


Candidates should be proficient in the field of diagnosing and treating diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland. The candidate also should be proficient in diseases involving the skin, breast, and hernias. Surgery Service physicians hold admitting privileges, interpret diagnostic tests, and perform history and physical exams. Excellent communication skills are required.

Candidate will specialize in the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care of patients with disorders, diseases, and injuries including:

Care of Patients in ICU

  • arterial line placement

  • central line placement

  • percutaneous or open tracheostomy

  • paracentesis

  • ventilator management

  • Esophageal Surgery

  • anti-reflux surgery: trans-thoracic or abdominal

  • esophagectomy

  • diverticulum resection

  • Gastric Surgery

  • gastrostomy

  • highly selective vagotomy

  • pyloroplasty

  • Small Bowel Surgery

  • bowel bypass

  • bowel resection

  • ileostomy

  • Colorectal Surgery

  • appendectomy

  • colon pull-through

  • colon resection

  • colostomy

  • evacuation of thrombosed hemorrhoid

  • hemorrhoidectomy

  • Hepatic Surgery

  • cryoablation

  • hepatic resection

  • portasystemic surgery

  • Biliary Surgery

  • cholangiograms

  • common duct exploration

  • resection and/or bypass

  • open cholecystectomy

  • Pancreatic Surgery

  • bypass & decompression procedures

  • partial or complete pancreatic resection

  • pseudocyst drainage internally or externally

  • Splenic Surgery

  • splenectomy

  • splenorrhaphy

  • Retroperitoneal Surgery

  • nephrectomy

  • sympathectomy

  • tumor resection

  • Lymphatic Surgery

  • biopsy & excision of superficial and deep lymph nodes

  • lymph node dissection

  • Skin & Appendages Surgery

  • closure of simple & complex lacerations

  • debridement

  • drainage of deep abscess

  • removal of deep seated foreign bodies

  • Endocrine Surgery

  • adrenalectomy

  • parathyroidectomy

  • thryroidectomy

  • Breast Surgery

  • breast biopsy

  • modified radical mastectomy

  • sentinal node biopsy

  • Hernia Surgery

  • femoral

  • incisional

  • inguinal

  • umbilical

  • ventral

  • Endoscopic Procedures

  • anoscopy

  • bronchoscopy

  • colonoscopy

  • Gynecologic Surgery

  • hysterectomy

  • oophorectomy

  • salpingectomy

  • Laparoscopic Surgery

  • adrenalectomy

  • nephrectomy

  • thoracoscopic surgery

  • Miscellaneous

  • fasciotomy

  • exploratory laparotomy

  • hickman catheters

  • tracheostomy

Work Schedule: Intermittent, as needed basis

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician (General Surgeon), Functional Statement, 000000

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.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
  • 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 Department 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.
  • Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience: Candidates must have an MD degree (or equivalent) and must have successfully completed an accredited General Surgery residency.

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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours);standing (7 hours); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (4 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required.

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.

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This is an Intermittent (as needed) position so no benefits are offered.

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 $300,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453433600

Job Announcement Number: MD-583-17-1825812 EO