Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Primary Care in Johnson City, Tennessee

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Johnson City, TN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 7/5/2016 (108 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1744526

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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?

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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.

The James H. Quillen VAMC strongly encourages persons that are interested in and may represent multicultural diversity to apply. We have a long-standing Multicultural Diversity Committee led by mental health professionals devoted to educating, monitoring and furthering our awareness, practice and outcomes in regards to multiculturalism.

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.


We are seeking an immediate fill for full-time Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physicians to serve at the main campus of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home (Johnson City), TN. This physician must coordinate care for a panel of outpatients as assigned by MHVAMC, evaluate and treat acute and chronic health problems for scheduled and unscheduled patients in the clinic setting, perform histories and physical exams, perform office procedures within privileges as appropriate, prescribe medications as appropriate. Incumbent must order routine laboratory, radiological and diagnostic tests and provide initial interpretation of results, communicate test results to patients, respond to questions and other inquiries from patients, initiate or expedite requests for consultations and special tests. The physician selected must also provide education to the patient and family as necessary, screens patients to determine the need for hospitalization, communicate clinical findings to other providers using the Computerized Patient Record System, function as managing physician for a nurse practitioner or physician assistant as assigned by MHVAMC. Incumbent must be capable of consistent communication and treatment of our veterans, their representatives, visitors and all VA staff in a courteous, tactful and respectful manner. The physician will provide the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures and will handle conflicts and problems when dealing with customers constructively and appropriately, and other duties as described.

Work Schedule: This tour of duty is primarily Monday through Friday, 7:45 am to 4:30 pm. This tour may be temporarily changed to fulfill the needs of the service by the Chief of Staff.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be available to well-qualified applicants.
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.
  • Education. 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. Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Licensure. 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

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: Physicians should be physically and mentally capable to perform the examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan, and educate residents. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeating bending. They should be emotionally and mentally stable and capable of performing the duties of the position.

Security Clearance


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.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

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

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

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

Salary Range: $170,000.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens. This vacancy will remain open until all positions are filled. First cutoff will be August 8, 2016 and every month thereafter.

Control Number: 443731200

Job Announcement Number: 621-38-16-98-WLH1744526BU