Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Chief of Gastroenterologist in Little Rock, Arkansas

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

Opened Tuesday 4/4/2017 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/15/2017 (161 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1655752

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?

We are searching for a Chief to lead an academic group of physicians and to grow with us as we undergo a marked expansion of our Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. We provide care for patients at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and the University of Arkansas for Medical Science Hospital. Our GI/Liver care at CAVHS features state-of the-art endoscopy facilities, an excellent interventional radiology support, outstanding clinical research and informatics support and tertiary referrals from the region.

An appointment with our affiliate University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences located next door may be available to qualified applicants.

Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, has natural beauty, a temperate climate and a sophisticated art, music, and dining scene. Little Rock is a short drive from Hot Springs National Park, the Ozark National Forest, the Buffalo River National Park and other attractive outdoor sites. The quality of life in Little Rock is consistently top-ranked nationally, with outstanding schools, homes, and cultural activities.

* A Relocation or Recruitment Incentive may be available for qualified applicants.*

  • The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has a large clinical GI program with excellent support for clinical investigation.
  • Dynamic leader with academic expertise, clinical excellence, and expertise in developing and conducting clinical research.
  • Supervision of over 5 GI Physician, 3 Physician extenders and duty coordinators, as well as fellows in the GI training programs;
  • Programmatic oversight of the GI procedural laboratory, the GI outpatient clinic and the GI inpatient consult service.

Tour of Duty:Monday-Friday & Weekends, Days/Evenings/Nights- 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Other Shifts, as needed (Rotating Shifts).

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:

  • Expertise and board certification in gastroenterology and invasive gastroenterology procedures
  • Experience in clinical research as Principal Investigation is preferred.
  • Excellent in teaching and clinical care.
  • Academic credentials to be qualified for a faculty appointment ( assistant, associate or full professor)
  • Administrative/management experience.
  • Strong leadership, administrative and interpersonal skills.

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: A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will concerned with the mental and physical ability of the application to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Physician applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position and addition to any specialty privileges requested.

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.

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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.

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: $125,000.00 to $400,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 433239200

Job Announcement Number: RQ-16-AAP-1655752