Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Chief, Rheumatology) in Loma Linda, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Loma Linda, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (66 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number(VIN): 1818543

*The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System is searching for a Chief Rheumatologist *

Loma Linda, California is an attractive and thriving urban city, located in Southern California. Loma Linda is known as a health-conscious, active community with small-town atmosphere. The city and its surrounding communities host a variety of dining and shopping experiences, such as local farmer's markets, etc. In addition, the communities offer excellent school options from Elementary to University programs. Loma Linda is near to the mountains, for those interested in skiing, hiking, and camping, yet close enough to Los Angeles to enjoy the cultural benefits of the Hollywood Bowl, museums, dining, sporting events and beaches within a 50-60 minute drive.

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?


VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .

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.

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

The Incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this Medical Center and speck with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board (PSB) and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

This position is open until filled. The first review of application will begin October 31, 2016 and the following reviews with the end of each month.


Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is seeking a full-time, Section Chief in Rheumatology with primary responsibilities at the Loma Linda, CA VA. The successful candidate will have administrative, research, patient care and teaching responsibilities (fellows, residents and students). The Section Chief will be responsible for providing care to patients with a broad range of rheumatological disorders to include treatment of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions in the ambulatory and inpatient care settings. Inpatient Internal Medicine establishing care of patient will be expected. Establishing multi-disciplinary educational programs will also be required. Qualified candidates will be eligible for an academic appointment at the institutions affiliated School of Medicine.

Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology is highly preferred due to accreditation requirements of Fellowship and Residency programs.

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alternative work hours, if desired, may be discussed and pursued if leadership is in agreement.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a security background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination and/or PPD/TB Skin Test.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • This position requires candidates to be proficient in English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) School of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. (3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

Licensure and Registration: Physician (Except Residents). 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in the country.

Residents: 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 before the second year of VA residency, or meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for resident of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes. The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

First-Year Residency (Internship). Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability of residency training. Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

English Language Proficiency. Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C 7402(d) and 7407(d).

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; religious; 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.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs.); Straight Pulling, Pushing, reaching above shoulder, Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing aid (permitted).

RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES: Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE 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 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 must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. **

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) 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.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (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 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 application notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

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.

Salary Range: $110,000.00 to $230,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452841000

Job Announcement Number: LL-17-COl-T38-1818543