Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician, Hospice and Palliative Care in Louisville, Kentucky

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

Opened Wednesday 9/21/2016 (31 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1806558

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is the VA the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

VA offers attractive salary, excellent government benefits, and assumes liability for tort claims associated with employees' official VA duties; individual malpractice insurance is not required for this purpose.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.


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.

Applications will be accepted from US Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute. Non-citizens may apply and be appointed ONLY when no qualified citizens are available in accordance with current regulations.


The Robley Rex VA Medical Center is seeking a Full-time physician to join our Hospice and Palliative Care Team. The physician will report to the ACOS Geriatrics, Extended Care and Rehabilitative Service. The incumbent is responsible for the overall medical care delivered by the Hospice and Palliative Care team.

Flexibility and a compassionate bedside manner are essential.

Candidate must be self-motivated, and willing to take the initiative to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team at the Medical Center. The successful incumbent will have a record of accomplishments clinically, academically and or administratively, and will join a growing department and practice in a stimulating and diverse atmosphere. Salary considers qualifications and levels of expertise.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

*Oversee daily operations, and provide clinical, programmatic and administrative leadership to the Hospice and Palliative Care service.

*Provide physician services, clinical input and oversight for all patient treatment plans consistent with hospice and palliative care philosophy.

*Provide inpatient and outpatient consultation services in hospice and palliative care. Be an active participant and facilitate clarification and the development of patient and family goals of care. Home visits will be made as indicated.

*Improve access to Hospice and Palliative care as experienced by patients, their families and providers. Amplify the awareness of the concepts, role and availability of Hospice and Palliative Care services among ambulatory, home-based, specialty and acute care clinicians. Facilitate access to appropriate supportive care services

*Consult with attending staff as requested so that symptom management for patients is effectively and expeditiously accomplished.

*Apprise the Hospice and Palliative Care team of medical care and practice standards

*Plan and direct educational experience for medical students, residents, and fellows assigned to Hospice and Palliative Care.

*Provide counsel to the GEC&R; leadership team regarding process improvement, program development, and policy decisions related to Hospice and Palliative Care service.

*Train ambulatory, specialty and acute care clinicians to provide basic palliative care through improvements in service delivery policies, procedures and interfaces. Develop and provide education to medical center staff and coworkers.

*Full and appropriate documentation of patients care services to support professional billing for these services.

*Work closely with the HPC Program Manager

*Participation in on-call coverage for the Hospice & Palliative Care Service.

*Develop responsive and productive training partnership with the local academic affiliates (including enhancing Hospice and Palliative Care service partnership with the Hospice and Palliative Care fellowship training program at the University of Louisville Hospital).

*Pursue opportunities for partnering with other specialties, including Primary Care, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Surgery and Oncology within the facility.

*Other duties as assigned.

WORK SCHEDULE: Primarily clinical, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Some weekend coverage.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light lifting (under 15 lbs.), light carrying (under 15 lbs.), use of fingers, walking 4-8 hours, standing 4-8 hours, near vision correctable at 13"to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability, working closely with others, working alone, and working with bio hazardous material.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Full un-restricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be proficient in written AND spoken English.
  • U.S. Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed ONLY if it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
  • Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

*Preferred Experience: *

  • Board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • Eligible for faculty appointment at the University of Louisville at the Associate Professor or Professor level.

  • Successful completion of a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

  • Experience in teaching residents, fellows, medical students and inter-professional team members in the specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC (e.g., Company/organization name, position title, dates of employment (month/year), and number of hours per week). WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your résumé/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2, PHYSICIAN*QUALIFICATION STANDARD*, dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

Original transcripts will not be returned.

The degree of Doctor of Medicine or equivalent 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: a. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Associate of American Medical colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. b. Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. c. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation 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 will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

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), SF-15 (as applicable) 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 review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

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.

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."


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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

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

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Other Information

This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system): Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 451107500

Job Announcement Number: VHA-603-16-RY1806558-H-BU