Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician- EMERGENCY MEDICINE in Newington, Connecticut

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

Opened Friday 8/26/2016 (61 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1786857

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?

The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral 30 days from announcement opening. Subsequent referrals will be made every month after that date. Applications received after the first cut-off date, will be considered for the second cutoff date and so on until the position is filled or closes.

VA Connecticut Healthcare System seeks a full time ED attending physician for clinical work, predominantly at the Newington Campus with occasional ED coverage at the main campus in West Haven. Newington is a free standing urgent care facility housed with a large primary care service as well as selected medical/surgical specialty clinics with an annual workload of 6,000 patients/year; approximately 10% of patients are admitted to the VA at the main campus or to local community hospitals. Official hours of operation at Newington are 8am to 4:30 pm and the facility is currently closed on weekends and federal holidays. The facility supports clinical education of medical students and residents from Univ of Connecticut. The West Haven campus is a level 1A facility and primary care/specialty clinics with a 24/7 ED that receives ambulances form the surrounding community and has an annual census of approximately 14,000 visits and is a major academic affiliate of Yale University. Both units primarily serve a defined population of CT Veterans, approximately 55,000 with an ED caseload composed primarily of adult medicine/surgery and behavioral health urgencies with very few pediatrics and obstetric presentations.

VA Connecticut Healthcare System was officially formed in 1995. We serve veterans in Connecticut and southern New England. The West Haven facility is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology and a renowned research program. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, acute, tertiary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. Newington is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. In addition to our main campuses, we operate six community-based primary care centers throughout the state.

**A Recruitment/Relocation incentive is authorized for this position and may be utilized for a highly qualified candidate.

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) is not authorized.


Full time ED attending physician for clinical work, predominantly at the Newington Campus Urgent Care facility with occasional ED coverage at the main campus in West Haven CT.

*Perform evaluations, stabilization and treatment on initial encounter with unscheduled, emergency and urgent care patients

*Order appropriate routine diagnostic tests and x-ray studies necessary to complete the evaluation.

*Coordinate patient treatment plans involving Primary Care and specialists as appropriate.

*Evaluations to determine medical stability and suitability for care of patients with behavioral health emergencies in both the West Haven Psychiatry ED (a free standing, separately staffed behavioral health ED) and local non VA mental health facilities. .

*Coordinate transfers of urgent care patients from the Newington facility to VA or community hospitals for appropriate care

*Provide physician oversight to ED nursing staff and other ED mid-levels.

*Participate in quality assurance programs and chart reviews.

*Participate on committees of the Medical staff.

*Attend physician meetings as well as ED staff meetings.

Work Schedule: Newington campus Monday- Friday 8a-4:30pm;

West Haven- may include evenings, weekends and holidays

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • From the Newington campus to the West Haven campus
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation incentive is available for a highly qualified candidate. PCS is NOT authorized.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • 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.

Basic Requirements:

*Citizenship of the United States.

*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:

*Board Eligible/Board certified in Emergency Medicine.

*Completed a ACGME recognized residency training in emergency medicine.

  • Qualify for a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Connecticut and Yale University.

*Experience in clinical instruction of medical students and emergency medicine residents.

*Interest in assuming role of site lead physician and relevant experience in this role.

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.

References: 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: *Physicians should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position. The position will require walking, standing or sitting for periods up to 8 hours. Medical records are fully electronic.

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." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is 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).

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 person with disabilities to apply.

The health related positions are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448797200

Job Announcement Number: VHA-689-16-JSJP-1786857