Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Primary Care Telehealth in North Little Rock, Arkansas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • North Little Rock, AR
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 9/2/2016 (52 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 8/30/2017 (310 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1782228

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 Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (section of Telehealth) is seeking a dynamicphysician for the position of Telehealth Primary Care Physician. The Incumbent will demonstrate proficiency in practice, planning, and self-direction in goal setting for managing each Veteran's medical need. It is preferred that candidates be board-certified in Family Practice or Internal Medicine, with experience in women's health care. In this position, you will provide comprehensive primary care for men and women veterans of all ages (20 to elderly) via telehealth.

You will be leveraging telehealth to improve access & continuity of primary care services to Veterans throughout Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The position utilizes a clinical video telehealth (CVT) to deliver primary care services to patients in other clinics throughout VISN 16. This includes management of a panel of patients providing preventive health care; primary care evaluation and management of medical conditions; and gender-specific primary care. Leveraging state of the art technology you will perform daily clinical exams with the assistance of a nurse who manipulates technology to enable you to perform a full exam. This telehealth work is augmented by quarterly visits to the patient site for more invasive exams or procedures.

Recruitment or Relocation Incentives may be authorized.

Incumbents for this position may apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) ONLY IF ALL of the following conditions are met:

  • EDRP funds are available for a Full Time Appointment .

  • All eligibility factors, as shown in VHA Handbook 1021.01, are met.

  • Incumbent is within the first 6 months of permanent appointment or conversion to a permanent appointment. Submitting incomplete application packages or lack of EDRP funds does NOT extend the 6 month period.**

A complete EDRP application package must be submitted to the EDRP Coordinator within 4 months of permanent appointment or conversion to a permanent appointment. There is no guarantee of receipt of any EDRP award and if awarded, the amount may be for a lesser amount than requested.**

This announcement is open until filled. Applicants will be referred as applications are received. When a qualified applicant is selected, this announcement will be closed.

  • Perform initial histories and physical examinations on outpatients. History and physical initial examinations will mostly rely on the use of CVT technology, but some direct face-to-face visits may also be needed.
  • Provide ongoing outpatient and inpatient care for assigned patients.
  • Screen outpatients to determine need for further care.
  • Prescribe medications within defined scope of practice.
  • Order diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, x-rays, electrocardiograms (EKGs).
  • Review need for and order health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  • Initiate, respond to and expedite request for consultations, special tests and studies, medical conditions, and use of prescribed treatments and drugs.
  • Complete required Veterans Health Administration clinical reminder assessments/tests/evaluations.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. May occasionally deviate from the usual 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. shift schedule.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional limited travel to the distal sites or for training may be 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:

  • Board-certified, or board-eligible
  • Board-certified in Family Practice or Internal Medicine, with experience in women's health care.
  • Provider telehealth experience desired.

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: The work is mostly sedentary and requires some standing, bending and carrying light items. The incumbent must have the ability to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time to interact with the patients and other services.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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.

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

Series & Grade: GS-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448248900

Job Announcement Number: RQ-16-TB-1782228-BU