Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Primary Care in Owen, Wisconsin

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

Opened Thursday 6/2/2016 (140 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 6/1/2017 (224 day(s) away)

Job Overview

A recruitment/relocation incentive is authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1720160

Non-Citizens may apply and can be appointed when it's not possible to recruit qualified citizens for the position.

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?

VAMC Tomah ( ) has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to veterans living in a Western/Central area of Wisconsin.

In addition to our main facility in Tomah, we offer services in four community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in LaCrosse, Clark County, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. VAMC Tomah is one of seven facilities that comprise Veterans Integrated Services Network 12 (VISN12) which is administratively headquartered at Hines, IL, and includes facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program, up to $120,000 over 5 years, depending on the amount of verified qualifying debt balance and funding availability. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

This position is open for 12 months or until filled. Lists of eligible will be sent to the hiring manager on a regular basis.


The Tomah VA Medical Center is recruiting for one (1) experienced highly qualified Board Certified/Board Eligible physician for the Primary Care Clinic at the Clark County Outpatient Clinic. The Associate Chief of Staff – Medicine Service will provide the work assignments for this physician and will provide professional direction. The physician will be granted clinical privileges for the VA based on his/her specific expertise. Work will commence immediately upon completion of orientation. The physician will be required to work cooperatively with other physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, administrative staff, and a variety of allied health professionals to deliver comprehensive health care services to veteran patients. The medical center utilizes a computerized medical record system. The physician must be familiar with personal computers, have adequate keyboard skills to perform all data entry (progress notes and physician orders, history and physicals, discharge summaries), and be able to navigate through windows based computer programs. Training on the computerized medical record system will be provided by the medical center.


  • The physician will follow and meet all medical center policies, rules and regulations.

  • The physician is required to be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) and to maintain the certification during their work at the medical center.

  • Function as a full team member of the interdisciplinary team serving patients at the VA.

  • Provide history, physical examination, diagnosis, and initiation of medical treatment.

  • Initiate and facilitate treatment and transfer in emergency situations.

  • Follow-up office visits for existing medical problems and appropriate diagnostic test and medication adjustments.

  • Referral of patients as needed to appropriate specialists, health care facilities, and coordination of home health services.

  • Document assessments and plan of care for each patient in accordance with policies and procedures.

  • Act as a consultant in clinical practice and may serve as a managing/supervising physician for physician assistants.

  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with other providers and disciplines to ensure continuity of patient care.

  • Collaborate and act as a patient advocate.

  • Maintain knowledge of new and current clinical methods.

  • Abide by all Medical Center policies and procedures.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel to the Tomah VA.
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. Non citizens 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 Qualifications:

  • Board Certified/Board Eligible

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: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting.

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.

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: $170,000.00 to $225,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).

Control Number: 440746500

Job Announcement Number: TM-16-AZ-1720160-BU