Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Podiatrist in Peoria, Illinois

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

Opened Thursday 9/29/2016 (27 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/25/2016 (30 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1804729 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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the ScheduleA excepted appointment authority.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives have been authorized.

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


The Podiatrist is aligned under the Surgery Service Line. The Podiatrist functions as an independent practitioner exercising initiative and judgment in day-to-day activities. The Podiatrist is responsible for seeing patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Responsibilities include screening outpatients and providing ongoing care, ordering diagnostic tests and consultations, writing discharge orders, providing education and counseling to patients and families, performing surgical procedures, and following podiatry inpatients. Clinic duties consist of treating conditions of the feet, including corns, calluses, hammer toes, and diabetic foot conditions; and toenail care is provided for patients who are diabetic or have peripheral vascular disease. Other duties include responding to patient telephone calls, informing patients of test results;

  • Renewing medication prescriptions; giving telephone or e-mail advice to other providers, and administrative duties, if any.
  • The incumbent is responsible for entering accurate, complete, timely progress notes for each episode of care into the patient's electronic record. This is accomplished by utilizing the Computerized Patient Record System.
  • The incumbent is responsible for the proper use, maintenance, and calibration of specialized equipment used in the assessment and care of patients.
  • The incumbent assists in orientation of new staff and will provide patient and family education, including informed consent.
  • The incumbent adheres to safety, health, and infection control standards, regulations and work practices, as well as ergonomic standards. He/she reports any unsafe conditions to supervisor and/or appropriate officials.
  • The incumbent maintains supplies, equipment and clinical areas to optimize safety and efficiency.
  • He/she demonstrates knowledge and maintains standards in the use and reprocessing of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME).

Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday; No call; Responsible for seeing patients in consultation in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

*Functional Statement Title/#: *Podiatrist

Travel Required
  • Not 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.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Friday, November 25, 2016


  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
  • Education. Degree of doctor of podiatric medicine, or its equivalent, from a school of podiatric medicine approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Approved schools are United States schools of podiatric medicine approved by the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatry Association in the year in which the degree was granted.
  • Licensure.Licensed to practice podiatry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Required to possess full and unrestricted licensure and to maintain a current registration in their State of licensure if this is a requirement of the particular State.
  • English Language Proficiency. Podiatrists appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken/written English.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS*.* In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.

Associate Grade. None beyond the basic requirements.

Full Grade. Two years of podiatric practice or its equivalent. One year of approved residency training or its creditable equivalent acceptable to the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatry Association is acceptable in lieu of the 2 years of practice. Candidate must have demonstrated the professional competence and performance necessary to provide independently podiatric diagnosis, treatment, and surgical intervention.

Intermediate Grade. Meets the requirements in paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) below:

(1) Four years of podiatric practice or its equivalent. One year of the required experience must have been in a multidisciplinary clinical setting. Two years of approved residency training or its creditable equivalent acceptable to the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatry Association and, as applicable, the appropriate specialty board is acceptable in lieu of 4 years of practice, including the above 1-year requirement.

(2) The podiatrist at this level possesses stature that would warrant appointment at the clinical instructor or higher level at a school or college of podiatry or other appropriate affiliated school or college.

(3) Has achieved a high level of professional attainment as illustrated by one or more of the following:

(a) Is a recognized expert in dealing with a variety of unusually difficult cases which are referred by other facilities for resolution and recommended courses of action to provide for maximum rehabilitation. Typically, in this capacity serves as a consultant to podiatrists or other professionals in other health care facilities.

(b) Has assumed responsibility for a comprehensive podiatry program at a facility for the care of diabetic, peripheral vascular disease and other systemic conditions involving the foot, and a program for the care of the geriatric patient. Typically, a high degree of competence and skill in responding to the needs of this patient category is demonstrated in the program development and innovative methods and techniques employed. Training in podiatry and medical or other appropriate professional areas and/or research activities of considerable scope commonly from a part of the program.

(c) Has played a significant part in the conduct of research in a problem area of considerable scope and complexity which required novel approaches and which resulted in answers to important questions or important changes in existing methods and techniques. Publications authored by the podiatrist are of considerable value to others in the individual's field. Typically overall contributions are recognized by serving on important committees or other bodies in the profession.

(d) Has achieved recognition as a full professional member of the medical program through demonstrated skills and aptitudes in handling unusually complex podiatric problems through surgical, prosthetic, and other treatment measures. Physicians regularly consult the podiatrist in arriving at proper courses of treatment in cases having podiatric manifestations, Typically, the podiatrist who is eligible for certification by a specialty board approved by the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatry Association may satisfy this level of competence.

(e) Has had full responsibility for carrying out a podiatric training program of significant size in which the podiatrist has been responsible for maintaining liaison with the affiliated school and other educational institutions and professional or scientific organizations. Innovative approaches in development of curriculum and course content and in expanding and improving the educational program have been displayed by the individual.

Senior Grade. Meets the requirements for Intermediate grade and the requirements in paragraphs (1) and (2) below:

(1) The podiatrist at this level:

(a) Possesses such academic stature as would warrant a faculty appointment of a professional level in a school or college of podiatry or other appropriate affiliated school or college, or

(b) In a recognized specialty, should be certified by a specialty board approved by the Council on Podiatry Education of the American Podiatry Association.

(2) Has demonstrated recognized superior professional attainment as evidenced by one or more of the following examples:

(a) Has served as a team leader in attacking major podiatric problems affecting the continued provision of quality care health services at a VISN, statewide, or national level. There is such confidence in the podiatrist at this level that there is unusual support of the individual's recommendations and conclusions.

(b) Has had responsibility for carrying out a major podiatric program segment on a national level.

(c) Has served on a regular basis as a consultant to a national center to which the most difficult types of orthopedic and prosthetic cases are referred from facilities throughout the country.

(d) Has conducted research in a difficult area of major scientific interest which has contributed to a substantial advance in the health field with important professional publications.

Chief Grade. Meets the requirements for Senior grade and must have demonstrated a sustained very high level of professional performance with evidence of exceptional professional and/or administrative development as demonstrated by the following:

(1) Has assumed substantial professional and/or administrative responsibilities in which the individual is expected to fully advise and make professional clinical and educational recommendations as to courses of action on problems and considerations of national scope in all areas of podiatry. Typically, the podiatrist at this level has had responsibility for a major podiatric program segment on a nationwide basis, and has been consistently called upon to represent the organization in an authoritative manner in matters dealing with development of new and/or revised concepts and programs having a major impact upon the academic, medical, and podiatric communities.

(2) Outstanding professional attainment. Examples of such attainment are:

(a) Achievement of outstanding results in research which are regarded as having a major impact on advancing the field.

(b) Significant number of noteworthy publications in professional journals.

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.

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 Handbook 5005, Appendix G4 Podiatrist Qualification Standard.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting and carrying (45 lbs. and over); straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking and standing (up to 4 hours); repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance


Additional Information
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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

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.

Probationary Period: You may be required to complete a two year probationary period.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.

Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the applicant and hiring process, please notify Ms. Debbie Lewis, Selective Placement Coordinator at (217) 554-5969. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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.

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

Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $152,593.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VP-0668-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450875900

Job Announcement Number: HI-16-DV-1804729-BU