Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Compensation and Pension) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

Opened Wednesday 9/28/2016 (23 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 12/5/2016 (45 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Join us for an exciting career at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System where serving Veterans and their families is our passion! With over 583 beds spread across two sites—University Drive division and H.J. Heinz III Progressive Care Center—we offer innovative and compassionate care to Veterans in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Our patient focused approach allows our providers to practice medicine the way it was meant to be practiced. VA physicians work with an interdisciplinary care team to deliver state-of-the-art medicine using some of the most advanced medical technologies. To learn more about VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, visit

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.

The Compensation and Pension & Occupational Health (C&P;/OH) Department is seeking a highly qualified physician to provide disability examinations for Veterans in collaboration with Veterans Benefits Affairs (VBA). Compensation and Pension exams serve the purpose of determining the amount of disability a Veteran might be suffering as result of their service in the military. The focused and comprehensive examinations are performed according to VBA standards and submitted electronically for rating determinations to VBA to be rated. Our goal is to provide Veterans with high quality and timely evaluations. C&P; exams are conducted in a way to skillfully balance the Veterans' need to be heard and compensated with VA's need for objective documentation of the Veterans' function. C&P; providers also provide medical opinions and perform evaluations for appeals and negligence cases. We provide services through face to face, telephone contact, and via telemedicine services. The selected physician will join a team of other physicians, CRNP's, PA's, and administrative support staff. The physician may be assigned as the preceptor to individual CRNP/PA's and would report to the Chief of C&P;/OH.

Desired training in Worker's Compensation and Internal Medicine, Family Practice, or Sports Medicine, along with significant experience in the field preferred.


VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is seeking a Physician (Compensation and Pension). Duties include:

  • Performing history and physical examinations, orders and evaluates appropriate diagnostic studies, and acts within the guidelines and quality indicators set forth by the VA Central Office of Disability and Medical Assessment (DMA

  • Performing Compensation and Pension examinations for all claimed medical conditions except those limited to specialists; writes medical opinions to provide very specific information to ensure proper evaluation of the claimed disability by non-medical adjudicating officials of the Veterans Benefits Administration and courts;

  • Generates Compensation and Pension exam reports; and functions as a resource person to other examiners.

Work Schedule:Full-Time, (40 Hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM), with possible weeknight and weekend hours.

Work Location:H.J. Heinz, Aspinwall

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive:No

Education Debt Reduction Program: No

Bargaining Unit: This is a non-bargaining unit position.

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.
  • Must possess a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Basic Requirements:

Must be proficient in the English language.

  • 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/board eligible in OEM

  • Three to five years of OEM clinical experience

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.

EDUCATION: 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. (3) 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.

FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

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.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties of Physician, Section Chief of Occupational Health, under normal and emergent conditions. Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices, heavy carrying of 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking or standing up to 4 hours per day; repeated bending up to 1-2 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hearing aid permitted. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019

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.

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice,

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

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 $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451783500

Job Announcement Number: HP-646-17-TJH-1812473-SR