Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Gastroenterologist) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

Opened Wednesday 1/13/2016 (287 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 1/12/2017 (78 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1600316

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

This announcement establishes an open continuous announcement of eligible applicants to be considered for a future vacancy this position. The "What Happens Next" area of the announcement provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement.

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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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A recruitment/relocation incentive may be approved for a highly qualified candidate.


The Medicine Service Line of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh (UPSOM) is seeking a full-time Physician (BC/BE Gastroenterology) to join the Gastroenterology Division. This position is primarily located at the University Drive Division of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, but may also require duties to be performed at the HJ Heinz division. VA Pittsburgh provides comprehensive GI consultative services including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), ERCP, care of patients pre and post hepatic transplantation (approximately 40 of which per year are performed at VAPHS) and subspecialty GI care for patients with IBD.

The candidate will be expected to be proficient in all basic GI endoscopy procedures including EGD and colonoscopy. In addition, candidates should have experience in performing liver biopsies and manometry studies. Other duties include seeing patients in the gastroenterology and hepatology clinics, and consultation for inpatients and the Emergency Department as requested. On call coverage will also be required. The physician will work in a team setting with other physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, clinical pharmacists, physical therapists, registered nurses, and support staff assigned to perform duties to accomplish the treatment of our patients. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Possess basic endoscopic skills and have a background and interest in clinical/research participation. IBE, ERCP and EUS skills are highly desired.

  • Perform diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower endoscopy, including, stent placement, PEGs, and dilation.

  • Work closely with all health care professionals throughout the VAPHS, and provide consultation to other services.

  • Supervise, mentor and teach graduates, including GI fellows and residents.

  • Perform chart reviews and coordinate with other providers regarding patient care issues.

  • Responsible to document patient care data in electronic medical records (CPRS), such as: history and physical exams, daily progress notes for inpatients, encounters for outpatients, consult notes, discharge summaries and instructions, transfer summaries and enter both new and renewal prescriptions in a timely fashion in all areas in accordance with facility policy.

  • Responsible for management of diagnostic, preventative and/or therapeutic gastroenterological and endoscopic services

  • Maintain good diagnostic, judgmental and therapeutic acumen at all times

  • Participate in quality assurance programs.

  • Comply with all quality performance measures and improvement programs contracts under the cognizance of the Gastroenterology Section of Medicine Service Line.

  • Gastroenterology on-call responsibilities will be shared with the other staff Gastroenterologists.

  • Participate in committees and task forces.

  • Must qualify for an academic appointment at UPSOM

Work Schedule: Full-Time, M-F (Specific schedule will be determined upon appointment)

Work Location: University Drive and HJ Heinz division

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is recei

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Random drug testing
  • Physical standards
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


•U.S. citizenship

•English language proficiency

•Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment is required.

•Licensure and Registration – Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA

•Educational requirements - 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:

•Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

•Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

•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.

•For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required.

•First-Year Residency (Internship) - Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was competed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are:

•Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, OR

•Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.


The preferred Physician (Gastroenterolgy) will have training, experience, and clinical investigative interests in IBD an/or care of patients pre and post hepatic transplantation. He/She will possess a current BLS and ACLS certification and will have experience with clinical research. VAPHS is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School (UPSOM). It is preferred that the individual selected possess strong teaching skills as they are expected to supervise residents rotating in the Gastroenterology Department and must qualify for an academic appointment at UPSOM and will participate in mentoring GI fellows.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.


Light Lifting, under 15 pounds

Light Carrying, under 15 pounds

Reaching above shoulders

Use of fingers

Both hands required

Walking (2hours)

Near vision correctable at 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4

Hearing (aid permitted)

Mental and emotional stability

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; religious; 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions 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 must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Applications will be reviewed throughout the open period of this job vacancy announcement. All applicants who meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the hiring manager. Referrals will be made on a monthly basis. Referrals will continue until the vacancy is filled. Referred applicants may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview.

Please note, all applicants may receive consideration for 6 months from the date of application. If you wish to be considered after that time, and the announcement is still open to receive applications, you must re-apply to indicate your continued interest. All applicants will receive a final notification once a selection 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."

If a highly qualified candidate is identified, the announcement can close prior to the closing date. All applicants will be notified via email.

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

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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

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.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $300,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 426525700

Job Announcement Number: HP-646-16-TLG-1600316-SR