Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Geriatrics Extended Care Service in Reno, Nevada

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

Opened Saturday 10/1/2016 (142 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 3/1/2017 (9 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1815073

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 VASNHCS provides primary and secondary care to a large geographic area that includes 20 counties in Northern Nevada and Northeastern California. Approximately 120,000 veterans reside in this region. The Reno campus operates 60 hospital beds and 60 community living center (nursing home) beds. There are four community based outpatient clinics and one rural health outreach clinic.

A career with the VA offers stable employment and a future that is challenging, satisfying, and rewarding. Our excellent patient care environment includes learning and teaching opportunities, an advanced electronic medical records system, and competitive salaries with comprehensive benefits including liability protection.

Academic affiliations for VASNHCS are the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the East Bay Surgical Program at the University of California, San Francisco. Approximately 45 medical, surgical, psychiatry, geriatrics and palliative medicine residents and fellows rotate annually through VASNHCS. Located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Reno is minutes away from beautiful Lake Tahoe. Year round recreation, entertainment, arts, and culture abound. Reno also boasts an average of 260 days of sunshine per year. Best of all, Nevada has no state income tax!

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) in Reno, NV is seeking a full-time board certified/board eligible Geriatrician to work for the Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) service line. The service line offers skilled, rehabilitative, palliative and community based services provided by experienced interdisciplinary teams. The physician will work with these teams and with resident and fellows trainees in our nursing home, home care, clinic and hospital settings. Staff physicians in Geriatrics and Extended Care are responsible for inpatient and outpatient care, graduate and undergraduate medical education and scientific research as appropriate. Duties may include a mix of nursing home patient care, resident/fellow supervision, palliative care consults, HBPC (home health) physician duties and geriatrics clinic depending on interest and experience. The preferred candidate will have strong communication skills, pertinent experience, teaching skills, experience in administration/performance improvement, and be board certified or eligible in geriatrics and palliative medicine.

Duties may also include:

  1. Patient Care

a. Provide attending physician services in the VASNHCS skilled nursing unit, including initial and follow-up attending services, evaluation of complex cases, collaboration with nurse practitioners, supervision of residents and students, and shared on call attending coverage.

b. Provide staff physician services in the VASNHCS Primary Care clinic, including initial evaluations, longitudinal care and ordering of appropriate studies, treatments and referrals.

c. Provide geriatric consultations upon request to other areas in the medical center.

  1. Academic Duties

a. Participate in the teaching programs of the University of Nevada, School of Medicine, including education of residents in internal medicine, family medicine and psychiatry as well as instruction of students from a variety of disciplines.

b. Organize and provide teaching conferences and in-services in geriatrics and related areas.

  1. Quality Assurance and Compliance

a. Participate in selected VA and UNSOM committees, including the VA nursing home Interdisciplinary Team, Geriatric Staff Committee and UNSOM Department of Medicine Faculty Committee.

b. Maintain current requirements for credentialing and privileging including necessary license and certifications.

c. Participate in peer review and case review in Primary Care, Geriatrics, and upon request by Quality Management.

d. Pursue high quality continuing education and professional development opportunities.

e. Participate in appropriate regional and national professional organizations.

  1. University and Community duties/Liaisons (not reimbursed by VA)

a. Serve on university committees such as geriatrics and gerontology curriculum committees.

b. Network with aging related entities and organizations in the community.

*EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM (EDRP): *The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.

Recruitment and Relocation expenses are Not authorized

Work Schedule: Full-Time 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician - Geriatrician / #000000

Position is in the bargaining unit

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.

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: 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: In the process of providing patient care, the work involves regular and recurring periods of walking, standing, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting, reaching and carrying. Manual dexterity is required to operate medical equipment and perform activities such as surgery, treatments and computerized medical record documentation.

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.

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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: $180,000.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452124700

Job Announcement Number: VASNHCS-16-AE-1815073-BU