Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Neurosurgeon)_OCA in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • San Juan, PR
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Friday 1/15/2016 (282 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 1/14/2017 (83 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1597450

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?

This is an open continuous announcement. Qualified applicants will be referred on each cutoff date or as needed; cutoff dates will be on the last day of each month or as needed. The announcement will remain open until the positions are filled.

Want to live on an Enchanted Island? Come work for the VA Caribbean Healthcare System where we provide services to veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can experience Caribbean culture, history and diverse activities. As a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico offers the conveniences of the mainland and a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands is only 30 minutes away. Join us to experience the wonders of working and living in a tropical paradise.

In addition to the Annual Salary: 4.08% Cost Of Living Allowance. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt. Bargaining Unit Status: Covered. Relocation Incentive or Recruitment Incentive Authorized: No

Current VA Caribbean Healthcare System permanent employees should apply under Job Announcement Number:672-16-PH-1596729-BU.


This position is located in the Surgical Service within the VA Caribbean Healthcare System in San Juan, PR. The Neurosurgeon is accountable to the Chief, Surgical Service. The Neurosurgeon is responsible for providing the evaluation, assessment and management of patients with chronic, stable conditions or acute, episodic illness related to the Neurosurgery practice, including, but not limited to, malignancies of the central nervous system, intracranial bleeding, spinal lesions, including herniated discs, stenosis and displacements, peripheral nerve damage, etc., in diverse settings, focusing on health promotion, illness, and disability minimization. The Neurosurgeon will evaluate patients in the preoperative period, prepare those patients for a major surgical procedure and provide follow up after the procedure, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Specialty health care is the provision of comprehensive, coordinated, continuous, accessible health care service by specialized clinicians. The Neurosurgeon clearly conveys the Hospital's and the Service's mission in all he/she does. He/she practices with a sense of ownership in his/her work processes. Fulfilling these responsibilities enables the integration of the Service into the overall functioning of the organization, the coordination of its services with those of other Services, and the improvement of the services it provides. The neurosurgeon functions in a collaborative partnership with other Sections and Services to provide a wide arrangement of clinical services to veteran patients pertaining general surgery conditions.

The overall responsibilities of a Neurosurgeon typically include, but are not limited to:

  • All clinically related activities of the Neurosurgery Section.
  • All administratively related activities of the Neurosurgery Section.
  • Recommending to the medical staff the criteria for clinical privileges that are relevant to the care provided in the Section.
  • Assessing and recommending to the relevant hospital authority offsite sources for needed patient care services not provided by the Section or the Organization.
  • Integrating the Section into the primary functions of the organization.
  • Coordinating and integrating interdepartmental and intradepartmental services.
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of services.
  • Recommending a sufficient number of qualified and competent persons to provide care or service.
  • Continuously assessing and improving the quality of care of the services provided.
  • Maintaining appropriate quality control programs.
  • Making recommendations for space and other resources needed by the Section.

Work Schedule: Mondays - Fridays , including off hours call during weekdays, weekends and holidays. Functional Statement Title/#: Physician (Neurosurgeon)

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 be proficient in spoken Spanish.
  • Licensure and Registration required.

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: Sufficient clinical knowledge and experience to provide competent clinical and institutional standards of care, expertise in complex spine and neurovascular surgery, and graduate of an ACME Residency program in Neurosurgery.

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.

Selective Placement Factors: 1. Must be proficient in spoken Spanish.

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: The position involves exposure to blood borne pathogens, fine manipulation, standing, walking, bending, crouching, and reaching patients. It requires dealing with the acutely ill, with patients who may display disturbed behaviors, and with stressful situations. Wearing of a respirator may be required at times in the performance of the duties of this position. When required to use respirator, employee cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face to face piece seal or valve function of the respirator. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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.

N*OTE:* Qualified candidates referred for consideration will be interviewed using the Performance Based Interview (PBI) Process. For information about PBI, you may access* .*

A*pplicant will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate*.

All technical, legal and regulatory requirements must be met on the closing date of the announcement.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment. Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements. Applicants must be citizens of the United States. New appointees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, by completing the I-9 form and supplying acceptable documentation. If required for the position, the applicant must have a valid State licensure, registration or certification. Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database. New appointees are subject to a probationary period, and to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Currently the VHA queries the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and/or the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Practitioner (HIPDB), as applicable for all current and/or new employees to ensure no sanctions have been taken against them.

Drug Free Workplace: This position may be designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564.Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment. After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs. Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs.

THE VA CARIBBEAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process please notify the Agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors, which are prohibited by law.

VETPRO CREDENTIALING: Individual selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing and electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training , experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. VetPro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty. The candidate selected will be provided further information on how to use VetPro.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $375,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: AD-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 426212900

Job Announcement Number: 672-16-PH-1597450-BU-OCA