Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Hospitalist) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
Work Schedule is Part Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 1/5/2016 (295 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Veterans Health Administration

The Best Care!!! The Best Careers!!!

Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center is located in West Alabama on a beautifully landscaped 126 acre campus. Tuscaloosa offers a low cost of living and year round outdoor recreational activities along with cultural activities.

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?

Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center is seeking a Staff Physician (Hospitalist) with proven leadership skills and a vision for the future to join our team of dedicated professionals who provide health care to veterans that is second to none.

Announcement Number: TUS-16-MED-003-OC1592863

Vacancy ID: 1592863

Position Title: Physician (Hospitalist)

Work Schedule:Part Time(Weekends, holidays, evenings or nights (WHEN))

Service Location: Medicine Service Line

Position may be filled prior to the closing date. Vacancy has been extended until 12/30/2016 or until filled.

Note 1: The Physician is located in Tuscaloosa and may provideTele-Health services to the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Selma Clinic in Selma, Alabama.

*Note 2: * Relocation expenses are authorized.

Note 3: Recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidate (subject to eligibility and approval) .

*Note 4: *Once appointed, If you meet all established criteria, you may be eligible to apply for partial student loan reimbursement under the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), subject to available funding. You will be required to make contact with the Program Coordinator in Human Resources within 30 days of your appointment date to confirm your eligibility and initiate application paperwork.

Note 5: Physician is required to be a collaborating physician for one or more mid-level providers upon request.

Note 6:This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Note*7:* Applicants interested in part-time hours must indicate their availability; part-time hours may be from 8 to 32 hours per week).

Note 8: Amended 03/09/2016 to extend the closing date from 03/31/2016 to 06/30/2016.


The Hospitalist is a staff physician responsible for maintaining professional, technical and administrative knowledge, competencies and skills to provide effective, timely and quality responses to patients who present themselves with acute or emergent health care problems during weekends, holidays, evenings and nights (WHEN), specifically. The incumbent is responsible for overall clinical leadership during on WHEN duty hours and ensures the quality of medical and mental health services provided, the education and training of professional staff, and the safety and ethical conduct of medical research conducted on patients assigned under purview. A comprehensive skill set of clinical and administrative expertise is required to meet the needs of widespread rural health patient populations. The incumbent must demonstrate knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers. The incumbent may be required to collaborate with one or more advance practice nurses or physicians assistants. The incumbent is a physician and serves as the primary point of accountability in the service and maximizes the efficient use of available resources. The physician maintains high clinical standards that are carried into decision-making processes and maintain BLS certification. All physicians comply with credentialing and privileging and required monitoring and evaluation criteria. The physicians comply with current standards for medical record documentation. The incumbent will provide medical coverage for the entire VA medical facility.

Duties include: The incumbent will provide professional patient care approximately 50% of the time and administrative duties 50% of the time. The duties and responsibilities of the hospitalist physician include but are not limited to the following:

  • Functioning as facility’s medical officer for weekends, holidays, evenings or nights (WHEN).

  • Providing admission and discharge management for inpatient units outside of regular administrative hours.

  • Working with clinical staff, supervisors, managers and team leaders in the facility to achieve and maintain high standards of performance.

  • Obtaining certification to perform administrative reviews to complete Compensation & Pension (C&P;) Disability Benefits Questionnaires through record review.

  • Participating in the development of long and short-term goals for the continued improvement of medical services throughout the organization.

  • Functioning as advisor to the Chief of Staff, Associate Director, Associate Director for Nursing and Patient Care Services, and Facility Director on issues related to the provision of direct patient care during WHEN duty hours.

  • Functioning as a collaborating provider for Advance Practice Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, as needed.

  • Participating on Medical Center committees, workgroups and systems redesign projects, as needed.

  • Contributing to the development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of services to patients during WHEN hours.

  • Facilitating compliance with standards established by oversight and regulatory entities such as Joint Commission, CARF, OSHA, CAP, OIG, etc.

  • Providing coverage as Employee Health Physician during WHEN hours.

  • Ensuring timely completion of all program evaluations and documents associated with clinical care reviews and medical advisory opinions by the Medical Center, VISN, and/or VACO.

  • Ensuring that Reusable Medical Equipment systematic processes are utilized.

  • Complying with the Green Environmental Management System goals. The incumbent is responsible for the completion of the environmental aspect/impact analysis in collaboration with the GEMS Coordinator, for effective implementation of the operational strategies developed through the GEMS program to ensure regulatory compliance, and for improving environmental performance within her/her service. Also the incumbent shall consider environmentally preferable and recycled products in all purchasing decisions.

  • Complying with Cultural Transformation & Patient Centered Care goals. The incumbent will reinforce perception of excellent care through cultural transformation and patient centered cultural improvement projects. The incumbent will indirectly and directly provide efforts to support a cultural change and patient centered culture at TVAMC.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


  • U.S. citizenship
  • Degree of doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, or an equivalent degree.

  • 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.

  • Must have completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • Must meet physical standards of the position described in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. A pre-employment physical examination may be required.
  • This is a drug testing designated position. Employees in drug testing designated positions will be subject to random drug testing.

*Preferred Experience: *Board certification (examples include: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine).

Physical Requirements: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ( ). Functional requirements include moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); moderate carrying (15-44 lbs); walking and standing and standing for 2 to 4 hours; Both legs required; Both eyes required Ability to distinguish basic colors; Aability to distinguish shades of color; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; (hearing aid permitted).

English Language Proficiency: Physician appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

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

References : VA Handbook 5005/, Part II, Appendix G2, Physician Qualification Standard, dated April 2002; VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services

Education Requirements: Degree of doctor of medicine or equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. All education claimed by the applicant will be verified. 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.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States
  • New appointees will be subject 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 from having to do so under Selective Service Law
  • Newly employed federal employees may be subject to a two year probationary period.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Qualified candidates will be reviewed by a Search Committee who will evaluate application materials and recommend those who should be contacted for interview. You will be notified when this decision is made.


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. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .

Other Information

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

Salary Range: $98,967.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to Any United States Citizen

Control Number: 425707800

Job Announcement Number: TUS-16-MED-003-OC1592863