Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physiatrist (Chief, PM&RS) in Tuskegee, Alabama

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

Opened Monday 5/2/2016 (173 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 5/1/2017 (191 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1692680

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 Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is a consolidated health care system that includes VA Medical Centers in Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama. The primary duty station for this position is the Tuskegee Campus. The incumbent will be required to work on site at the other locations as required.

FIRST CUTOFF DATE: May 13, 2016 Applications received by the first cutoff date will be referred first. Applications of qualified applicants received after the first cutoff date will be referred to the selecting official once every week until the closing date (May 1, 2017) or a selection is made.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be approved for highly qualified candidates.


The Physiatrist will serve as Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R;) within the Geriatrics, Extended Care & Rehabilitation Service Line. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation service includes 10 bed inpatient rehab program (CIIRP), Outpatient Rehab clinics, the disciplines of Audiology, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Kinesiotherapy, and special programs such as Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Pain Clinic, Amputee clinic, and Spinal Cord Injury clinic. The Chief provides medical and programmatic leadership for Rehabilitation services to ensure achievement of the clinical, research, and education goals and applicable performance measures. Duties include:

  • Approximately 40% administrative and 60% direct patient care.
  • The Physiatrist will act as both a consultant and provide medical supervision to staff therapists.
  • The Physiatrist will provide clinical coverage in inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation clinics and TBI clinic.
  • Consultative Physiatry care on inpatient respite and skilled nursing facility units as directed.
  • Outpatient Physiatry consultative care including but not limited to pain clinics, prosthetics/orthotics clinics, poly-trauma clinics, and spinal cord injury clinics.
  • Procedural diagnostic and therapeutic testing and intervention including electromyography, spasticity management, and joint injection/aspiration.
  • Participation in departmental administrative duties, medical center committees, and the general teaching functions as delegated by the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics, Extended Care & Rehabilitation Service line.
  • Motor neuron and motor system diseases - diagnosis, assessment, and management.
  • Musculoskeletal syndromes (acute/chronic), including sports and occupational injuries - diagnosis, assessment and management.
  • Myopathies, (congenital/acquired) diagnosis, assessment, and management.
  • Neurological, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular-pulmonary systems, assessment.
  • Orthotics, prosthetics, wheelchair, ambulatory devices, special beds and other assistive devices.

Work Schedule:* Monday - Friday8:00 am to 4:30 pm*Functional Statement Title/#: 00000**

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • To other sites within Central Alabama veterans Health Care System
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:Certified or Board Eligible physician (either MD or DO) with AMA or AOA approved residency training in Physical, Medicine & Rehabilitation.

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: Lifting 15-44 pounds, carrying 15-44 pounds, Use of Fingers, Near Vision correctable 13"-16" Jeager 1-4, both eyes required, depth perception, hearing aid permitted. Must be able to communicate, ability to use computer.

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.

Salary Range: $115,000.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 437448700

Job Announcement Number: JU-T38-182-Csa-1692680