Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Service Chief, Spinal Cord Injury) in San Diego, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • San Diego, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 11/30/2016 (113 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/30/2017 (252 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1860722

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?

Applicants will be referred on a monthly basis. Please ensure your application is current and if you are no longer interested in the position, email the contact included in the announcement in order to remove your application from consideration.

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.

A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive maybe authorized. To receive consideration for an incentive, the selectee must be among the best qualified and meet the criteria established in the VA Handbook 5007 Part VI Chapter 2.


The Department of Veterans Affairs, VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), is seeking a Chief for our Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Service.This Service is a designated Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) Center, which serves Veterans and active duty personnel with SCI/D in San Diego and Imperial Counties, Arizona, and Southern Nevada. The SCI/D Center is the primary SCI/D consultation and specialty center for the Prescott, Tuscon, and Phoenix VA facilities.

The Chief, SCI major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides direct leadership, programmatic management, and administrative oversight to the SCI/D Service and its staff. Directs and coordinates the medical care of patients with SCI/D. Establishes guidelines, policies and procedures for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with SCI/D. Serves as the Chief Medical Officer for admission screening and discharge planning.

  • Works in conjunction with SCI/D Physician Assistants in the daily medical management of patients with SCI/D admitted for acute rehabilitation, annual SCI/D evaluations, acute medical or surgical care, or respite care. This includes daily rounds, documents of progress notes as outlined in the VASDHS Plan for Provision of Care, management of weekly Interdisciplinary Team conferences, referral for appropriate medical specialty consultations, and overall management of the delivery of SCI/D care to each patient.

  • Sees patients with SCI/D in the SCI Outpatient Clinic and provides medical primary care for eligible patients in the outpatient setting. This includes outpatient Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) rehabilitation patients with SCI/D and serves as the Rehab Team Leader, working closely with the SCI Outpatient CARF Case Manager and other identified team members.

  • Promotes expansion and utilizes SCI/D telehealth services as appropriate for inpatient and outpatient care such as admission and discharge hand-offs, family/team conferences, home telehealth care, clinical video telehealth care, etc.

  • Ensures visits from SCI/D Center (Hub) to the SCI/D Spokes in Arizona are conducted to maintain standards of practice through the continuum of care of patients with SCI/D. Key aspects of SCI/D care at the Spokes are evaluated (access to care, accessibility, resources, staffing, equipment, etc.) to facilitate the coordination of care between the SCI/D Hub and Spokes and, if needed, provides suggestions for improvement.

  • Develops, implements, and maintains a program of research that addresses topics of importance to patients with SCI/D. Actively participates in identification of avenues of novel SCI/D research as well as design of appropriate methodology and analytical approaches. Facilitates translation of research findings into improved patient outcomes.

  • Participates in patient and staff education and peer review. Completes quarterly physician quality review audits (six charts per quarter) which specifically look at entering progress notes, discharge summaries, discharge instructions, clinical reminders, and Admission H&Ps; in a timely manner.

  • Reviews performance data, stakeholder information, any new SCI/D Program, and VA-wide strategic initiatives to formulate strategic planning for SCI Service in the form of long term goals and initiatives pertinent to the care of patients with SCI/D. Determines if any issues, trends, challenges, etc. need to be addressed in the strategic plans.

  • Serves as a key clinical resource for the VASDHS Director and Chief of Staff and is part of the clinical leadership team of the VASDHS.

WORK SCHEDULE:Full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Tour of duty may be discussed upon selection. Night, holiday, and weekend work may be required, serving as the primary physician on-call for 1 week every 4th week (as part of the shared call schedule with the three other SCI physicians) to cover the patients admitted to the SCI Service. On-call duty is localized on pager with daily rounds on the assigned weekends and holidays.


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required to other VA facilities and meetings within the continental United States.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.
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:

  • Meet requirements to obtain and maintain academic appointment with our affiliate university, University of California San Diego (UCSD).

  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, Internal Medicine, or Surgery (Orthopedic, Urology, etc.) with subspecialty board certification in Spinal Cord Injury.

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: Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Bending/stooping; Twisting; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Hearing aid permitted; Mental and Emotional Stability required.

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.

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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: $130,000.00 to $320,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 458005100

Job Announcement Number: OP-17-MWa-1860722