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Physician (Orthopedic Surgeon)

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    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 Department of
    Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who
    served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and
    personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people~ our Veterans. VA professionals feel good
    about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of
    predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and
    professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.
    The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed
    Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and nine community based outpatient clinics (CBOC). It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs. Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center. Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).
    The VAMC in Memphis is part of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, VISN 9, which includes facilities in Lexington and Louisville, KY; Huntington, WV; and Nashville and Mountain Home, TN.


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    The VA Medical Center Memphis, a level A VA facility, is seeking full-time Orthopedic Surgeon, board certified or board eligible in internal medicine.

    The duties and responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Uses surgical, medical or physical means to investigate, preserve and restore functions to a patient's extremities or spine
    • Deals with both primary and secondary musculoskeletal issues of a patient's central nervous system, such as tumors, injuries, degenerative disease, trauma, congenital deformities and infections.
    • Specializes in the muscles, ligaments, bones, tendons, joints and nerves, which let our bodies move
    • Specializes in such areas as foot and ankle orthopedics, orthopedic sports medicine, pediatric orthopedics, adult reconstructive orthopedics, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic spine surgery, hand surgery and orthopedic trauma.
    • Provides medical care by performing physical exams, designing treatment and therapeutic plans, and keeping track of patient progress to determine what needs to be done.
    • Performs back and spinal surgeries, joint replacement surgery, and repair fractures in bones.
    • Accepts patient referrals from other physicians, reviewing records and planning treatment options.
    • Meets with patients to proceed with specialized testing or further examination of the physical condition that lead to the referral.
    • Examines patients including physical examinations, ordering x-rays, MRl's or other testing sources.
    • Plans specialized after surgery care, coordinating follow up medical support and meeting with patients after surgery to answer questions and monitor recovery.
    • Manages record keeping, patient charts and all required surgical and hospital records as needed.
    • Administrative duties will be specific to General Surgery/Surgical Service as designated by the Chief of Surgery to include preventive medicine and emergency preparedness.

    Work Schedule: Varies depending on the needs of the facility

    Travel Required
    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Who May Apply This job is open to… United States Citizens
    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0602 Medical Officer

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Must pass pre-employment examination
    • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
    • Background and/or Security Investigation required
    • U.S. Citizenship
    • English language proficiency

    Conditions Of Employment
    - Must pass pre-employment examination.
    - Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.,
    - Background and/or Security Investigation required.
    - U.S. Citizenship
    - English language proficiency

    DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

    - Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

    Veteran's Preference:
    When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the
    section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service
    (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a
    copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces,
    certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

    Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart
    recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should
    refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation
    with your application materials. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

    For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to



    a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified
    citizens in accordance with section A, chapter 3, paragraph 3g, this part.)
    b. Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic
    medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was
    in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
    (1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the
    degree was granted, or
    (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
    (3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational
    Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and
    must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. '

    Licensure and Registration. Physicians must possess a 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

    Residency Training. Physicians must have completed residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.)
    Approved residencies are:

    (1) Those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate
    Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or
    (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided
    an applicant with appropriate professional training.

    Physical Requirements. The physical requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical
    ability of the applicant to satisfactory perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite
    laboratory and other screening as required by Federal, regulatory agencies.

    English Language Proficiency. Physicians 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).

    References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD

    Education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.


    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    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. For further information, visit: .

    . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign
    education to meet qualification requirements, you will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalence.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim
    qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a
    qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible
    rating or may affect the overall rating.

    Additional information

    Other Information

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

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

    United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA


    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.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA,
    career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding
    an Alternate Application.


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal
    employee, you and. your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career
    very rewarding.
    • Benefits for federal employees
    • Healthcare insurance
    • Pay and leave

    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, 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 benefits/benefits.asp
    ( benefits/benefits.asp)

    If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your
    career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or
    intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    How You Will Be Evaluated


    Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully.

    Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    NOTE: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and utilized in determining the grade and
    salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
    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.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Applicable

  • Required Documents
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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
    • Resume
    • Transcript
    • License
    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • other (10-2580)
  • Other Veterans Document
  • SF-15
  • SF-50

    VA Form 10-2850 -Application for Physician, Dentist; Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor (Available at

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
    You are encouraged to apply on line. Applying on line will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
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    How to Apply

    : All applicants are encouraged to apply on line.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation
    specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Sunday September 30, 2018 to receive

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts
    to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational
    2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

  • It is your responsibility to.ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,

    , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will
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    agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy .
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    application will be incomplete.

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    9015238990 X5928
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    Memphis VA Medical Center
    1030 Jefferson Avenue
    Memphis, TN

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    Next steps

    Next steps

    You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do
    not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via US postal service within 2-4 weeks.

    Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the
    announcement Sunday, September 30, 2018. If this requirement ls not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options.

    What To Expect Next

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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 USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information
    regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

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    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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    • Signature and false statements
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period

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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Full time
Memphis, Tennessee, US