Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Primary Care) in Louisville, Kentucky

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

Opened Thursday 7/7/2016 (109 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1739162

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is the VA the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

VA offers attractive salary, excellent government benefits, and assumes liability for tort claims associated with employees' official VA duties; individual malpractice insurance is not required for this purpose.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.


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.

Applications will be accepted from US Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute. Non-citizens may apply and be appointed ONLY when no qualified citizens are available in accordance with current regulations.


*This is an open continuous announcement and may be used to fill additional vacancies as they become available. Those who apply early will receive first consideration. The first initial cut-off date for this announcement will be 7/20/2016. *

Enjoy an environment that supports an interdisciplinary care team approach that delivers state-of-the-art medicine. VA also offers:

  • Clinical, educational and leadership opportunities

  • Competitive salaries (annual performance bonus) and a healthy work/life balance

  • 26 days vacation, 13 days paid annual sick leave, 10 Federal holidays

  • Health insurance, free Malpractice coverage and retirement (pension+401k) type plan w/up to 5% matching contribution

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky is seeking physicians for full-time positions in our Primary Care program. If selected, applicants will provide outpatient primary care services to a diverse Veteran population in one of our Community Based Outpatient Centers (CBOC's). These Centers are located in the Louisville Metro Area, Southern Indiana, Carrollton, Fort Knox and Clarkson Kentucky.

Applicants must be board certified or board eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Practice. Recent, successful experience in primary care is preferred.

The Louisville VAMC has an academic affiliation with the University of Louisville. The VA offers an attractive salary and excellent benefits. The salary range for full time primary care physicians is currently $147,987 - $215,000. Training, board certification and prior experience are considered in salary determination decisions.

The VA and assumes liability for tort claims associated with care provided in the course of official VA duties, and VA physicians are not required to carry individual malpractice insurance for care provided in VA practice.

The Louisville metropolitan area has population of nearly 1,000,000. Louisville is located in north central Kentucky, near mountains and lakes, and is within a day's drive of most of the large metropolitan areas in the central U.S. Quality of life is excellent, with moderately priced and plentiful housing, ease of commuting to work, availability of quality public schools, outstanding cultural opportunities, and exciting annual Kentucky Derby Festival events. For specific information, please contact Renee Dodge, MD at Renee.Dodge**

The employee shall provide services which include, but are not limited to, diagnosing, treating and managing patients with typical primary care (including the routine care of women patients)conditions according to usual and acceptable or customary standards of medical practice. The provider will follow VA established clinical and preventative guidelines and document accordingly. The physician will report to the Chief, Primary Care. The physician will work independently, caring for outpatients in an established clinic. Specialists and other primary care providers are available for consultation. The physician will be expected to cooperate and collaborate fully with other staff members in meeting the medical care needs of VAMC patients. The physician will participate in medical duties and functions related to quality of care review and process improvement. The physician may be asked to participate on various committees and task forces as assigned and attend required meetings. The Physician will serve as a resource for Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants who are also delivering primary care and responds to all staff in the primary care teams in regards to patient concerns.

PRIMARY DUTY STATION: This is a Physician Float position. The staff physician will float between the Louisville Metro Area, Southern Indiana, Carrollton, Fort Knox and Clarkson Kentucky CBOC's on a regular and recurring schedule based on the staffing needs of the service.**

WORK SCHEDULE:Clinics are open weekdays, closed on Federal holidays. Primary care physicians do not have night or weekend call responsibilities. The specifics of physician schedules will be discussed during the interview process.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 lbs.), light carrying (under 15 lbs.), use of fingers, walking 4-8 hours, standing 4-8 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, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability, working closely with others, working alone, and working with bio hazardous material.

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.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • The staff phsycian will float between the Louisville Metro Area, Southern Indiana, Carrollton, Fort Knox and Clarkson Kentucky
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Full un-restricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

  • U.S. Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed ONLY if it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
  • English language proficiency
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment will be required.
  • Licensure and Registration – Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA
  • Educational requirements - 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Selection Criteria for this position: These are considered to be enhancing.

  • Background in ongoing outpatient primary care

  • Board certification or eligibility in internal medicine/family medicine

  • Prior experience working with either active duty or veteran population

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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC (e.g., Company/organization name, position title, dates of employment (month/year), and number of hours per week). WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your résumé/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2, PHYSICIAN*QUALIFICATION STANDARD*, dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

Original transcripts will not be returned.

The degree of Doctor of Medicine or equivalent 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: a. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Associate of American Medical colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. b. Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. c. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: 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 Equivalency.

Veterans' 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 your DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance


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.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

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

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Other Information

This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system): Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.

Salary Range: $147,987.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

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

Control Number: 443147200

Job Announcement Number: RY-16-NYG-1739162-4CA-BU