Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Geriatrician (Supervisor) in Tucson, Arizona

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

Opened Tuesday 8/23/2016 (62 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 8/22/2017 (302 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Dedicated to Patient-Centered Care, the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) is a state of the art network of health care facilities throughout Southern Arizona comprised of the medical center in Tucson, Arizona and seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Casa Grande, Green Valley, Safford, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Northwest and Southeast Tucson. Through an environment of compassion, education, and research, SAVAHCS is a national model of clinical and organizational excellence.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1785038

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?

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it 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 encourages persons with disabilities to apply

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

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System honors America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

Are YOU the one?

We expect members of the SAVAHCS team to continually meet the VISN 18 Quality Standards.

Safety: SAFETY comes first!

Kindness: Treat Veterans, families, guests and SAVAHCS team members with compassion, respect and dignity.

Performance Excellence: Give your personal best and strive to "exceed expectations."

Presentation: Demonstrate professionalism, positive attitude and passion.

Stewardship: Accept responsibility for the duties entrusted to you, maintain the environment and support the SAVAHCS tradition of exceptional health care.


The successful candidate will provide comprehensive medical and geriatric care to outpatient veterans. The selected individual will also be responsible for performing clinical duties to include, but not limited to the following:

  • Provides care within the context of a multidisciplinary approach and documents services through appropriate notes.

  • Provides clinical oversight to Nurse Practitioners, Fellows, Residents and students and participates in the education program.

  • Participates in interdisciplinary team activities and provides cross coverage to other programs.

  • Participates actively in delivering in-service training for medical center staff, Geriatric Medicine Fellows, medical residents, and medical students; and supports an environment that promotes academic excellence and encourages continual learning; and

  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with other practice areas to ensure adequate and appropriate delivery of long-term care services to Veterans.

This position requires a Geriatrician with the skills to provide coordination and oversight of clinical and administrative activities in the Geriatric outpatient clinic. The incumbent is responsible for performance improvement activities, process improvement initiatives and program development in the Geriatric clinic area. This is a leadership position of the Geriatric multi-disciplinary team to coordinate, facilitate and provide patient care and services. This physician would be supervising and directing the clinical activities of other providers in the clinic, including two physicians, fellows and a nurse practitioner. Additional members of the team include; a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, pharmacist, social services staff and scheduling staff. The position includes broad management and administrative responsibilities in addition to direct patient care services.

Preferred Experience:

  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Geriatrics.
  • Hospice Palliative Certification.
  • The ideal candidate has a proven track record in in clinical care and education.

Clinical Contact: Tobias M. Freebourn, Acting Medical Director, RTCL, 520-792-1450, extension 1+2635 or

Federal Benefits for Physicians:

  • 26 days paid vacation per year
  • 13 days sick leave per year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 15 days military leave per year for active reservists and National Guard
  • Health and Life Insurance (may elect coverage into retirement)
  • Pay for performance up to an amount equal to 7.5% of annual pay up to $15,000
  • Authorized Absence for Continuing Medical Education (Full-time staff only)
  • Liability protectionFederal Employee
  • Retirement-Federal Annuity Plan
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP-tax deferred savings plan)
  • Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) may be available for qualifying student loans
Travel Required
  • Not Required
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:

  1. Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

  2. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.

  3. 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.

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

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: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties in a hospital setting under normal and emergent conditions. Heavy lifting 45 lbs and over with assistive devices, heavy carrying of 45 lbs and over with assistive devices; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking or standing up to 6 hours per day; repeated bending up to 2-4 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hearing aid permitted.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Upon receipt of the CV and/or application forms, the information will be submitted to the Care Line Chief and appropriate SAVAHCS medical staff for immediate review. The applicant may be directly contacted by one or more staff during the consideration process. The review of the application/CV may be done in several stages as time and schedules of the reviewing medical staff permit. Tentative notification of selection may be made verbally by the appointed staff member followed by written notification from the Chief of Staff. Any notification of selection should be considered a tentative offer until all conditions of employment have been met.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

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.

Other Information

This position may be filled on a full-time permanent or full-time temporary basis.

If appointed to a full-time permanent position, you may be required to service a two year probationary period.

SALARY IS DETERMINED BY A COMPENSATION PANELcommensurate with education and experience. (Note: The pay range will reflect the established tier for the specialty/assignment.)

Selectee may be required to complete a two-year initial probationary period.

All information submitted in response to this vacancy announcement is subject to verification by VetPro

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

Recruitment is current and on-going until position(s) are filled.

This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized for this position and is negotiable

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.

Educational Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) participation is authorized for this position. Selectee may be eligible to apply for reimbursement of current education debt on qualified loans contingent on availability of funds.

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

Salary Range: $110,000.00 to $230,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Non Citizens

Control Number: 448545700

Job Announcement Number: PM-16-DCT-1785038-4CA