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Staff Physician (Patient Aligned Care Team)

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Altoona
Posted on: December 3, 2019

Job Description:

The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center consists of a parent site, located in Altoona, PA and 5 community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in DuBois, Huntingdon, Indiana, Johnstown & State College, PA. The medical center serves Veterans from a 14 county area in Central PA, providing exceptional health care in the areas of Acute Care, Behavioral Health, Diagnostic Services, Urgent Care, Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Social Services, Specialty Care & Women's Health.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.Duties: Incumbent functions as a Staff Physician on a primary care team delivering primary health services to veterans in an outpatient setting. Physician provides history and physical examinations on outpatients, orders diagnostic tests, prescribes medications and determines appropriate treatment plans.

The position follows the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) principles, which establishes the foundation for high-quality primary care for Veterans. It is patient-centered care that is personalized, proactive, and patient-driven health care. Patient centered care focuses on discovering the Veteran's vision of living life fully and his or her goals for health. The PACT, including the Veteran and personal support persons, come together as partners to create the Veteran's plan for health. The practitioner uses the evidenced-based practice to work collaboratively with the Core PACT Team (Veteran, Primary Care Practitioner, RN Care Manager, Licensed Practical Nurse and Administrative Associate), and Expanded Team (Social Worker, Dietitian, Clinical Pharmacist, Home Telehealth, and Primary Care Mental Health Integration). The practitioner coordinates care within the VA Health Care System including internal and external community based services involved in providing care to the Veteran.

Work Schedule: Tour of duty is varying daylight hours, Monday through Friday; however, weekend and evening hours may occur when Veteran needs arise. Travel to Altoona VAMC and other CBOCs as needed if staffing needs arise but at the time of travel the individual will be reimbursed according to local guidelines.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Telehealth: Knowledge of Telehealth processes and procedures.

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): AuthorizedThis position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office.

A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate. You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

PCS may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/06/2020.

Basic Requirements:


  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA 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 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.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.


    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.

    Physical Requirements: A pre-placement examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

Keywords: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Altoona , Staff Physician (Patient Aligned Care Team), Healthcare , Altoona, Pennsylvania

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