Physician (Geriatrics)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Lebanon, PA

Posted Date 10/08/2019
Description This is an open-continuous announcement. We will accept application packets on an on-going basis. Eligible and qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official on a biweekly basis. If the vacancy is filled prior to the closing date, the announcement will be closed.

1st Area of Consideration: Current permanent employees of VAMC Lebanon, NECPAC, and employees of VISN 4 contracting, OI&T, CBOPC and Veterans Canteen Service located in Lebanon, PA.The Lebanon VA Medical Center is currently seeking a board certified, qualified physician with extensive Geriatrics experience. The selected candidate may be a Family Practice or Internal Medicine MD/DO who has had suitable extensive, gerontological, supervised clinical experience. The clinical experience must be in the management and co-management of patients of advanced age with chronic disease compounded by psychosocial and functional issues, in collaborative partnership with an interdisciplinary team of suitably prepared health care professionals. The candidate will primarily provide ambulatory Geriatric care services and focus on our geriatric patients.

Service duties will include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide quality patient care in our Geriatric clinics
  • Serve as a key clinical resource for matters involving Geriatric services
  • Provides comprehensive care for our Veteran population includes diagnosis and treatment of assigned patients
  • Provides effective medical treatment, consultation, and diagnosis upon request from other Services/Departments
  • Orders lab tests, x-rays, EKG's and other diagnostic procedures
  • Initiates or expedites requests for consults, special tests, or studies
  • Assess Veterans by utilizing advanced clinical judgment and physical assessment skills
  • Identifying acute and/or chronic health problems
  • Assess and manage geriatric syndromes such as falls, gait and balance disorders, failure to thrive, incontinence, memory loss, including dementia, polypharmacy, depression, osteoporosis and sleep disturbance
  • Coordinates with pharmacy for medication reconciliation, and polypharmacy redirection
  • Provide occasional backup to other Extended Care (EC) providers as needed

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, unless otherwise approved
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/07/2020.
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: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties of Physician, under normal and emergent conditions. Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices, heavy carrying of 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking or standing up to 4 hours per day; repeated bending up to 1-2 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hearing aid permitted.

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