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Physician (Primary Care)

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Las Cruces
Posted on: May 9, 2020

Job Description:

****Recruitment or Relocation Incentives may be authorized to a highly qualified applicant.****

This position has been approved for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please refer to"Duties Section below" for more information.

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.

If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.

If your school was accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed on the website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet.

The Primary Care Physician (PCP) will provide basic diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses and medical conditions. This will include diagnostic techniques include interviewing the patient to collect information on the present symptoms, prior medical history and other health details, followed by a physical examination. Many PCPs are trained in basic medical testing, such as interpreting results of blood or other patient samples, electrocardiograms, or x-rays. Some examinations are more complex and time intensive diagnostic procedures these are usually obtained by referral to specialists, with special training with a technology or increased experience and patient volume that make a risky procedure safer for the patient. After collecting data, the PCP arrives at a differential diagnosis and, with the participation of the patient, formulates a plan including (if appropriate) components of further testing, specialist referral, medication, therapy, diet or life-style changes, patient education, and follow up results of treatment. Primary care physicians also counsel and educate patients on safe health behaviors, self-care skills and treatment options, and provide screening tests and immunizations.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:45 pm.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Note: This is a Bargaining Unit position.

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. If selected for this position, please contact the facility EDRP Coordinator.

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.


    Preferred Experience:



    • Board Eligible or Board Certified in Family Practice, internal medicine, or emergency medicine.
    • BLS Qualified
    • Electronic Medical Record 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.

      Physical Requirements: The Physician Primary Care position will require heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), heavy carrying (45 pounds and over), straight pulling (1 hour), pulling hand over hand (0.5 hours), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, standing (6 hours), standing (6 hours), crawling (1 hour), kneeling (1 hour), repeated bending (1 hour), and climbing-legs only (1 hour).

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Las Cruces , Physician (Primary Care), Healthcare , Las Cruces, New Mexico

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