Primary Care Provider (Staff/Physician)

  • Full-Time
  • Oceanside, CA
  • US Department Of Veterans Affairs
  • Posted 3 years ago – Accepting applications
Job Description

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more


The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is recruiting for a full time, permanent, Physician located in the Primary Care Service to perform duties as a primary care physician in their outpatient setting. The Primary Care Physician reports to the Section Chief of their clinic who, in turn, reports to the Chief of Primary Care Service.
  • Responsible for providing Comprehensive Primary Care for Veterans. The provider should, in the context of a longitudinal relationship, fulfill all primary care needs, including acute and chronic illness, gender-specific PC, mental health (screen for conditions such as depression, substance use/abuse, military sexual trauma and PTSD, and evaluate and treat uncomplicated mental health disorders as well as substance use disorders and refer patients appropriately for further evaluation and treatment of sexual assault and military sexual trauma, mental health disorders and substance use disorders) and preventative care (age-appropriate cancer screening e.g., colon, breast and cervical cancer - as well as weight management counseling, smoking cessation and immunizations, etc.) along with coordination of care delivery (when specialty care is needed. Coordinate this care and communicate with the specialty provider regarding the evaluation and treatment plan to ensure continuity of care). Responsible to have read the Medical Staff Bylaws and to comply with the Bylaws. Responsible to timely complete all mandatory training.
  • On the outpatient side, responsible for delivery of primary care to patients enrolled in VASDHS.
  • Providers in the outpatient setting are typically assigned a panel of patients to manage. Panel size at this time is determined by utilizing VHA PCMM software. Panel size is determined at the National level, through a complex formula which extracts local information regarding available support staff, number of exam rooms, etc. Each provider's panel size is specific to their practice and setting.
  • Alternative or collateral duties may include management of a subsection of primary care patients defined either by a disease status or demographic status (eg, women veterans, older (geriatric) population, etc.). Participation in special projects pertinent to the assigned section may be necessary as the need arises due to strategic of other initiatives.
  • Act as surrogates for the patients of their colleagues, when one or more of their colleagues are on leave.
  • Clinical reminders and view alerts should be addressed timely and as medically appropriate. Quality of care should be able to meet professional standards at all times.
  • Work within their privileges at all times, unless necessitated by an emergency.
  • Sustain collaborative working relationships with other staff, assist in resolving conflicts, and contribute to the accomplishment of VISN and Medical Center strategic goals and performance measures.
  • Work effectively within a team environment contributing to the effectiveness of the team to deliver safe, cost effective, quality, timely, and patient-focused care.
  • Ability to manage multiple task/priorities, and productively contributes to the health care delivery team.
  • Ability to work at all levels of the organization to achieve organizational goals such as reducing length of stay, improving care coordination, reduce number of ambulance deflections and improving patient care outcomes.
  • Comply with CPRS Computer Security and Privacy Act Statements. Complete all annual required training as determined by VHA or Medical Center Policy. All providers are to adhere to OPM (Office of Personnel Management), VHA, Medical Staff By-Laws, and VHA/Medical Center policies and regulations.
  • Utilize sustainable practices to eliminate, minimize, or mitigate adverse environmental impacts. Familiarizes self with how work activities impact VA's goal to implement sound stewardship practices that are protective of the air, water, land, and other natural and cultural resources. Shall be a good steward of the environment by preventing pollution, minimizing waste, and continually improving environmental programs.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Maybe authorized for highly qualified candidate selected.
Telework: No
Compressed/Flexible: No
Virtual: No
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0602 Medical Officer

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  • Requirements

    RequirementsConditions of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    • Designated and/or random drug testing required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
    QualificationsApplicants 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 by virtue of completion of a residency program in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. Quality of medical education as indicated by reputation and ranking of medical school and residency training program. Strength of references submitted by supervisors or peers familiar with the candidate's clinical skills, interpersonal abilities and professional attributes. Understanding of and fitness for PACT in terms of knowledge of systems, teamwork, quality improvement and access. Communication abilities as indicated by phone or in-person interview.

    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: In Accordance With VA Directive and Handbook 5019: Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs.); Light lifting (under 15 lbs.); Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs.); Light carrying (under 15 lbs.); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Hearing aid (permitted); Bending/stooping, Twisting, and Mental and Emotional Stability. Education

    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. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA Physician Brochure.

    Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

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

    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.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    NOTE: A formal pay-setting process will be used to determine your salary. The salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

    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.

    Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes (upload C.V. as resume document type):

    • Resume

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • OF-306
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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