Physician (Compensation and Pension)

Fargo, ND
Aug 05, 2017

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1995351 

 This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be referred as they are received.

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.

The Fargo VA Health Care System is a Level 2 Medical Center and a member of Veterans Integrated Service Network 23.  This facility combines a 39 bed medical facility along with a 38 bed Community Living Center providing transitional care, both accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  Fargo also has a Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Office on campus, offering veterans the unique opportunity to obtain health care, benefits services, and Readjustment Counseling at one location.  Due to the growing veteran population in our service area, ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics have been established.  The Fargo Health Care System provides a wide spectrum of primary and tertiary acute and extended care inpatient and outpatient activities in an academic setting.  The Fargo Health Care System has an active research program and has a successful affiliation with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

If you're looking for a variety, North Dakota has it all! The state experiences all four of the breathtaking seasons, has a growing economy, rolling farmlands, and the lowest unemployment rate in the country. The Fargo-Moorhead area is a lively, vibrant community featuring three universities and one technical/community college as well as a thriving arts scene.  If you like sports, Fargo is home to the FM Redhawks (Independent Baseball Organization), the Fargo Force (USHL Hockey Team), the Red River Valley Speedway as well as the North Dakota State University Bison, the Division I FCS football champions in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  We also are in close proximity to attend the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks Division I hockey games. There are an assortment of outdoor activities from which to choose - snowmobiling, ice fishing, regular fishing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, hunting, tubing, canoeing, hiking, camping, & biking to name a few. For more information about Fargo check us out at or


Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Incentives are authorized for highly qualified candidates who possess unique skills and competencies.

Education Debt Relief Program: You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Relief Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


Duties of the physician:  The physician is responsible for clinical patient management and evaluation within the Compensation and Pension Clinics.  These duties include working with provider and support staff, coordination of work schedules, responsibility for clinical performance measures and other functions within the Compensation and Pension Clinics.  The physician works with other providers within the service line and facility to ensure optimization of care and evaluation to the patient.  The physician provides other services as directed, but may include peer review, chart review, and coverage for absent providers.  

· The physician is expected to participate in patient care activities and other committees/boards impacting patient care as assigned   

· The physician is responsible for ensuring "hand-offs" occur and are in accordance with JCAHO and Fargo VAMC guidelines. 

· Provides direct clinical and administrative oversight for mid-level practitioners and other clinical staff as assigned. 

· Working with the local Service Line Operations Team and other staff as appropriate, ensures operations issues/problems are resolved in a logical, step-wise fashion with clear resolution, communication to staff, and implementation plans and timelines for decisions made.  Participates in a forum where staff participate in identifying, communicating, and resolving issues related to local Service Line operations, overall Medical Center operations, ancillary and support operations, and VISN-wide mandates. 

· Reviews, interprets and effectively utilizes performance reports, benchmark data, cost-effectiveness reports, staffing and other reports in support of decision-making.  Has basic understanding of managed care practices, includinghealth care finance, billing, coding and documentation.  Knowledge, ability and willingness to use electronic information systems and to train others in the use of same, if assigned.

· Contributes to the development, maintenance and enhancement of relations with internal and external entities including but not limited to:  CVSOs, medical and nursing schools, local public and private health care entities, colleagues in other Patient Service Lines and Integrated Service lines such as Information Technology, Laboratory, and Business Office, labor, VISN and VHA task forces, decision-making, and policy development bodies.

· May participate on Service Line or inter-Service Line task forces or committees.  Participates in local administrative, management, quality assurance, and other assignments, meetings or committees.

      · Performance reflects and demonstrates support of the medical center Director's, and VISN CEO service Line's performance plan, and Network and national goals. 



 Customer Service and Public Relations/Community Relations

       · Demonstrates knowledge of the component parts of customer service.

· Treats all customers, internal and external, with courtesy and dignity.

· Strives to resolve problems independently at the lowest level.

· Identifies systems barriers to improve customer service.

· Improves customer service skills through educational opportunities.

· Responds promptly to congressional and customer inquiries as assigned. 

Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, 0730 – 1600 

(A complete Functional statement is available upon request)

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply This job is open to Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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:  

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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.

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.

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine preferred.  Board certification or possess equivalent training and experience. 

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:  Heavy lifting and carrying (45 lbs. and over); straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking and standing (up to 4 hours); repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance


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