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Physician (Pulmonary Critical Care)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Fresno
Posted on: June 6, 2021

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Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

This position is eligible for Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP)

Recruitment or relocation incentive authorized for qualified selectee(s).

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The incumbent serves as the staff physician in the Pulmonary/Critical Care Section in Medicine Service of the Veterans Affairs Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS) and is responsible for all aspects of pulmonary and critical care to veteran patients. The incumbent is involved in clinical, educational, and research programs which will involve the supervision and teaching of fellows and residents through the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program. The

Staff Pulmonologist will participate in quality assurance/performance measures, research development, and maintaining internal/external organizational liaisons. The incumbent is responsible for participating in a variety of meetings and/or committees within and related to the Medicine Service, facility-wide committees, VISN 21, and our university affiliate UCSF Fresno. The Staff Pulmonologist will have a faculty appointment with UCSF Fresno. The Pulmonologist physician is board-certified in Internal Medicine (ABIM), and Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.

Providing care for the full spectrum of sleep disorders, is comprised of general and subspecialty sleep disorders clinics, inpatient consultative services, in-lab and home-based sleep testing, tele-sleep services to its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs),

  • Practices independently, using professional judgment and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to veterans and their significant others/family members. Incumbent is given authority to make his/her own work assignments within the program area to which assigned. Consults with the Chief Pulmonologist and the Chief of Medicine as needed and with colleagues to develop knowledge and apply agency policies and practices to new matters. His/her work is reviewed for technical adequacy and conformance with procedures and practices applicable to the subject.
  • Uses initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from traditional methods or trends and patterns to develop new methods, criteria, and proposed new policies. Practices at an advanced level and independently gathers relevant information to guide practice.
  • Participates and is responsible for ongoing professional performance evaluations in collaboration with the Chief of medicine service (e.g. Ongoing Professional Evaluations (OPPE), Focused Professional Practice Evaluations (FPPE), etc.)
  • The Staff Pulmonologist reports directly to the Chief Pulmonologist and consults with the Chief of Medicine; and fully cooperates with other staff of Medicine Service and other health care services.

Other functions to be performed include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate the clinical care of the medicine patients and collaborate with the other service(s) on the care of their patients.
  • Facilitate communication among primary care physicians, hospitalists, specialists, patients and their families
  • Provide inpatient consultations and attending responsibilities in pulmonary/critical care/sleep medicine and bronchoscopic procedures in appropriate cases; conduct general pulmonary/sleep outpatient clinics. Provide guidance to respiratory therapists.
  • Responsible for appropriate documentation of clinic notes, consultations and procedures using the computerized patient record; and performing routine/emergency diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  • Admit, examine, treat, transfer and discharge patients referred to your service that require inpatient care and when appropriate
  • Perform daily rounds on all assigned inpatients and write daily progress notes.
  • Provide supplemental coverage to coverage to ICU in support of assigned hospitalist(s).
  • Participate in after-hours coverage and call coverage as needed.
  • Participate in activities of the medical center that are designed to meet the requirements of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health care Organizations (The Joint Commission) and other regulatory agencies as they apply to the position.
  • Participate in committees and review processes when needed or requested.
  • Participate in all activities of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Section that includes other programs such as the Sleep Study.
  • Review and act upon access and productivity to ensure highest quality of care is provided to our veteran patients.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions 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


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.

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: Physical requirements: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted.


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:

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Fresno , Physician (Pulmonary Critical Care), Other , Fresno, California

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