Physician - Assistant Chief - Radiology - Fayetteville - job 853612

US Veterans Health Administration

Date: 06/11/2021

City: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Salary: $350,000 - 360,000 per year

Employment type: Full-time



The Assistant Chief, Radiology Service, VHSO will report directly to the Chief of Radiology service and will work with the Chief of Radiology service to supervise personnel, evaluate prospective new hires, oversee compliance with all applicable regulations and assist the Chief in addressing patient complaints, credentialing and peer-review issues. The Assistant Chief assumes the responsibilities of the Chief in the absence of the Chief.


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Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus):

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants.

Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases

Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)

Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA

Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)

Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory

CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement

Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided

Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting

This Assistant Chief of Radiology position serves as a coordinator, integrating interdepartmental and intradepartmental services to deliver effective and efficient delivery of care within the Radiology department. They serve as a resource for approximately 40 staff in a continually expanding service. The Assistant Chief assumes the responsibilities of the Chief in the absence of the Chief. The position requires knowledge and understanding of safety, imaging procedures, relevant accreditation standards (including those of Joint Commission, College of American Radiology and Nuclear Regulatory Commission).

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to carry out administrative duties as assigned in a timely, resourceful and efficient manner. He or she will demonstrate interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills that enable him/her to establish and maintain professional relationships with other professionals. The incumbent will foster an environment of mutual respect and free communication and promote a culture of safety. The Assistant Chief will participate as a member and leader of Radiology Service on committees responsible for peer review, accreditation, systems redesign and quality improvement, among others and as assigned by the Chief of Radiology.

The Assistant Chief of Radiology Service will rotate night/evening/weekend call with the remainder of the radiology physicians.

The Assistant Chief of Radiology's supervisory goals will include:

  • Improve patient flow and access
  • Improve Radiology service efficiency (reduce cancellations and no-shows, improve timeliness, reduce over-time)
  • Improve quality of care by achieving excellence in delivery of care to patients.
  • Improve patient and employee satisfaction.

Duties of the Assistant Chief, Radiology Service VHSO include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supervising professional, technical and administrative personnel and evaluating prospective new hires.
  • Overseeing compliance with all applicable regulations.
  • Addressing patient complaints and focusing on patient satisfaction.
  • Credentialing and peer review of staff radiologists.
  • Providing direct patient care which includes:

o Supervision and interpretation of general diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, CT and MRI Imaging.

o Ability to order indicated pre-procedure and post-procedure radiographic exams and laboratory tests.

o Use and operate fluoroscopic x-ray systems.

  • Inpatient settings: acute medical/surgical units, inpatient mental health unit, intensive care unit (ICU), hospice and palliative care unit

  • Procedural settings to include: endoscopy/procedure rooms, operating room, radiology

  • Other settings: emergency department, post anesthesia care unit

  • Outpatient settings to include: outpatient clinics (including CBOCs), telehealth

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with rotating call for nights and weekends.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0602 Medical Officer

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  • Requirements


    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.

    • Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR

      [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR

      (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences.

      Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs.

    • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

    Additional Requirement: The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate that he/she has performed and interpreted radiologic tests or procedures during the past 24 months. A letter of reference from where the applicant has been affiliated for the last two years attesting to current level of clinical competency.

    Preferred/Required Experience: Board Certification in Radiology is required.

    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: VA Directive and Handbook 5019, applicants must be able to perform the duties as a Physician. Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs), light carrying (under 15 lbs), use of fingers, both hands required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Specific visual requirement 20/50 one, 20/100 other (glasses permitted), Hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability, ability to hear conversational, environmental factors: working closely with others, working alone, and protracted or irregular hours of work.


    Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
    • Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or

    • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

    • For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.]
    NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.

    Additional information

    • 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.

    • Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

    • 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.

    Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or other 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 clearance

    Security 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 submit a C.V. and/or resume. Other documents may be requested later in the process if needed.

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    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

All qualified candidates encouraged to apply. Open to U.S. Citizens but non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.

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