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Job Title: Medical Officer
Company Name: Veterans Benefits Administration
Location: Location Negotiable After Selection, DC
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/10/2017
Expire Date: 01/09/2018
Job Categories: Administrative and Support Services, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Internet/E-Commerce, Military, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Web Technology, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Medical Officer

The Medical Officer position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration, Office of the Under Secretary for Disability Assistance, and is assigned to the Office of Compensation Service. The incumbent will serve as an integral member of the Contract Medical Disability Exam Program Office as a quality reviewer and medical advisor to the Quality Assurance Officer. The function of the Contract Medical Disability Exam Program Office is to manage, coordinate, monitor, assess, and report on the performance of contract exam providers and to ensure compliance with all contract provisions. The Program Office analyzes data to identify and implement strategies to continually improve exam quality, timeliness, and the veteran's experience. Major duties include:

- Conducting quality reviews on completed medical disability examinations to ensure they are accurate, complete, and adequate to support VA disability rating decisions.
- Ensuring that all contractual and medical requirements have been met and properly documented.
- Documenting all quality review findings on a checklist for each examination and compiling monthly reports to document quality review findings, trends and compliance with contractual requirements.
- Conducting detailed analysis and review of quality review findings in order to develop, report, and implement strategies to improve contract exam quality, timeliness, and the veteran's experience.
- Participating in periodic and special issue reviews to validate compliance with new statutory requirements for significant policy changes or to gather information on particularly sensitive processing issues which impact examinations.
- Preparing reports based on analysis, and recommending appropriate corrective action under the guidance of the Contract Examinations Officer.
- Conducting review of a sample of medical examination reports and examination requests for adequacy based on disability worksheet requirements.
- Serving as an expert in the assigned specialty area(s), such as occupational hazards, mental disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, etc., and providing advice and guidance related to the specialty area(s) that significantly impact the overall disability evaluation program.
- Serving as the authoritative source in an assigned specialty area of medicine, general practice or other specialization, with responsibility for the related area as it pertains to the agency's disability evaluation program.
- Applying expert specialty area knowledge in the formulation of abstractions that serve as medical interpretations resulting in or from legislation.
- Monitoring the performance and activities of contract exam providers in providing high quality and timely services to veterans.
- Working in close cooperation with other elements within Compensation Service and the VA, to include the Disability Evaluation Management Office (DEMO), Office of Field Operations, Area Offices, Regional Offices, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Veterans Experience Office as they relate to contract exams and veterans benefits.
- Studying program operations, new legislation, automated systems, management initiatives, and the operation of interacting programs and organizations to develop new and modified operating processes and procedures.
- Conducting investigations or inquiries into examinations involving the resolution of appeals or special interest cases.
- Serving as an advisor and consultant to the supervisor on precedent determinations involving decisions on individual cases and national issues regarding technical, regulatory, procedural, and operational aspects of the Veterans Benefits Administration's disability exam contract.

Work Schedule: Regular office/duty hours. Alternate work schedules may be available.

Promotion Potential: It is anticipated that this position will be filled at the full-performance level of grade GS-15.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement

For grade GS-15: Five (5) years of residency training in an appropriate area of specialty as described in this vacancy announcement. For a Disability Evaluation Program: The knowledge, skills and abilities required for most disability evaluation positions may have been obtained in the primary care field. However, when positions involve evaluating specialized medical cases or developing specialized guides and require training and experience in a specific area of medicine (e.g., general surgery, psychiatry, neurology), the requirements are the same as those for a Specialist. This condition applies for the Medical Officer with the Compensation Service. Note that if you do not present with the education and experience as described, you will not be considered qualified for further consideration.

Additional information about internship, residency and fellowship programs: Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians. An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) or AOA. A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United States for such training.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position. Emphasis on evaluation for this position is with demonstrated/applied skill showing the ability to function as an expert. Your response to the following in the associated on-line questionnaire will be compared with the content of your resume. Your qualifying experience as it relates to this position must be clearly reflected in your resume in order for credit to be given:

- Skill in serving as a subject matter expert for medical disability evaluative criteria and adjudication of claims.
- Skill in research and analysis of specialty areas affecting medical disability evaluative criteria and
adjudication of claims.
- Skill in analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of contract exam providers in meeting established goals and objectives.
- Skill in collaborating with internal and external customers on medical related operations, programs and
policies.
- Skill in building cooperative interpersonal relationships with individuals at all levels.
- Skill in project/program management, to include coordination of advisory groups and regulatory
implementation efforts.
- Skill in effectively communicating, both orally and in writing, medical directives and briefings.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp



Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. The work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate-controlled office or home office environment. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
  • Resume


Resume
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format, however, we strongly recommend using USA Jobs resume builder as it contains all of the information required on Federal resumes.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must reflect hours worked per week, the inclusive dates of employment, and the level of your experience. If your resume does not reflect this information you will not receive credit for the experience.
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. We would recommend that you not submit more than one version of your resume.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, we will not use it to make eligibility and qualification determinations, and you may not be considered further for the vacancy.
Applicants claiming veterans' preference must also submit:
  • A legible copy of your DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) is required. The member 4 copy of your DD Form 214 is preferable. Copies of DD-214's can be requested here.
  • Current active duty members must submit a signed statement of service from their commander dated within the last 120 days that reflects their expected discharge date, their release from active duty under honorable conditions, any medals awarded, and the timeframe of their service so that eligibility can be determined.
  • Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 and all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference. This includes a VA letter supporting your disability claim with the overall percentage listed.
  • If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for veterans' preference, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor here.
Transcripts
  • If you are basing all or some of your qualifications on education or if a degree is required for the position, a transcript must be included as part of your application package.
  • An unofficial transcript may be submitted, however, it must reflect the course names, levels, credits earned, grades received, and degree conferred if applicable.
  • Your transcript (official of unofficial) must reflect the degree conferred date.
  • Whenever possible it is preferable that you submit copies of official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may lack essential information necessary for a full evaluation of your qualifications.
Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must also submit:
  • Certification of expected separation, reduction-in-force separation notice, or notice of proposed removal; and your most recent performance evaluation; and an SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from; or
  • Worker's compensation separation (agency certification of inability to place employee and notification of separation or a separation SF-50; or
  • Disability annuity termination (notification from OPM of disability annuity termination and separation SF-50 of the last position held); or
  • Military reserve or National Guard technician special disability retirement annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456 (certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard bureau and separation SF-50 of the last position held).
Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted by the closing date of the announcement. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement

For grade GS-15: Five (5) years of residency training in an appropriate area of specialty as described in this vacancy announcement. For a Disability Evaluation Program: The knowledge, skills and abilities required for most disability evaluation positions may have been obtained in the primary care field. However, when positions involve evaluating specialized medical cases or developing specialized guides and require training and experience in a specific area of medicine (e.g., general surgery, psychiatry, neurology), the requirements are the same as those for a Specialist. This condition applies for the Medical Officer with the Compensation Service. Note that if you do not present with the education and experience as described, you will not be considered qualified for further consideration.

Additional information about internship, residency and fellowship programs: Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians. An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) or AOA. A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United States for such training.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position. Emphasis on evaluation for this position is with demonstrated/applied skill showing the ability to function as an expert. Your response to the following in the associated on-line questionnaire will be compared with the content of your resume. Your qualifying experience as it relates to this position must be clearly reflected in your resume in order for credit to be given:

- Skill in serving as a subject matter expert for medical disability evaluative criteria and adjudication of claims.
- Skill in research and analysis of specialty areas affecting medical disability evaluative criteria and
adjudication of claims.
- Skill in analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of contract exam providers in meeting established goals and objectives.
- Skill in collaborating with internal and external customers on medical related operations, programs and
policies.
- Skill in building cooperative interpersonal relationships with individuals at all levels.
- Skill in project/program management, to include coordination of advisory groups and regulatory
implementation efforts.
- Skill in effectively communicating, both orally and in writing, medical directives and briefings.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp

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