Staff Physician (Geriatrics)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Loma Linda, California
Dec 07, 2018
Jan 10, 2019
Full Time
Position Type

Veterans Affairs (VA) Loma Linda Healthcare System is searching for a physician to staff our Community Living Center (CLC). The physician will be responsible for delivering primary care, within an Interdisciplinary Team model, to a diverse population of veterans who suffer from a variety of medical problems (e.g., dementia, delirium, urinary incontinence, falls, wounds, COPD, CHF, etc.). 

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized to a highly-qualified candidate.


The duties will include the evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic medical problems, perform physical examinations, initiate consultations to specialty services, order diagnostic studies (e.g., laboratory tests, x-rays, electrocardiograms, etc.), perform health promotion and disease prevention, provide education and counseling to veterans and their families, recommend diagnostic and therapeutic treatment options (e.g., medications), and complete documentation in the medical record in accordance with bylaws and rules and regulations of the Medical Staff. 

The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System is affiliated with multiple institutions, such as the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Therefore, the applicant, who is eligible to apply for a faculty appointment, will teach and supervise house staff and medical students within the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System. One of the missions of the VA is its dedication to health care education. As such, the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System team strongly promotes and advocates this mission with a robust educational program with its affiliate(s). 

Work Schedule: 7:30am to 4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Full-Time, (May be required to work evenings or weekends as a 24/7 Full-Time Physician)


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship Required; 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


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 certification in Geriatric Medicine, as well as Internal Medicine or Family Medicine, is preferred.

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: Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs.); Straight Pulling, Pushing, reaching above shoulder, Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing aid (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:

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 26 days per leave year (1 day per 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.

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