Physician (Pain Management)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Reno, Nevada
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 12, 2022
Full Time
Position Type
The physician is organizationally and administratively responsible for the managing of patients suffering from acute or chronic pain, or pain in patients requiring palliative care, postoperative pain or conditions in which pain is a primary problem such as neuropathic pains or headaches.

Examinations and evaluation may be conducted for the purpose of:
  • Initial and subsequent follow up of pain management patients.
  • Performance of history and physical examination
  • Behavioral modification and feedback techniques
  • Chemical neuromuscular denervation (e.g., Botox injection)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic and cancer related pain
  • Discography and intradiscal/percutaneous disc treatments
  • Epidural and intrathecal medication management
  • Epidural, subarachnoid, or peripheral neurolysis
  • Fluoroscopically guided facet blocks
  • Implantation of subcutaneous epidural and intrathecal catheters
  • Infusion port and pump implantation
  • Injection of joint and bursa, including sacroiliac, hip, knee, and shoulder joint injections
  • Management of chronic headache
  • Modality therapy and physical therapy
  • Neurulation with cryo, chemical and radiofrequency modalities
  • Nucleoplasty
  • Percutaneous and subcutaneous implantation of neurostimulator electrodes
  • Peripheral, cranial, costal, plexus, m and ganglion nerve blocks
  • Prevention, recognition, and management of local anesthetic overdose, including airway management and resuscitation.
  • Recognition and management of therapies, side effects, and complications of pharmacologic agents used in the management of pain
  • Rehabilitative and restorative therapy
  • Stress management and relation techniques
  • Spinal injections, including epidural injections: interlaminar, transforaminal, nerve root sheath injections, m and zygapophysial joint injections
  • Superficial electrical stimulation techniques (e.g., transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation)
  • Trigger point injection
Travel Required
Not requiredSupervisory status
NoPromotion Potential
    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.
Preferred Experience:Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide care needed as described in the unit's/areas/department's policies and procedures.

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.Education
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:


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