Physician - Chief of Medicine Service

Department of Veterans Affairs
Columbia, South Carolina
Aug 10, 2021
Aug 10, 2022
General Practice
Full Time
Position Type
The WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center is seeking a Physician to serve as the Chief of Medicine Service. The WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is seeking an individual with clinical leadership and managerial skills to direct our Medicine Service. VA experience preferred.

Dorn VA Medical Center, part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), is a 204-bed facility, encompassing medical, surgical, psychiatric, and geriatric care. The medical center provides care to approximately 82,000 veterans in the midlands and upstate South Carolina. Community Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Florence, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Rock Hill, and provide primary care, mental health, and telemedicine services. Dorn VAMC is affiliated with the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine and provides teaching services for students and residents. USC is the state's flagship research university with Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and an active Graduate School. This position requires a physician with at least two (2) years of management experience and Academic qualifications that would support consideration for a University Faculty appointment as an assistant professor (at minimum). The Chief of Medicine will assist in planning and development of our long-term strategic initiative to create "Centers of Excellence".

Applicants who are board certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Medical subspecialty, Family Practice, or Geriatrics preferred. Qualified candidates should have experience and expertise in administering programs, clinics, staff, trainees, and research. The service chief will be responsible for oversight, direction, and development of outpatient and inpatient services at the Medical Center and joint program development with the USC School of Medicine. The successful candidate will qualify for a faculty appointment at the School of Medicine commensurate with training and experience. Position affords the opportunity to teach and for research.

Work Schedule:Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - some occasions may require work outside of this core schedule as this is a 24/7 hospital facility. Subject to change based on agency needs.
Financial Disclosure Report:Not required.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive:Approved.

Travel Required
Not requiredSupervisory status
YesPromotion 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
  • Incumbent will be required to maintain current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certifications.


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:Prefer the physician be board certified in internal medicine and possess experience with academic medical practice in a teaching hospital. Prefer candidates who have 5 years of experience as a section/department chief.

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:Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours);standing (7 hours); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (4 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far-vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required.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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