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 serves as a member of a team of Medical Officers responsible for developing, modifying and maintaining the Rating Schedule (38 CFR, Part 4) that serves as a guide for evaluating disabilities resulting from all types of diseases and injuries encountered as a result of or incident to military service. The percentage ratings are represented by, as far ascan practicably be determined, the average impairment in earning capacity resulting from such diseases and injuries and their residual conditions in civil occupations.
- Serving as a team member of Medical Officers responsible for establishing and maintaining the agency-wide medical policy [Rating Schedule (38 CFR, Part 4)] that governs the evaluation and adjudication of veterans' benefits claims.
- Serving as an expert in 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 disabilityevaluation program.
- Serving as the authoritative source of 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.
- Preparing inclusions, changes and readjustments to assigned specialty area(s) in the Schedule of Rating Disabilities.
- Conducting study projects that have national impact of disability evaluations with regard to supplementary awards for social unadaptability, loss of physical integrity, and shortened life expectancy resulting from a service-connected disability.
- Developing administrative notices governing the application of the rating schedule and fundamental rating policy.
- Formulating rating decisions in cases where deviations are made from the schedule.
- Conducting extensive research in the assigned specialty area; analyzing medical theories and established concepts in relation to medical adaptations required by law and policy.
- Considering medical advances in the assigned specialty area when reviewing recommendations made by medical staff and weighing such information in light of knowledge with regard to the disability evaluation program.
- Acting as a project manager of multidisciplinary teams for the assigned specialty area.
- Guiding teams in the consideration of medical advances, evaluation of approaches to rating disability, diagnostic accuracy, and clinical relevancy.
Physical Requirements: This position is sedentary. The work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate-controlled office.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
For grade GS-15: Five (5) years ofresidency 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 aSpecialist. 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.
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; religious; 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.
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 rule making and drafting regulatory/legislative guidance for claims adjudication.
- Skill in collaborating with internal and external customers on medical related operations, programs and
- Skill in building cooperative interpersonal relationships with individuals at all levels.
- Skill in project/program management, to include coordination of advisory groups and regulatory
- 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
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Note: Evidence of your experience must be supported by detailed documentation of like duties performed in the positionslisted on your resume and in your supporting documentation. You will also need to provide work experience information such as hours per week, salary, and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish that you possessone or more years of the required experience at theappropriate level sought. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).The following documents are required: a Résumé (dates, position title, compensation, and duties performed [e.g. Military Skills Translator]), responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online or by submission of the OPM 1203FX Form), and only if it is relevant to your application; include veterans' preference documentation which contains dates of service and character of discharge (a DD-214 or equivalent letter from the appropriate branch of service [Military Service Record], a SF-15 Form and/or a Disability Compensation Letter (www.ebenefits.va.gov). Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in your not receiving credit for your Veterans Preference, Education and or Experience.