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Physician (Pulmonologist)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: June 7, 2021

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This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application.Learn more

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Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. Schedule subject to change to accommodate facility needs.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

The staff physician in the Pulmonary Section of Medical Service will be responsible for attending in a 15 bed interdisciplinary Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, attending on the Pulmonary and Sleep consultation services, and attending in outpatient clinics at the Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore Divisions.

Duties to include:

  • Provide specialized pulmonary, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine diagnosis and treatment to patients at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.
  • Attend in the Medical Surgical ICU (MSICU), on the inpatient consultation services, in the outpatient clinics, in the bronchoscopy suite, and on other clinical services covered by the Pulmonary Section.
  • Serve as primary attending for patients in the MSICU.
  • Perform invasive procedures for which s/he has been trained and granted privileges.
  • Interpret pulmonary function tests and sleep studies, including level 1 and level 3 sleep studies.
  • Participate in process improvement and quality assurance projects and other assigned administrative duties.
  • Teach, train, and mentor fellows, residents, and medical students.
  • Participate in the educational activities of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine in the Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the section chief.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0602 Medical Officer

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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


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.
  • 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.

Preferred Experience: Experience with advanced interventional pulmonary procedures, including EBUS.

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: 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.


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:

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto , Physician (Pulmonologist), Other , Palo Alto, California

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