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. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR (2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. 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: Lifting and carrying (up to 45 lbs.); pushing or pulling (1 hour); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 4 hours); standing (up to 4 hours); repeated bending (up to 2 hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye; hearing (aid permitted); clear speech; mental and emotional stability. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. RECRUITMENT INCENTIVIES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED (Sign-on Bonus)\nRelocation/Recruitment may be authorized for highly qualified applicants. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA Policy 1021 and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Corey Hickman, the EDRP Coordinator at Corey.Hickman@va.gov for questions/assistance. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Major duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following: Provide consultative care to hospital inpatients requiring hematology or oncology consultation; Provide care to new consults and return patients in the outpatient clinic setting; Oversee the chemotherapy infusion room and administration of systemic cancer therapy; Document patient care data in VA electronic medical records system, Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS), including consult notes, daily progress notes for inpatients, encounters for outpatients; Responsible for appropriate documentation of initial visit, follow-up visits, procedures performed, problem lists, procedure lists, and making interim summaries. He/she must be computer literate; Provides ongoing care for assigned patients; Ability to perform initial histories and physical examinations on outpatients with hematology problems make assessments and use appropriate diagnostic evaluations; and implement timely and appropriate treatment; Orders diagnostic studies and interprets laboratory tests, EKG, and radiology diagnostic tests (CXR, CT, Scan, MRl). Prescribes and refills medications within the defined scope of practice. Perform bone marrow biopsies on patients where this procedure is appropriate, review peripheral blood smears if indicated; Complete hematology/oncology e-consults (electronic consults); Complies with the rules, regulations and by-laws to include but not limited to, record keeping practices in accordance with this Medical Center and VA; Works effectively with patients, families, staff, co-workers and other health care professionals; Provides education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs; The hematology/oncology provider shall cooperate with, and participate in, medical duties or functions related to quality of care and peer review along with improvement/performance improvement activities at the direction of the Chief of Medical Service; Participates in Medical Service educational activities; Practices within the scope of assigned privileges; Meets medical staff criteria for initial appointment and reappraisal; Other duties/responsibilities as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/medical center. On call duties may be required. Position is not full time virtual. Some telework may be approved as needed upon supervisor approval."]
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