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. 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. 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. Board certified or eligible in Pulmonology. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Board Certification or eligible in Sleep Medicine. 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: Required to pass a pre-employment physical examination. Light lifting, under 25 pounds; light carrying, under 25 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); repeated bending (1 hour); and hearing (aid permitted); working closely with others; working alone; protracted or irregular hours of work and occasional emotional strain. The VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System, Worcester Clinic is actively recruiting to fill a Board-Certified Staff Pulmonary Physician (BE considered) for the Medicine Care Line, Pulmonology Section. Sleep Medicine expertise is welcomed but Sleep Medicine fellowship training is not essential. The candidate will provide quality service in our progressive, innovative health care system for the Veteran outpatient population. This position is 100% outpatient care with no night or weekend duties. Clinical care will be in general Pulmonology with opportunities in Sleep Medicine and collaboration with the multi-disciplinary Long-COVID clinic. The candidate must have a strong commitment to patient care and skills in working with multi-disciplinary staff. Individuals with research interests will find a supportive research infrastructure. You will work collaboratively with other specialists as necessary in providing the best care to Veterans. Selected candidate will be considered for a faculty appointment at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School and will be involved in education & training of Internal Medicine residents in our residency program plus medical students, medicine residents & other providers if stationed at the Worcester clinic. VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System provides primary, specialty, and mental health care, including psychiatric, substance abuse and PTSD services, to a Veteran population in central and western Massachusetts of more than 120,000 men and women. VACWM serves Veterans with the main campus in Northampton and multidisciplinary clinics in Worcester, Springfield, Pittsfield, Greenfield, and Fitchburg. Care is provided in outpatient clinics. VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System (VACWMHCS), located in Leeds, Massachusetts, is part of VA New England Network (VISN 1), which includes facilities in six New England states - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. ["The Healthcare System serves over 25,000 patients at its main campus and seven community-based outpatient clinics in Central and Western Massachusetts. Core missions are primary care, mental health inpatient and outpatient care, and extended care. The Medical Center is engaging employees in a 'Culture of Improvement,' utilizing a variety of Process Improvement techniques to improve efficiency of clinical operational functions to the benefit of veterans and staff. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. EDRP Authorized: Contact Karen Chapman, email@example.com, the VISN1 EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Financial Disclosure: Not required. The physician will consult and treat Veterans in an outpatient setting and managing out-patient Veterans in collaboration with Respiratory Technicians, Primary Care teams, and other Specialists. S/he will be responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the respiratory and sleep studies medical care delivered to patients. Patient care to be done via face-to-face visits, video visits (VVC), telephone visits, and electronic consults. S/he will be proficient in using electronic medical records to collect patient data, communicate electronically with patients (secure messaging, VVC) and staff (Teams or other current platform); will diagnosis, treatment and education of patients for pulmonary and sleep disorders; Outpatient Pulmonary clinic, interpretation of pulmonary function tests, interpretation of sleep study tests, routine out-patient pulmonary procedures; Perform procedures including bronchoscopy, thoracenteses and others as required; Manage patients requiring CPAP/BIPAP/APAP including initial orders or subsequent adjustment of settings as needed; Review oximetry results and prescribe supplemental oxygen when indicated; Manage and supervise Respiratory Therapy department; Perform chart reviews for Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation and peer reviews as necessary; Coordinate with CLC regarding patient care issues; Be responsible to document patient care data in electronic medical records such as history and physical exams within 24 hours of encounter, encounters for outpatients, consult notes, and enter new and renew prescriptions; Participate in facility committees as assigned. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm (The position is eligible for a compressed tour and some telework). NOTIFICATIONS: Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. Incumbent may be required to travel to other VA campuses and CBOC's. This position is in the Excepted Service. Applicant's education, length of practice, will be considered by a compensation panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered. Drug Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with the employment process. Selectee will be required to complete the credentialing process. Permanent appointment in this position is subject to review by the Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) that will review the selected candidate's education and experience. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Veterans' preference will apply if eligible."]
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.