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. 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. Preferred Experience: BE/BC 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: Sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeating bending. Incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable and capable to perform the duties of the position. ["Duties: The incumbent works as an Attending Physician in the Community Living Center (CLC), taking care of veterans who need long-term nursing home level of care, dementia care, short-term rehabilitation, or skilled nursing care in a Nursing Home setting. The Physician will help with the admission, discharge, and routine care of these Veterans. He/she will also help coordinate care with other members of the Interdisciplinary Team and with Specialists inside and outside the VA. The incumbent will provide education on disease processes, medications, and care needs to Veterans, families, and staff. The incumbent will serve as a resource for Veterans, families, and staff for issues related to their stay in the CLC, and will participate in screening Veterans for CLC admission if needed. The physician will assume the responsibilities listed below: Complete Geriatric History and examination within 24 hours of admission, complete all assessments and plans for inpatient veterans in CLC, and coordinate all evaluations, diagnostic testing, clinical follow-up, and care coordination. Lead the CLC Team in the day-to-day management of Veterans in the CLC. Promote an atmosphere of efficiency and accuracy in the timeliness of submission of completed documents. Collaborate with ancillary health care providers and various clinical Specialties for veteran care. Educate veteran and family for GOCC, LST, and advance directive for the veteran. Manage veteran's daily medical needs and follow-ups as needed. Will pronounce a veteran after death and complete death certificate. Involved with rounds in CLC and attend meetings as needed. Completes Care Plans and MDS assessment on veterans in CLC. Will also cover outpatient Geriatric consultation clinic. Participate in screening veterans if needed and completing consults for the CLC. Supervision and training of Geriatric residents and fellows and/or other students in collaboration with the Geriatric team or other affiliates. Back up the physician to other CLC providers when needed. Participate in other clinical duties as assigned by the ACOS for Geriatrics & Extended Care. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off 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) 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 (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00 am - 4:30pm)"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.