Physician (Chief of Medicine)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Salem, Virginia
Posted
Jul 06, 2022
Closes
Jul 12, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The Chief of Medicine is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, controlling, and refining a comprehensive inpatient clinical service that meets clinical, procedural, legal and administrative requirements in order to achieve maximum utilization of patient care resources in a high quality, cost-effective, efficient, and timely manner. Broad clinical and administrative expertise is required in order to coordinate Veteran inpatient care in collaboration with the Salem VAMC clinical service chiefs, Quality Management, nursing administration and other VA and non-VA entities within and outside the Mid Atlantic Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN 6).Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Responsible for day-to-day clinical operations regarding bed flow, thus ensuring smooth, safe transitions from the Emergency Department to inpatient units to outpatient care.
  • Lead relevant activities in the Patient Flow Committee, to include specific focus on Emergency Department flow metrics, transitions of care, and readmission rates.
  • Implementing Veteran Health Administration (VHA) Handbooks, Directives, rules, policies and regulations governing a broad range of clinical and administrative aspects of the Medical Center as they relate to emergency and inpatient care.
  • Analyze currently available Emergency Department and inpatient data sets (including IPEC, EPRP, SAIL, Press-Ganey), develop plans to acquire and analyze new data as necessary, and develop and implement related performance improvement projects or activities that enhance the safe, effective and efficient delivery of care to Veterans in the Emergency Department and inpatient units.
  • Participates in the formal education of medical students and residents by presenting teaching rounds, lectures, conferences, etc.
  • Meets scholarly activity requirements, including peer-reviewed publication and national professional organization participation, as required.
  • Participate in demonstrating compliance with rules, regulations and expectations as relates to the following: attendance at Medical Service staff meetings; mandatory training activities; BLS/ACLS requirements; moderate sedation training; OORAM training; maintenance of licensure, certifications, and registrations; time and attendance; mid-term and performance evaluations; residency supervision; medical record regulations; consult management and monitoring; credentialing and privileging regulations; OPPE and FPPE monitoring and completion; monitoring of probationary periods; completion of action items; development of, initiation, monitoring and review of performance pay goal.
  • Provides quality patient-centered patient care to presenting adults age 18-65 and older adults age 65+ as assigned by the Salem VA Chief Of Staff; stabilizes presenting patients under the age of 18 as required prior to transfer to an appropriate site of care.
  • Discusses treatment plan(s) with patients and or family/caregivers (following COBRA and HIPAA guidelines).
  • Exhibits leadership in suggesting and, with management approval, instituting changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from clinical research and guidelines.
  • Assists in conducting studies regarding treatment modalities, outcomes, and other aspects of patient care when appropriate.

Incentives: Recruitment Incentive: - $35k recruitment incentive for 3 year service agreement authorized for highly qualified candidates.
EDRP Authorized: Contact Christopher.Cullen@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance

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 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)
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
Work Schedule: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday
Telework: Ad Hoc

Requirements

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.
  • All 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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


Qualifications

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.
  • Board Certification: Physicians are generally not required to be board certified for employment in VA; however, three circumstances in VA require physician board certification:(1) If the position being filled is required to be a supervisor for medical students or physician residents (including fellows), the LCME, ACGME or AOA standards requiring a particular board certification credential will apply.(2) If the position being filled will have faculty status with an affiliated medical school (for example, in joint recruitments with affiliated medical schools), then a medical school requirement for board certification will apply to the jointly recruited position.(3) If the position being filled is required to be board certified by virtue of specific VHA policy (for example, as director of a cardiac catheterization laboratory or Director of Clinical Laboratory Medicine), then VHA policy requiring board certification will apply.]

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: Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination. This position requires: lifting, carrying; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); repeated bending; working alone; protracted or irregular hours of work and occasional emotional strain.

Education

Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
  • Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
  • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
  • For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.]

  • NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.

    Additional information

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

    VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

    Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .