Physician (Clinical Researcher)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 27, 2021
Closes
Nov 03, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The Washington DC VA Medical Center, located within sight of the Nation's Capital, is the only health care system that specifically provides care to Veterans. Offering tertiary care in a Complexity Level 1A hospital, allows ours staff to provide comprehensive primary and specialty care in medicine, surgery, neurology and psychiatry. The Medical Center has 164 acute care beds, 30 Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment beds, and a 20-suite Fisher House. Also, the Medical Center is home to an adjacent 120-bed Community Living Center which provides Veterans with geriatric long-term care, hospice and palliative care.

The Medical Center's culture and presence is transforming to meet the needs of more than 201,311 Veterans who are enrolled for VA health care in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In FY 2019, the Medical Center had 1,037,517 patient encounters and we are excited about expanding programs and offering services to meet the unique needs of Veterans.

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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

The Clinician Physician Researcher is located at the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) located within the Washington DC VA Medical Center in Washington DC. Responsibilities for the position includes but not limited to:
  • Authors and publishes research results in peer-review research journals.
  • Seeks and obtains competitive research grant funding through peer-reviewed intramural and extramural funding sources.
  • Develops and implements WRIISC research priorities.
  • Mentors research investigators on scientific, professional, and administrative matters.
  • Completes physical examinations and evaluations, making appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan for Veterans evaluated by the WRIISC clinical and research programs.
  • Provides clinical guidance over the phone, by Secure Messaging and through the mail. Ensures accurate documentation of medical assessments and observations per VHA, DC-VAMC, WRIISC and appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for supervising and teaching medical residents, fellows and students, and students from other medical careers (e.g. NPs, psychology). Will be required to oversee mid-level practitioners, such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants.
  • Provides appropriate patient/family member teaching and education; evaluates effectiveness and level of patient/family member understanding of teaching provider.
  • Utilizes electronic health records computer software/programs (e.g. CPRS) for medical care.
  • May additionally serve as a national VHA, regional and local VAMC, subject matter expert in health outcomes of military exposures, with additional leadership, academic and clinical duties and responsibilities in this role.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Tour of duty subject to change to meet the needs of the Agency
Telework: Partial telework (approximately 50%) may be available per agency policy
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
EDRP Authorized: Contact Ms. Lydia Byer at lydia.byer@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance

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
  • 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
  • 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 Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel


Qualifications

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:
    • Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), OR
    • Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR
    • 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:
  • Experienced, trained, and board certified, in Occupational Medicine (or sub-specialty representing Veteran health outcomes of military exposures), and have specialized experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • A proven track record of obtaining peer-reviewed research funding in health outcomes of military exposures related fields is desired. All successful candidates should have knowledge and experience in the assessment of environmental exposures and medically unexplained symptoms.
  • Prior VA and/or military experience is desirable, but not required.
Candidates must attain assistant professor or higher academic rank at the Uniformed Services University or other affiliated academic institutions based on professional interests within six months of starting the position and will be clinicians and physician research investigators with scholarly interest-expertise in health outcomes of military exposure research; leadership and administrative experience.

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: Be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. A specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthetic or mechanical aid.

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
    • 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 .


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