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. Preferred Experience: Board certified in Vascular Surgery (preferred). 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: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. The physical requirements of this position include occasional lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking, climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion, and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, reading, and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes-fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes-noisy environment. There may be an occasional need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness, and hazardous materials. ["Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay) VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: May be authorized 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 Duties may include, but are not limited to:\n- Accountable for oversight of clinical and administrative management for assigned section/specialty.\n- Responsible for the quality of care delivered by the section/specialty assigned and accountable to any governing body for all aspects of that care performed by section/specialty providers.\n- Supervises staff within the section/specialty assigned.\n- Ensures the clinic is staffed appropriately and requests appropriate staffing levels are changed as needed.\n- Compliant and holds staff accountable for compliance with VA, VHA Bylaws, policies, and procedures.\n- Oversees section/specialty needs and assists with inspection of specialty clinical and administrative issues when directed as a part of VA, VHA, TJC (The Joint Commission, JACHO, OIG and any other audits.\n- Acts as Service Chief when directed for coverage when Service Chief is unavailable\n- Serves and participates in committees internal to VA as well as external when required.\n- Assigns staff in section/specialty tasks and ensures staff tasks and duties are evenly distributed.\n- Assigns staff in section/specialty to attend meetings and or committees as needed.\n- Resolves conflicts within section/specialty to avoid disruption in patient care or clinic flow\n- Surveillance of the professional performance of al individuals supervised and completes performance evaluations, Focused professional practice evaluations, Ongoing professional practice evaluations and any other performance measurement tools as required by policy or law.\n- Development and implementation of policies, manuals, procedure guides, such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) as needed or required.\n- Maintenance and contribution to quality control programs as assigned or appropriate.\n- Reviews and monitors space and other resources for the section/specialty assigned.\n- Attends Service meetings\n- Holds section/specialty meetings as needed.\n- Holds appropriate staff accountable for clinical, administrative, and surgical documentation, encounters, signed notes, consult review, and ensures timely entry and response.\n- Assigns OR times and rooms for section/specialty within section/specialty block times and reviews cases for assigned specialty for urgency of need and priority.\n- Assists Surgery service administrative staff with ensuring specialty clinic staff is accountable for education, occupational health, Human Resources, and clinical responsibilities.\n- Approves and denies Leave requests as well as certifying timecards for assigned staff\n- Labor mapping and productivity reporting for assigned staff\n- Completes or assigns staff to engage new section/specialty employees for service/specialty/OR orientation.\n- Understands and uses proper Chain of Command when reporting issues or concerns to appropriate parties and keeps the Service Chief informed of any ongoing issues.\n- Resolves or assigns staff to resolve customer service issues for Section/specialty Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm (CST)"]
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