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. Additional Requirement: Board Certification/Board Eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine Preferred Experience: Board certification in Geriatric 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: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds);Light Lifting (15 lbs and under); Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds); Light Carrying (15 lbs and under), use of fingers and both hands required; walking (up to 4 hours); standing (up to 6 hours); Kneeling (up to 1 hour); Repeated bending(up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability. Applicant must be willing to undergo a pre-employment physical that may involve a drug screening test. ["**This is an OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCMENT and will remain open until September 29, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be December 27, 2022, with subsequent cut-off dates every 2 weeks. Eligible applications received after that date will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available.** VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Position Eligible EDRP Authorized: Contact Susan.Bringel@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance 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 The CLC Physician is expected to be a geriatric medicine expert with knowledge and clinical practice experience in geriatric medicine, dementia care, mental health illness management, rehabilitation, transitions of care, and healthcare systems navigation. Opportunities can be made for teaching, growing education programs, and research through the joint affiliation and appointment with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Provides primary care for veterans, attending weekly interprofessional care plan meetings. Attends watch list huddle three times a week, Participates in screening meeting every morning if you are the daytime on call physician. Attends weekly Falls focus meeting, weekly CLC provider meeting, and ad hoc family meetings. Provides medical management of CLC Veterans includes identifying medical problems, defining medical management of problems, participating in the development of individual plans of care during interprofessional care plan meetings, and determining the need for other subspecialty services. Shares after hours, weekend and holiday calls with other physicians in the Geriatrics Palliative and Extended Care (GPEC) service. Participates in quality improvement projects within the CLC and to engage in SFVAHCS committees, such as medical records, dementia committee, and physician utilization management committee etc. Serves as a collaborator, consultant, and contributor to the CLC interdisciplinary team and program. Identifies the need for and facilitating transitions of care (including transitions through the end of life) and engages in resources and facilitates communication between health systems and sites of care when veteran is ready to be discharged from the CLC. Writes at least monthly notes on veterans in his/her panel as well as quarterly medical review notes and annual medical review notes. Works with CLC teams to meet local, regional, and national program measures. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM"]
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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.