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Physician (Deputy Chief of Primary Care)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Martinsburg
Posted on: June 12, 2021

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Summary

This position will be in the Primary Care service and will report directly to the Chief of Primary Care. The duty station will be at the Martinsburg, WV Medical Center and will include regular travel to the facility Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) during the usual tour of duty.

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Responsibilities

Duties will include both clinical and administrative functions:

  • Initial and ongoing assessment of patient's medical, physical, and psychosocial status. Obtain and document a comprehensive medical and psychological history and physical examination
  • Order appropriate diagnostic tests with review and interpretation resulting in appropriate action(s).
  • Formulates and appropriately documents the clinical impression and plan of care.
  • Refers patients to specialty care consultants.
  • Provides medical advice to patients, families and community health providers as needed for coordination of care.
  • Documents patient care in the electronic health record in compliance with the Medical Staff By-laws and Medical Center Memorandums.
  • Works in close collaboration with CBOC Nurse Managers (Coordinators) in conducting daily operations.
  • Attends Medical Center meetings, seminars, conferences on behalf of the Primary Care Service. Attendance may require presentation of PC Service performance data with improvement plans or clinical case presentations.
  • Supervises (1st Line) all physicians/nurse practitioners/physician assistants at all CBOC duty stations. This includes completion of FPPE/OPPEs, chart reviews, annual appraisals, and disciplinary actions.
  • Routinely travels (up to once weekly) to CBOC sites for team meetings, supervisory duties, and educational efforts.
  • Assists the Service Chief in reviewing the clinical care by all service clinicians by direct observation/discussion with providers, clinical review of medical documentation and analysis of clinical outcome metrics. The clinical performance metric review requires an understanding of multiple VHA clinical websites/databases.
  • In the absence of the Service Chief, the Deputy will provide coverage for the Chief as per the service Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).
  • Other appropriate duties as assigned per the Chief, Primary Care Service

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Relocation incentive: Authorized for highly qualified applicants.

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

VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel for training and travel once weekly to visit CBOC locations.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

None

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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.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • 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

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: (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 certification in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine is preferred, but not required.

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: Physicians should be physically and mentally capable to perform the examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan, and educate residents. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (for up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (intermittently, 45 lbs. or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. Physician should be emotionally and mental stable and capable of performing the duties of the position.

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.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Germantown , Physician (Deputy Chief of Primary Care), Other , Martinsburg, Maryland

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