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Physician-Chief of Geriatrics, Extended Care and Rehabilitation

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Grand Junction
Posted on: June 10, 2021

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Chief of Geriatrics, Extended Care and Rehabilitation is responsible for the overall management, planning, organization, direction, and control of all programs within the department. The Chief is responsible for fiscal oversight, patient satisfaction, patient care delivery, and appropriate interface with all other services of the VA Western Colorado Health Care System.

This is an open and continuous announcement. Applicants will be referred on a bi-weekly basis until the position is filled.

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Responsibilities

The Chief of Chief of Geriatrics, Extended Care and Rehabilitation comes with both clinical and administrative roles. The physician is responsible for the overall operation of the Geriatrics, Extended Care and Rehabilitation whose mission is to provide a continuum of quality care to our Veterans in the area. Some major duties of the position:

* Supervises on-board personnel, evaluates prospective new hires, oversees compliance with all applicable regulations, addressing patient complaints, credentialing and peer-review issues, and inquiries and investigations from Congress, the White House, VA Central Office, and national investigative bodies. * Participates as a member and/or leader of Geriatrics, Extended Care and Rehabilitation. Services/Programs include: Community Living Center, Palliative Care, Home Based Primary Care, Geriatric Services and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. * Participates as a member and/or leader of facility-wide committees responsible for peer review, accreditation, and systems redesign and quality improvement projects, as assigned by the Office of the Chief of Staff. * Carries out administrative duties as assigned in a timely, resourceful, and efficient manner. Demonstrates interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills that establish and maintain professional relationships with other professionals, whether they are direct reports, peers, or supervisors and leaders both at the facility and at higher levels. * Provides direct patient care in his/her specialty area approximately 25-40% of the time * Completes all VA reports on each patient examined to include appropriate CPT codes and diagnosis. * May function as an educator for medical and other health care trainees including students, resident physicians and fellows as part of his/her duties as a member of the department. * Fosters an environment of mutual respect and free communication and promotes a culture of safety in which individuals will feel free to point out problems and deficiencies without fear of retaliation. * Works to impart an expectation of individual sacrifice for the good of the Veterans

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

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases

Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 10 paid Federal holidays per year

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)

Incentives: Possible signing bonus

Licensure: One full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory

Malpractice: Free liability protection

Virtual: Not Authorized

Telework: Not Available

Take a look at VA's Top 20 Reasons Doctors Enjoy Working at VA and VHA Physician's Brochure Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be paid in accordance with federal regulations and in consideration of budget availability for a highly qualified candidate; determination upon selection and the selectee must sign a service agreement.

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

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

None

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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 * Must be proficient in written and spoken English * You may be required to serve a probationary period * Subject to a background/security investigation * Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process * Must pass pre-employment physical examination

Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS.

a. Citizenship. Be a Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with [38 U.S.C. 7407(a)).]b.

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: (1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or(2) 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.(3) 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.

C.Licensure and Registration. Physicians must possess a 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the state of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

(1) Impaired Licensure. A physician who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of this [Handbook 5005 part II,] chapter 3, section B, [paragraphs 13 and 14]. VA HANDBOOK 5005/113 APRIL 1, 2020 PART II APPENDIX G2 II-G2-2(2)

Waiver of Licensure. Licensure requirements may be waived by the Under Secretary for Health or designee in the VHA Central Office for individuals in research, academic, or administrative assignments involving no direct patient care responsibilities in accordance with current regulations. In addition, the facility director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country. (See [this Handbook 5005 part II,] chapter 3, section B, paragraph 14, on waiver of licensure provisions.)

NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the state for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. 7402(f)). This requirement does not apply to licensed physicians on VA rolls as of November 30, 1999, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of state license, registration or certification.

* 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), 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. * NOTE: 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. For more information, see Section 3a below. APRIL 1, 2020 VA HANDBOOK 5005/113 PART II APPENDIX G2 II-G2-3 * 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.] f. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. g. English Language Proficiency. Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Reference: Physician Qualification Standards - VA Handbook, 5005/113, Part II, Appendix G2

Physical Requirements: Physicians should be physically and mentally capable of performing examinations, formulating diagnosis and treatment plans, and educating residents. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (for up to 8 hours), walking (up to 8 hours), moderate lifting (intermittently, 15-44 lbs.), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. Physician should be emotionally and mentally stable and capable of performing the duties of the position.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

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