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. NOTE: This vacancy announcement will remain open until filled or the closing date listed. The closing date may be extended until filled. Applicants will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis. 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. 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: Physical demands include repetitive body movements including the following: frequent reaching, standing, walking, and lifting of equipment and/or patients to provide patient care. This position requires extension of the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction including above or below shoulder level, during the provision of patient care, including retrieval of needed equipment, supplies and to make contact with the patient. This position requires the maintenance of an upright position to perform duties associated with patient care. This position is typically non-sedentary, and frequently involves being in the standing position. This position requires moving about accomplish tasks, such as assisting with patient ambulation and moving one patient area to the next. This position requires the raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position or the movement of objects horizontally position to position. Lifting may be done to move a patient from one location to the next, i.e.- from the exam table to the chair, and in the movement of equipment or supplies. Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Cynthia.Powell3@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 To function effectively in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities the Medical Director, P & LM, must possess a broad knowledge of clinical medicine, basic medical sciences, clinical laboratory sciences, and operations and has sufficient authority to and shall discharge the following responsibilities: Medical Significance, Interpretation, and Correlation of Data- Provides consultations about the medical significance of clinical laboratory data. Interprets, correlates, and communicates laboratory data to clinical requesters. Anatomic Pathology- Performs anatomic pathology procedures as appropriate. Consultations- Provides consultations to physicians regarding the medical significance of laboratory findings as appropriate. Medical Staff Privileges- As applicable serves as an active member of the medical staff for the facility served. Interactions with Others- Relates and functions effectively with applicable crediting regulatory agencies, appropriate administrative officials, the medical community, the medical device industry, and the patient population served. Standards of Performance- Defines, implements, and monitors standards of performance and quality control, quality improvement and cost effectiveness of the pathological and clinical laboratory services. Monitoring and Correlation of Laboratory Data - Monitors all work performed in the laboratory to determine that medically reliable data are being generated; correlates laboratory data for diagnosis and patient management. Quality Improvement Responsibilities - Assumes responsibility for implementation of quality improvement plan. Personnel - Ensures there are sufficient qualified personnel with adequate documented training and experience to meet the needs of the laboratory. Strategic Planning - Performs planning for setting goals and developing, and allocating resources appropriate to the medical environment. Administrative and Management Responsibilities - Provides effective and efficient administration of the anatomic pathology and medical laboratory services in accordance with institutional assignment of such responsibilities. Educational responsibilities - Provides educational programs for the medical and laboratory staff, and participate in educational programs of the institution. Reference Laboratories - Selects and monitors all reference laboratories for quality of service. Safety - Implements a safe laboratory environment compliance with good practice and applicable regulations. Ensures all necessary actions are taken to integrate environmental accountability into day-to-day decision-making and long-term planning processes across the VA activities, functions and services. Identifies and addresses the environmental aspects and impacts of an organization's work, insures compliance with applicable environmental requirements, and determines opportunities for continual improvement. (VA Directive 0057, \"VA Environmental Management System and Governing Environmental Policy\" and VA Directive 2005-011, \"VA GEMS and Governing Environmental Policy Statement\"). Complies with the relevant environmental statutes, regulations and executive orders to ensure that all employees with environmental responsibilities are identified and appropriately trained. Considers environmentally preferable and recycle products at all purchasing decisions. Follows all policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental regulations and requirements and be good stewards of the environment through pollution prevention, waste minimization and resource conservation. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0800-1630 (negotiable including potential alternate tours)"]
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