Physician (Director, Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (MHRRTPs)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Menlo Park, California
Internal Number: 624047900
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. 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: Administrative or Management experience Residential Care Setting 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. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Position Eligible\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Susan.Bringel@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance 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 The Director is responsible for the overall administration, technical aspects, program planning, policies, evaluations as well as integration and implementation of clinical programs and activities for their assigned Mental Health section, which includes staff from various disciplines and services. The Incumbent provides administrative functions and leadership to a multidisciplinary staff; catalyzes assessment of the quality and effectiveness of activities, management and quality improvement techniques; and translates the results into clinical activities; program management, and policy development and implementation. She/he works in close collaboration with all MH leadership and other clinical chiefs within VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) as well as VA nationally, as needed. The Incumbent works effectively on projects with Clinical Services in improving inpatient, residential and outpatient care for Mental Health. The Incumbent has a broad understanding of Veteran's VA covered services and eligibility for services and in this regard, oversees the Fee Basis Package to ensure appropriate use and approvals for non-VA services. Administrative:\nProvides oversight and leadership for the clinical, teaching and research functions at VAPAHCS . Responsible for the development of programs in clinical areas. Directly responsible for the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff and initiates areas of programmatic development. Responsible for establishing and maintaining high standards of excellent care in all areas. Some of these responsibilities are as follows: Program Development: Searches, faculty and staff utilization Resource Management Quality Assurance Direct supervision of faculty, staff, and performance measures: QA, reporting, performance Budgets: Equipment (major and minor), Clinical Services, Contracts Personnel evaluations, Performance Reviews, Credentialing Oversee teaching, clinical care, research Design and implementation of goal sharing initiatives Leadership: Identify, assess, initiate, manage and evaluate programs to protect and improve the health of Veterans who use the VHA heath care system. Identifies and assesses trends as they may apply to VHA health care system and Veterans served by that system. Evaluates existing and related VHA health programs in order to improve those programs and/or the health care of Veterans served by the VHA health care system. Provides leadership within VHA and VA for promoting public health and population health programs, mission to protect and improve the health of Veterans who use the VHA health care system. Clinical: Evaluation and management of patients in the setting of their assigned clinical duties. The incumbent may also supervise trainees including medical students and residents in the all of these settings. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods. Instructs other personnel assigned to health care team on appropriate medical activities and functions. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm"]
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.