The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System is currently seeking a Physical, Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician who will be responsible for patient care, patient/family education, and participation in indicated clinical research in PM&R. The Physician at VCB provides comprehensive care for patients with illnesses within the scope of ambulatory PM&R care. The majority of the Physician's time is devoted to patient care and education, including maintaining proficiency in the broad spectrum of ambulatory PM&R care. Remaining time is set aside for performance improvement activities and potential research to improve patient care. The Candidate should possess leadership skills in coordination of activities of various ancillary staff, house staff, therapists, other professionals, and students from various disciplines. He/she should have experience in diagnostically and therapeutically managing patients who present with the broad spectrum of conditions addressed by PM&R in outpatient setting-including but not limited to care of spinal cord injuries, amputee, Musculoskeletal conditions, basic neuromuscular and neurocognitive pathology, perform secondary TBI screen, review for appropriateness of and recommend mobility assistance devices, home adaptation requests to meet needs of medical condition, and work with other providers/specialists to coordinate care and review appropriateness of physical therapy ordered and rendered. Furthermore, the Physician should demonstrate knowledge of preventive medicine and primary care as related to PM&R (e.g. complications of disorders & treatments, side effects of medications used), as well as the role of non-physician health care professionals. Additional duties include the following: Administrative - May be required to perform administrative duties required for performance measures or improvement activities, compliance with accrediting organizations, or other duties as assigned. - May be required to serve as preceptor for health care students rotating through the outpatient clinics. - May be required to lecture or make presentations on Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation to clinic staff. - May be required to participate in emergency preparedness activities as a result of national health disasters. - May have to participate in various committees involving wound care, skin integrity, pain, non-invasive procedures - Respond promptly to any requested information for such as Medical Advisory Opinions, congressional inquiries, peer reviews from other facilities Clinical - May be required to serve as preceptor for health care students rotating through the outpatient clinics - May be required to lecture or make presentations on Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation to clinic staff - May be required to participate in clinical research. - May be required to participate in emergency preparedness activities as a result of national health disasters - May have to participate in various committees involving wound care, skin integrity, pain, non-invasive procedures - Respond promptly to any requested information for such as Medical Advisory Opinions, congressional inquiries, peer reviews from other facilities. - Orders diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, X-rays, electromyography/Nerve conduction studies(EMG/NCV), electrocardiograms (EKGs) and other tests when clinically indicated. - Consults other disciplines, as necessary, to complete the patient examination; e.g. various med/surg specialties, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, neuropsychological testing, audiology and speech/language pathology testing, vision testing, dental evaluation, psychosocial evaluation, etc. - Actively direct amputee/spinal cord/and wheelchair clinics within scope of practice and resources in ambulatory setting - Carries out health promotion and disease prevention activities including education and shared decision-making - Provides education and counseling to patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs. - May be required to provide clinical oversight, consultation and/or patient care management assistance to the PA/NP assigned Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday) VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. 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
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