The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, MS is seeking a full-time Physician (Primary Care and/ or Women's Health Care). This is an open-continuous announcement and will remain open until September 30, 2022, or until the position is filled (if a selection is made and offer accepted, announcement will be closed). Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official every two weeks from the opening date of the announcement. 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. Additional Requirement: Current certification in Basic Life Support(BLS) is required. Note: Copy of current certification must be submitted prior to entering on duty. Preferred Experience: Board eligible or board certified in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. 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: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1 hour), standing (1 hour), kneeling (1 hour), repeated bending, both legs required, near vision correctable to 13" - 16" to Jaeger 1 - 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20, Ability to distinguish colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aide permitted), emotional/mental stability, working inside and outside, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working closely with others, working alone, and protracted or irregular hours of work. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized.\nAppraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized.\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized. 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. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\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 Major Duties and Responsibilities:\n-The physician will be responsible for delivery of primary care to patients enrolled in the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System.\n-The work assignment may include Primary Care Clinic and/or Women's Health Care.\n-The provider will manage scheduled and unscheduled patients in a clinic setting at the medical center.\n-All duties will be performed at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System. - Assigned a panel of patients to manage. Each provider's panel size is specific to their practice and setting.\n-Alternative or collateral duties may include management of a subsection of primary care patients, the subsection may be defined either by a disease status (e.g. spinal cord injury patients), or demographic status (women veterans, OIF/OEF veterans, employees etc). Typically, these duties are designated at the time of joining but occasionally during employment, participation in special projects pertinent to assigned section may be necessary as the projects become available through strategic or other initiatives.\n- Physician may be assigned duty as a supervising or collaborating physician for one or more mid-level providers.\n- Physicians are expected to provide clinical oversight and review the care provided by midlevel practitioners.\n- Physician may be assigned duty to supervise and teach residents and students from affiliated medical schools.\n- Most providers will need to act as surrogates for the patients of their colleagues, when one or more of their colleagues are on leave.\n- All physicians are to follow departmental and VHA policies for leave and attendance and will work within Title 38 appointment guidelines.\n- Timely documentation is necessary in all areas in accordance with departmental policy.\n- All administrative work should be completed in a timely fashion.\n- Clinical reminders should be addressed as medically appropriate.\n- Quality of care to meet professional standards at all times.\n- Physicians will work within their privileges at all times, unless necessitated by an emergency.\n- Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm or 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and may include Saturday Clinics from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Full-time providers are required to work a minimum of 80 hours per pay period (every two weeks), unless on leave status."]
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.