The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS), Biloxi (Location of Mobile, AL), is seeking a full-time Physician (Chief Medical Officer - Primary Care). 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. Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) is required. Preferences ~ Board certified or board eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. ~ Three years of experience in a primary care practice. ~ Two years of experience in Veterans Affairs. 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. Functional Requirements Physical Requirements ~ Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds. ~ Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds. ~ Use of fingers. ~ Both hands required. ~ Walking (1 hour). ~ Standing (1 hour). ~ Kneeling (1 hour). ~ Repeated bending (8 hours). ~ Both legs required. ~ Ability to distinguish basic colors. ~ Ability to distinguish shades of colors. Environmental Factors ~ Working closely with others. ~ Working alone. ["The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a great place to live and work! You'll find picturesque, white-sand beaches lining the Gulf of Mexico, exciting, fun-filled outdoor activities to include boating, fishing and championship golf courses, taste-tantalizing cuisine, plentiful shopping, and must-see cultural attractions. Mississippi's Gulf Coast also features unlimited stakes gaming, top-name entertainment, and spectacular stage shows you won't want to miss. With a unique combination of attractions that will please everyone, Mississippi's Gulf Coast is undoubtedly \"the\" place to live and work! This announcement reflects a closing date of September 30, 2022. We will accept application packets on an on-going basis; however, qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official at two-week intervals. The first referral will be two weeks from the opening date of the announcement. If the vacancy is filled prior to the current closing date, the announcement will be closed. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized for highly qualified candidates.\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): See details in \"Education\" section.\nEDRP Authorized: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates. Contact Brandilyn.firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance.\nPay: 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: One 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/Responsibilities\n~ The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is accountable for the coordination and oversight of clinical and administrative activities for staff and patient care.\n~ Direct and supervise clinical activities of the Primary Care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.\n~ Devote up to 50% of time to direct patient care.\n~ Responsible for performance improvement activities in the clinic.\n~ Support other Service Chiefs in overseeing the operations of specialty and all ancillary services performed in the clinic.\n~ Complete annual proficiency evaluations for the Primary Care physicians and physician assistants.\n~ Responsible for the oversight and coordination of all education programs in the clinic.\n~ Act as surrogate for patients of colleagues, when one or more of their colleagues are on leave.\n~ Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. or 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.; one Saturday clinic one weekend per month - 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M."]
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