Physician (Associate Chief of Staff-Medicine/Neurology)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Internal Number: 646564900
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. 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. 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: Board Certification or Board Eligibility in Internal Medicine/Family Medicine and/or Specialty/Subspecialty care if appropriate to specialty Recent experience of 2 or more years leadership Proven VA Leadership Experience in supervisory role History of academic achievement/appointment Excellent communication skills Proficiency with VA Data Systems 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: VA Directive and Handbook 5019, applicants must be able to perform the duties as a Physician. Functional Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 lbs, use of fingers, both hands required, walking 1 hour, standing 4 hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid may be permitted), emotional stability, Environmental Factors: Radiant energy, Electrical energy, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working with hands in water, working closely with others, working alone, protracted or irregular hours of work. ["The Associate Chief of Staff, Medicine/Neurology, is responsible for oversight and performance measures of all Medical Service operations at the Central Arkansas VA Health care System. Duties include but are not limited to the following: The qualified candidate is board certified in internal medicine. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills and experience in management is strongly preferred. The position provides administrative, clinical and programmatic leadership to the service to ensure achieved performance measures. Responsibilities include planning, developing, and directing all administrative and clinical functions of the Medical Department. This includes oversight of the inpatient acute care medical services, primary care, intensive care unit, emergency department, subspecialty services, Physical Rehab Section, ultrasound services, and Cardiopulmonary Section. Position also includes clinical practice and oversight responsibility for residents and medical students. The position reports directly to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Director. Oversight for credentialing and privileging for all licensed independent practitioners within Medicine Service, to include Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation. Liaison with Human Resources for recruitment and retention of clinicians. Budgetary oversight for all subspecialty sections within Medicine Service. Oversight for responses to Executive Correspondence, Action Items, and other inquiries. Responsibility for continued readiness for accrediting bodies in coordination with QSV Service. Ongoing quality improvement in collaboration with QSV Service. Responsibility for access and consult management in Medicine Service. Coordination with Academic Affiliates and ACOS Education to allow for successful management of training programs within Medicine Service. Advocate for research endeavors in collaboration with Research Service. Ongoing clinical care at 25% time or less. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants.\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): PCS may be authorized for highly qualified applicants.\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program\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: 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 Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday Through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m."]
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.