The Chief of Staff (COS) is fully responsible to the Health System Director for programs of patient care and the education activities of the clinical services. COS shall act as full assistant to the Health System Director and collaborate with Senior Executive Leadership Team in the planning, direction, coordination, and supervision of administrative activities in the care of patients. Physician leadership and manager positions may be facility Chiefs of Staff. 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: Prefer the physician be board certified in internal medicine and possess experience with academic medical practice in a teaching hospital. Prefer candidates who have 5 years of experience as a section/department chief. 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: The work is mostly sedentary and is performed in a health care setting for treating patients with a variety of medical problems. Normal safety precautions and practices are required for working in a healthcare environment. Other physical demands include reaching, bending, stretching, walking, and carrying light loads of supplies. The position often entails long periods of sitting at a computer, rigid deadlines, the need for a high degree of accuracy, high stress situations, and the ability to adapt work plans based on hospital needs. ["This open & continuous announcement will remain open until filled. The 1st review will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022; following reviews will be conducted weekly. The Montgomery area is a balance between production and service economies with major interstates in all directions; public, private and military institutions of higher learning; and a proud heritage to showcase. The warm Southern hospitality, high quality of life and low cost of living make Montgomery a wonderful place to put down roots and raise a family. Montgomery offers everything expected in a big city - from world-class arts and theater to state-of-the-art health care and vibrant retail - all with the small-town warmth seldom found in a city of this size. Montgomery has long understood that quality, accessible healthcare is a key aspect of any regimen for a robust economy. Our area's healthcare and medical industry makes an approximately $1 billion direct contribution to our local GDP, with a total economic impact of $4.5 billion annually. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Available to highly qualified applicants.\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Available to highly qualified applicants.\nAppraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Yes\nThis 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.\nPay: 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 Leadership and Organizational Representation Promotes the development of health care professionals in the health care system through counseling, mentoring, teaching, and encouraging self-assessment. Contributes to an environment that provides educational activity, and administrative planning and evaluation based on integration and application of current health care principles. Establishes mechanisms whereby the health care system administration, and other VHA components are informed, in a timely manner, of clinical program developments that affect them. Program Management Promotes an effective mix, coordination, and support of health care system clinical programs by evaluating current and potential patient population needs, clinical workload and resources, special program mandates and cost/benefit analysis making recommendations to the Facility Director ensuring implementation of approved clinical proposals. Provides advice to health care system staff through policy guidance and activities on behalf of patients and their clinical care. Accomplishes health care system clinical program goals consistent with available resources and participates in the allocation of facility resources and modification of programs to best meet needs of the Veteran population. Organizational Effectiveness Achieves corporate objectives in quality of services and programs throughout the health care system, as evaluated by internal indicators, regulatory reviews and accreditation, and patient satisfaction data. Ensures continuous improvement relative to the quality, value and access of health care services. Credentialing and Privileging Authority and accountability of credentialing and privileging as Chair of the Medical Executive Council (MEC). Interprets regulatory and legal issues, monitoring medical staff and other licensed independent practitioner's compliance and quality of practice. Initiates appropriate actions such as discipline, revocation or suspension of all or selected individual privileging. 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.