RECRUITMENT AND RELOCATION INCENTIVES MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES. The Chief of Primary Care provides administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership to help ensure achievement of the Medical Center's clinical and educational goals related to primary care at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, MI. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Medical Center Director and the Chief of Staff. 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. Additional Requirement: Service Chief or Line Manager. A service chief or line manager physician must demonstrate the following: Outstanding professional ability in the practice of medicine or a medical specialty Ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within their respective domain. These programs would include, but are not limited to medical practice, professional standards, personnel issues, and quality and performance improvement. 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 position is primarily sedentary, with the ability to stand, walk, bend, and move freely. Work is accomplished predominantly in an administrative setting. Position requires periodic travel from the Medical Center and its nine Community Based Outreach Centers. Position also may require minimal travel into the community to meet with community agencies and partners, who provide assistance and support to the facility and its Veterans. This position requires close visual acuity to perform an activity such as, preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and repetitive motions of the wrists, hands and/or fingers. Work may involve regular and recurring exposure to infection and contagious diseases. Infection Control Standard Precautions are required as safety precautions, such as hand hygiene, gloves, gowns, or masks, which may be required for personal protective equipment and to promote a safe environment. ["Clinical Work Provides ad hoc patient care and clinical oversight to temporarily support the operations of the Primary Care Service. Uses appropriate modalities (e.g., VVC, telephone, e-consult) for providing ad hoc clinical care for PACT clinics, Urgent Care Clinic, Community Living Center, Compensation and Pension, or other specialty areas credentialed to do so. Customer Service Bases planning on patient and staff feedback and projected needs. Plans the provision of services with a patient-centered vision (in alignment with VHA guidelines and policies) to enhance patient education and shared decision making. Establishes a customer-oriented culture and promotes the hiring of persons who demonstrate the VA's ICARE values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence. Quality Improvement Serves as a primary care leader for quality improvement initiatives and utilization management related to primary care. Develops a high-reliability organization through direction of the continuous measurement and improvement of the quality of care provided by Primary Care Service. Plans, coordinates, and ensures high quality care through utilization of multiple quality measurement tools. Budget and Fiscal Management Collaborates with the service program managers in the development and execution of the department's strategic and business plan. Collaborates with other Medical Center leaders to develop initiatives and programs in order to ensure coordination of service, reduction of redundancies, and enhancement of cost effectiveness, efficiency and overall productivity. Stays abreast of and educates staff about, changing conditions in primary care. Encourages and rewards risk-taking and entrepreneurial behavior. Organizational Stewardship Demonstrates commitment to the facility goals. Manages relationships with supporting services to maximize efficiency and drive highly reliable operations. Provides a clear vision of the future and leads the service through necessary changes. Team Building Develops an interdisciplinary team of innovative, highly motivated individuals who are continuously striving for excellence in patient care and customer service. Develops a team that is technically competent and understand the interrelationships of all the Medical Center services in achieving the mission. Develops a team that is creative in its efforts to build and maintain a patient-centered, cost-effective, integrated health care system.. Builds partnerships with the community to enhance the organization's goals. Human Resources Management Responsible for assuring appropriate action in such matters as promotion, selections, rewards and recognition, training, and problem resolution. Responsible for development and implementation of competencies, providing opportunities for continuing education, peer review, career development and professional enrichment for subordinate employees. Communications Demonstrates leadership in addressing ethical issues that impact Veterans and staff in/or beyond the organization/local health care community. Maintains privacy, confidentiality, and security of patient data. Protects patient data from unauthorized use, including research. Effectively communicates with employees, patients and their families, stake holders, the executive leadership team, VISN, and VACO staff when required. Exhibits clear, honest, and open communications in meetings and other interactions. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized for highly qualified candidates. Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): May be authorized for highly qualified candidates. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): May be authorized for highly qualified candidates Learn more.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Ashley Flowers firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off 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 (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting 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.