The New Mexico VA Health Care System is seeking it's next Associate Chief of Staff for Spinal Cord Injury. 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 Board Eligibility or Certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, or, a primary specialty with equivalent training in the care of persons with SCI 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 Must pass a pre-employment physical examination as required by VA Handbook 5019. This examination is administered by VA Occupational Health. This position requires: light to moderate lifting (15 - 44 lbs); light carrying (15 lbs and under); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 2 hours); standing (up to 2 hours); kneeling (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; mental stability; working closely with others; and working alone. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized\nThis position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA Policy 1021 and submit your application within four months of appointment to this position. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. Please reach out to Miriam Ubiles for additional information. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized\nThis position is eligible for recruitment incentives. To be eligible to receive an incentive, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements and complete all documentation with Human Resources prior to your appointment date. The award amount will be based upon your unique qualifications in comparison with the position you are being placed into and budget availability. For current Federal Employees, this will be referred to as a Relocation Incentive and movement of at least 50 miles in order to perform the duties of the position is normally required. Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Authorized\nThis position is eligible for payment of relocation incentives. To be eligible to receive expenses, you must complete the individual eligibility requirements and complete all documentation with Human Resources prior to your appointment date. Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized 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 Oversee full management of the Spinal Cord Injury service. Works with other service lines and departments to develop and maintain service agreements to ensure high quality of care to SCI Veterans. Establishes and maintains a climate that fosters patient-centered services. Supports and promotes full implementation of all local, VISN, and national policies and directives. Work with affiliated educational institutions, while also maintaining priority alliance to the needs and mission of the VA medical center. Reports directly to the Chief of Staff and will positively support the goals of the SCI Service, VA medical center, VISN 22, and VHA. Maintains and promotes high ethical, clinical and administrative standards that are carried into the decision-making process. Is responsible for developing both long- and short-term policies and plans for giving special consideration to the integration of the SCI Center within other service lines to ensure an interdisciplinary approach and a seamless health care system. Makes recommendations regarding all resource management issues, including but not limited to: personnel actions, budget, equipment, space, benchmarking issues, outreach and networking initiatives. Directly supervises clinical and administrative staff. Supports patients' rights, high quality education programs for patients and staff, supports and monitors time and attendance of staff, and supports and ensures compliance with productivity initiatives. Participates in medical center, VISN 22 and national SCI System of Care leadership activities. Manages service-level QI activities that monitor critical aspects of care that include CARF and JCAHO compliance. Expected to remain privileged and practicing in his/her specialty field. Functions as liaison to Associate Director of Staff for Education for UME/GME issues and ensures orientation to service rotation for program trainees (residents, students, fellows). Expected to show effectiveness in teaching, monitoring and coordinating educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM"]
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