Physician - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service (PM&R)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky
Internal Number: 745286600
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. 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. Proficient in spoken and written English. 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), (2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), (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. 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: In Accordance with VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. The position of physician is located in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) in the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. The PM&R physician, otherwise known as a physiatrist, may work in consultation with inpatients who need Rehab Medicine services and in any Rehab Medicine provider outpatient clinic operated by the service including, but not limited, to Rehab Medicine, Polytrauma, Amputee, Electromyography (EMG), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Pain Management, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). They incumbent may be assigned to work at the VA Medical Center and /or at any of the Community Based Outpatient Clinic locations. The assignment is made based on the needs of the Service and consideration for clinic assignments is given based on the nature of training and experience of the treating physician. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): 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. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid 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)Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Duties may include but are not limited to: Responsible for upholding the philosophy and objectives of PM&RS while supporting equal opportunity. Accountable for adhering to established policies and procedures and for maintaining competencies consistent with assigned roles and responsibilities. Collaborates to ensure direct patient care is medically necessary and reflects applicable medical and rehabilitative standards of care. Interacts with the patient and caregiver(s) to explain therapy procedures, discuss treatment plans and motivate them to comply with indicated regimens and post discharge activities. Instructs, motivates, and assists patients to learn and improve functional activities. Provides clinical instruction and supervision to medical students, residents and fellows as appropriate when conducting patient care. Ensures that all Rehab Medicine provider outpatient clinics run efficiently, providing timely and courteous services to all Veterans/caregivers receiving rehabilitative care. All clinical inpatient and outpatient consults requesting rehabilitative services are reviewed and received according to policy. Documentation of patient care and patient care encounters are completed timely per hospital policy. Arranges and communicates the need for clinic coverage when a provider will be absent and as assigned by the Chief, PM&RS. Other duties as assigned by the Chief, PM&RS. Assists PM&RS to achieve excellence in all programs to include focus on financial management, resource utilization, accomplishment of strategic plans, safety, and treatment outcomes. Conducts peer reviews as assigned. Promotes performance improvement in PM&R and assists in preparation for all applicable inspections. Meets/Collaborates with leaders in other Services throughout the VA to promote rehabilitation services and interventions for appropriate patients. Supports Service, medical center, VISN and Central Office policies and procedures. Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence (\"I CARE\"). Identifies and applies proactive and innovative approaches to apply continuous process improvement in a high reliability environment Collaborates with other staff physicians to ensure proper education Participates in educational activities to maintain highest degree of knowledge of the changing medical landscape and maintain and evidence-based approach to care provided. Demonstrates knowledge of the Environment of Care, Infection Control, and Takes corrective actions as necessary to eliminate safety and health hazards in the work area and reports safety hazards, accidents and injuries to the proper authorities. Work Schedule: 8-4:30 Monday-Friday with rotational call"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.