The VAMC in Memphis, Tennessee is recruiting for a Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism to serve as a full-time specialty care service physician and Section Chief. The position is accountable to the Chief of Medicine, for assuring the most effective delivery of state-of-the-art care by meeting or exceeding compliance standards. Section Chiefs are responsible for the management of all clinical, teaching, research, and administrative actvities of staff assigned to the section. 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: One or more years of Section Chief or physician/nurse practitioner/physician assistant supervisory experience; familiarity with VA's electronic records system. 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: Physical activity includes sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. Incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable, and capable to perform the duties of the position. ["This vacancy will remain open until filled. The successful candidate for this important leadership position is responsible for overseeing a group of Endocrinology Providers who provide a broad range of interventions to Veterans with complex disease and comorbidities, within a patient centric model. Duties include but are not limited to: The Section Chief will be the clinical director of all inpatient consultation services, outpatient clinics and procedural units, or will have delegated them to a physician member of the section. In addition to performing its clinical duties, the Endocrinology Section is affiliated with the Division of Endocrinology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Ensures Endocrinology care is delivered in accordance with hospital policy, meeting or exceeding community standards and VHA national benchmarks. The Endocrinology Chief will have primary responsibility for supervising other Endocrinology Providers in the Section, and to ensure that they are performing to the highest standards of clinical care excellence, time efficiency, professional and ethical behavior. Assures that care of patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings is smooth, patient-centric, and safe. This includes but is not limited to, collaboration and good communication with the Emergency Department, Subspecialty Sections, and Clinics admitting patients to the hospital. Supervises all operational aspects of the Endocrinology Section, including establishment of the highest clinical care standards, operations, and quality. Develops strong, collegial working relationships with other Chiefs within the medical center (both clinical and administrative), and with other Section Chiefs within Medicine Service working under the auspices of the Chief of Medical Service at Lt. Col. Luke Weathers, Jr. VA Medical Center. Oversees the development and implementation of systems redesigns projects, quality improvements, and assurance programs of the Endocrinology Section. Champions initiatives designed to improve overall quality using evidence-based medicine and peer review. Participates in clinical review process such as tort claims, peer reviews, management reviews and administrative activities, as directed by the Chief of Medical Service. Involved as a Section Chief in the organization's continued accreditation readiness activities. The Endocrinology Section Chief fosters a culture of transparency, communication, collegiality and patient centered interdisciplinary teamwork. She/he will use astute business acumen to optimally utilize resources and adapt to changes, exercising leadership and flexibility. The Chief of Endocrinology Section is expected to maintain current medical knowledge and technical skills and provide both leadership and documentation that all Endocrinology Providers within the Section are competent with respect to current privileging. He/she is expected to maintain excellent diagnostic, judgmental, and therapeutic acumen in the care of veterans receiving Endocrinology interventions. Performs clinical duties including but not limited to full general endocrinological evaluations/examinations on established or newly consulted patients in the Endocrinology clinics, inpatient wards or Emergency Department. Other clinical responsibilities will include expanded use of non-traditional care such as (CVT), electronic consultation (e-consult) to improve access to Endocrinology care. Other duties assigned. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be eligible for highly qualified applicants. 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 Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM"]
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.