Physician (Section Chief/Amputee Medical Director/Assistant Chief Physiatrist)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Augusta, Georgia
Internal Number: 644493200
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Authorized PCS Expenses: Not Authorized This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until December 30, 2022. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be April 14, 2022, with subsequent cut off dates on a bi-weekly basis. This announcement may close without prior notification. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/30/2022. 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. Education: 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. License: 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. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Additional Requirement: Preferred Experience: Incumbent is expected to be a board certified PM&R physician (physiatrist). Experience as a VA attending physician, preferably for over two years, strongly preferred. Experience as a VA attending physician in Amputee clinic strongly preferred. 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 physician should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position including examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan and educate residents. Physical activities include sitting, standing (up to 4 hours) walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. The incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable; and capable to perform the duties of the position. ["This position is located in the Rehabilitation Service at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. Incumbent will provide services in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Administrative Summary: The incumbent has the following responsibilities:\n- Responsible to develop both short- and long-term plans for the Amputee Program Section, with input and as approved by the Rehabilitation Service Chief. Responsible for implementation of approved short- and long-term plans for the Section with feedback and changes.\n-Responsible for all VISN level physician responsibilities for Amputee clinic. Responsible for routine national level Amputee clinic responsibilities, e.g. annual presentation, ensuring information regarding use of Amputee National System of Care funding is reported appropriately.\n- Responsible for supervision of selected staff and their evaluations\n- Monitor and ensure compliance with expected clinic operational and quality metrics (SAIL, HEDIS, etc.)\n- An integral member of the Interdisciplinary Amputee Team and Rehabilitation Service Team as needed in the delivery of care for patients.\n-As Assistant Chief attends meetings, performs tasks and produces work.\n-Participates in Service Quality Improvement/Performance Improvement activities.\n- Participates in selected committees - Participation in Quality Management activities\n- Expected to participate in appropriate continuing education activities as necessary\n- Familiar with and adheres to the Medical Staff Bylaws of this facility Position Summary:\n- Responsibilities include providing patient care in the Amputee clinic, other clinics as determined by departmental need, as well as by incumbent's procedural skills and interest (e.g. EMG and procedure clinic, including use of ultrasound), and inpatient care on the inpatient rehabilitation unit, as well as inpatient Blind Rehabilitation, including inpatient consults. In addition to performing direct patient care, incumbent must be able to act as a physician leader in clinical settings, providing appropriate clinical direction for the work of Service nurse practitioners, and possible PAs, and other staff, regardless of if said staff member is an official direct report of the incumbent.\n- Provide physiatry services as specified in clinical privileges. Services include new patient consultation, established (follow up) visits, EMG, musculoskeletal procedures including use of ultrasound, botulinum toxin injection including with use of EMG guidance\n- Responsible for providing the patient with risks, benefits and alternative treatments and securing the informed consent of the patient/family needed before conducting invasive procedures.\n- Evaluates the patient to assess any changes in the physical status, and make recommendations for continued care as needed.\n- Participates in various hospital committees, department and hospital in-service programs and acquires CME's as required.\n- Provides assessment of physical and functional status of Veterans in Rehabilitation Service clinics and inpatient rehabilitation unit and inpatient Blind Rehabilitation\n- Provide recommendations and works with the interdisciplinary team to coordinate care to provide optimal functioning, decrease level of pain, and improve quality of life for Veterans.\n- Provides support to the Polytrauma Management program which includes training of providers within the Medical Center on various aspects of assessment and management of care for multiple diagnoses related to the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation.\n- Collaborates with the Coordinators of the Polytrauma/TBI, amputee, EMG and procedure clinics providing coverage for these clinics when there is a need.\n- Makes recommendations to Rehabilitation Service Chief regarding all resource management issues\n- Consults requesting Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services are performed in a timely manner and that the results are made readily available to the referring practitioners\n-Performs duties as Assistant Chief.\n- Other duties as assigned. Customer Service: Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately.\n.\nAge Related Competency: The staff member must be competent to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care/services appropriate to the age of the patients served on their assigned unit. Individuals must demonstrate the knowledge and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide care needed as described in the unit's/areas/department's policies and procedures."]
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.