The Service Chief of Primary Care is responsible for the overall operation of the Primary Care Service, including Women's Health, and Home Tele-Health sections. The Primary Care (PC) Service Line is aligned under 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. Preferred Experience: Supervisory/manager experience Three or more years experience in Internal Medicine U.S. Board Certified in Internal Medicine Understanding of Patient-Centered Medical Home and/or Patient-Aligned Care Team (PACT) model 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: There are no special demands for the office environment. The clinical work environment will require occasional personal protective equipment, cleaning, sterile procedure, and other precautions specified by VALLHCS Infection Control and Risk Management. Works both alone, and closely with others. ["Duties include but are not limited to: As a major site for training of medical students, residents and fellows, the Service Chief of Primary Care should be eligible for and academic appointment by Loma Linda University and will be expected to supervise as well as conduct clinical training. The duties of the Service Chief of Primary Care include, but are not limited to the following: Reviews/performs/provides duties and responsibilities of a primary care physician Demonstrates leadership in interpreting and supporting the VISN mission, vision and values, while operating in accordance with VHA policies, facility and VISN policies, and standards of federal professional and accrediting agencies Adheres to Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules and Regulations as set forth by the medical staff Provides direction and support to Primary Care staff regarding equipment technology, policies and procedures employed by VALLHCS, ensures all requirements of regulatory agencies such as the Joint Commission are met Reviews quality control and quality improvement procedures performed by VA personnel in the Primary Care, Home Tele-health and Women Health Primary care Service Line and makes recommendations for improvements, corrective actions, etc. Participates/reviews and documents performance improvement activities, including, but not limited to, external review programs, internal peer review programs, and accreditation requirements Serves as an active member of various Medical Center Committees Provides accurate, concise, timely documentation of care in the electronic medical record (Computerized Patient Record System -CPRS) on each patient care occurrence Maintains a peer review process for all Primary Care Service Line clinicians Demonstrates knowledge and maintains standards in the use and reprocessing of reusable medical equipment (RME) Assists the Chief of Staff in the tracking, monitoring, reporting, supervision and oversight of physician productivity, service reports, and special requests for reports, and with supervision of clinical and administrative staff Develops and reviews patient satisfaction, practices efficiency, troubleshoots clinical issues, participates in meetings with other services administrative staff, performs needs assessments of clinical areas and team meetings Arranges and provides coverage for provider absences; works with the onsite leadership on issues pertinent to the service Develops provider staffing models; directs the budgetary and fiscal management of the service; coordinates resource requests with the Chief of Staff for submission to top management; tracks workload Develops or directs the development of performance standards, evaluates the performance of key supervisors (Women health, Primary Care, Home Tele-Health Section Chiefs), and reviews the evaluations made by subordinate supervisors or other employees Develops and executes the budget for VA Primary Care Exercises administrative, programmatic, clinical, and academic oversight of Primary Care Service and programs to ensure delivery of quality services Coordinates and integrates clinical and administrative aspects of the programs into a comprehensive package of services to meet the needs of the Veteran population Directs patient care needs assessments; identifies gaps in services and supports program development to meet those needs. Continuously reviews the professional performance of all individuals with clinical privileges Completes all clinical, educational, and administrative duties and requirements Responsible for continuous process improvement both within the Primary Care Service Line as well as across other service lines for seamless care Creates, coordinates, and supervises educational activities as well as conducts clinical training of medical students and residents Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be available to highly qualified candidate\nTelework: May be available on an Ad Hoc basis\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): PCS is AUTHORIZED\nAppraised Value Offer (AVO): Not AUTHORIZED\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm"]
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.