Physician- Chief, Diagnostic Service Relocation and Recruitment Incentive
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Clarksburg, West Virginia
Internal Number: 699212200
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. 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. 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: BLS and/or ACLS Certification as determined by policy. Must be Board Certified in Radiology. Preferred Experience: The Chief of the Diagnostic Service will be a fully trained and board-certified radiologist, preferably with additional fellowship training. He/she must be experience and competent in clinical radiology, with a good understanding of how the various subspecialist function and the kinds of services they provide, as well as a talented and seasoned medical administrator, preferably with prior VA work experience. The incumbent is expected to maintain a valid medical license in at least one state, and to maintain all certification required for performance of clinical duties and maintenance of core privileges, including BLS certification. 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 physical demands of the work includes: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; pushing up to 4 hours; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, good dexterity (both hands required); prolonged walking, prolonged standing; repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); speed in working; and emotional stability. Must have the ability to stand and work while wearing a lead apron for possibly long periods of time ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May Be Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Corey.Hickman@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance 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 The Diagnostic Service at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV includes the following services: Imaging, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Audiology and Speech Pathology, and Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Imaging provides Radiology & Nuclear Medicine subspecialty services, inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care to the veterans. The Imaging Service is one of the largest clinical departments with specialty sections including Vascular and Interventional Radiology, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Breast Imaging, Diagnostic Radiology, MRI and PACS. Each of these divisions has its own special procedure and system of workflow, scheduling, quality monitoring and maintenance, and compliance with standards and regulations. The Chief of Diagnostic Service will supervise on-board personnel, evaluate prospective new hires, oversee compliance with all applicable regulations, and assist in addressing patient complaints, assist in credentialing and peer-review issues, and inquiries and investigations from Congress, the White House, VA Central Office, and national investigative bodies. The individual will participate as a member and/or leader of Diagnostic Service and Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center Clarksburg in hospital-wide-committees, responsible for peer review, accreditation, and systems redesign and quality improvement projects, as assigned by the Chief of Staff. The incumbent will carry out administrative duties as assigned in a timely, resourceful, and efficient manner. He or she will demonstrate interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills that enable him/her to establish and maintain professional relationships with other professionals, whether they are peers, or supervisors and leaders, both at Louis A Johnson Medical Center or higher levels. The Chief of Dianostics will also be expected to provide direct patient care in his/her specialty area approximately 25-50% of the time. The responsibilities will include: Evaluating and prioritizing radiology orders. Ordering and evaluating appropriate laboratory studies. Protocolling and approving imaging exams. Timely and accurate reporting of a variety of imaging exams. Notifying providers of critical imaging results. Taking on call responsibilities if needed. The incumbent will enter all patient data, (radiology, reports, request for laboratory studies etc.) into the patient's chart electronically. Documentation of care will be in accordance with the bylaws, policy, and regulations established by the VA and local facility in which the care is provided. All VA reports will be completed on each patient examined to include appropriate CPT codes and diagnosis. Individual will provide care, which will be compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and treatment of disease for our veterans. Work Schedule: Monday Thru Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (or other tour as agreed upon with the Chief of Staff). He or she may be required to take night and evening coverage and weekend call with the remainder of the radiology physicians."]
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.