Physician - Deputy Chief of Staff - Recruitment/Relocation Incentive
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Harlingen, Texas
Internal Number: 694886600
The Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS), is responsible for all clinical, administrative, and research aspects of several major clinical service lines. The DCOS is also responsible for meeting VA goals and initiatives across the health care system and in cooperation with other health care systems within the Veterans Integrated Service Network 17 (VISN), which facilitate the provision of high quality and timely Veteran health care. 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. English Language Proficiency: Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Five or more years of administrative/supervisory experience in Healthcare Five or more years of experience working in multi-disciplinary teams, with privileges at an outpatient clinic or hospital. Experience applying and understanding of healthcare policies, missions, and operating programs, knowledge of healthcare management, and the principles of high reliability organizations. Experience utilizing computer software programs 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: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Walking (0.5 hours); Standing (0.5 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Operation of a motor vehicle. ["This position is also announced as a Podiatrist: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/694886400 This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT & will remain open until February 13, 2023, or until all positions are filled. The first cut-off date is December 29, 2022. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Applicants remain active for 3 months after initial application is received. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period. Across the assigned service lines, the DCOS is responsible for planning, establishing, and implementing policies and procedures; developing service level and health care system level goals and objectives in keeping with the VATVCBHCS mission as well as monitoring, overseeing, evaluating, and coordinating the assigned service lines across VATVCBHCS. The DCOS ensures all Service Chiefs and Associate Chiefs of Staff under his/her purview are aware of and adhere to all local policies and procedures, VHA Directives, Joint Commission standards, State licensure standards, CARF accreditation requirements, published Administrative Investigative Board (AIB) findings, as well as expectations and published findings of the VA Office of the Inspector General (VA-OIG). He/She conducts ongoing intensive reviews and appraisals to ensure the accomplishment of objectives and adherence to standards set by governing and accreditation bodies. The DCOS provides direct clinical services for a minority of his/her time within his/her specialty. In addition, the DCOS functions as a subject matter expert and leader within the health care system on issues that relate to the discipline and practice of the specialty area of the DCOS. Maintains administrative responsibility for coordinating medical care across services within the organization and assigning a competent surrogate for performance of such duties as appropriate to clinical competence and scope of practice; Maintains administrative responsibility for coordinating emergency treatment and transfer of care for patients between VA facilities or VATVCBHCS and private care facilities and for assigning a competent surrogate to direct these procedures or for performance of such duties as appropriate to clinical competence and scope of practice; Provides oversight and leadership to coordination of services between VATVCBHCS and other partnering VHA or DoD sites of care; Observes employee performance and conducts work performance critiques in accordance with performance expectations, which included FPPEs and OPPEs; Completes pay panels in a timely manner; Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance formally; Exercises supervisory authorities and responsibilities involving work assignment; Reviews the administrative and personnel management functions relative to the staff supervised; Provides work related advice and counsel to employees with purposes of further developing careers of subordinates as deemed appropriate by incumbent and in line with employees' clinical disciplines and practice areas. Participates in the assignment of Veterans to VA treatment teams and programs, including by consulting with relevant program clinical staff in planning treatment for Veterans with co-morbidities. Assists the Veteran in achieving stabilization and recovery by consulting and intervening when problems arise with service providers and assists in priority management/pace of services/integration of Veteran in program with Veteran and program staff by participating in treatment team meetings. Diagnoses medical disorders and conducts or orders labs, and other assessments as needed to determine appropriate treatment referrals within the incumbent's specialty area and scope of practice. Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be available for highly qualified candidate 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"]
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.