The Alexandria VA Medical Center is seeking a Full Time (Section Chief - Dentist) Position. This is an open-continuous announcement and will remain open until September 30, 2023, or until the position is filled (if a selection is made and offer accepted, announcement will be closed). Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official every two weeks from the opening date of the announcement. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Dentist Basic Requirements A degree of doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine resulting from a course of education in dentistry. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are (1) United States and Canadian schools of dentistry listed by the Commission on Dental Accreditation(CODA), in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed.(2) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia as qualifying for full and unrestricted licensure provided the licensure requirements include a written examination measuring science achievement and a performance examination measuring clinical competence certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. ~AND~ Completed, or you are currently completing, a residency program in general practice or specialty, or comparable experience as a dentist actively involved in treating medically compromised patients. ~AND~ Currently hold, or will hold, a current, full and unrestricted license to practice dentistry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Note: Dentists must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Additional Requirement: ~ 3 years' experience as a Dentist 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: Moderate Lifting 15-44 pounds, light Lifting under 15 pounds, moderate carrying 15-44 pounds, light carrying under 15 pounds, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking for 8 hours, standing for 8 hours, repeated bending for 8 hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid may be permitted). Environmental Factors: Excessive noise intermittent, dust, silica, asbestos, fumes, smoke, gases. ["The Alexandria VA Health Care System is located in Alexandria/Pineville, Louisiana the 'Heart of Louisiana'. Alexandria is quickly emerging as one of the nation's best places to start a business, raise a family, and explore the great outdoors. It is a national leader in new and expanded business development and was recently named one of the twenty best cities in the country to find a job. National Geographic Traveler ranks Alexandria as one of America's top ten \"wilderness towns\" because of its incredible access to the one of the country's most beautiful and expansive national forests. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): 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. Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Patricia Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Duties ~ Ensures dental care is delivered in accordance with hospital policy, meetings or exceeding community standards and VHA national benchmarks. ~ Will have primary reasonability for supervising other dentists and professional staff in the Service, and to ensure that they are performing to the highest standards of clinical care excellence, time efficiency, professional and ethical behavior. ~ Assures that dental care of patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings are smooth, patient centric and safe. This includes but is not limited to, collaboration and good communication with the Emergency Department, Subspeciality Servies, Clincs in all areas of the medical center and Veterans' Service Center. ~ Supervises all operational aspects of the Dental Service, including establishment of the highest clinical care standards, operations, and quality: as well as daily functioning of the Dental suite in order to maintain efficient and cost-effective provision of services while maintaining a high standard of patientcare. ~ Develops strong, collegial working relationships with other leaders within the medical center (both clinical and administrative), and with other service Chiefs/Section heads. ~ Working with these individuals, you will develop a vision and strategic plan for the Dental Service. ~ Oversees the development and implementation of systems redesigns projects, quality improvements and assurance programs of inpatient services. ~ Champion initiatives designed to improve overall qualify through the use of 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 Staff. ~ Involved as a leader in the organization's continued accreditation readiness activities. ~ Fosters a culture of transparency, communication, collegiality and patient centered interdisciplinary teamwork. ~ Will use astute business acumen to optimally utilize resources and adapt to changes, exercising leadership and flexibility. ~ Expected to maintain current medical knowledge and technical skills and provides both leadership and documentation that all dentists with the service are competent with respect to current privileging with the Dental Service. Expected to Maintain excellent diagnostic, judgmental, and therapeutic acumen in the care of veterans receiving anesthesiology interventions. ~ Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm or 7:15am - 5:30pm Compressed may be discussed for Highly Qualified Candidates."]
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.