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. 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. Additional Requirement: Preferred Experience: 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 incumbent must be fully qualified to diagnose, treat, stabilize, and manage patients according to standard, usual, and acceptable methods, and techniques. He/she must complete and maintain both BLS and ACLS certification, with courses approved by the American Heart Association only. The incumbent will be required to maintain a weekday tour with assigned call sufficient to cover the needs of the Service as determined by the Chief, Medical Service, and the Chief of Staff. Required call coverage may include the incumbent's participation in the Third (3rd) Call Attending rotation. In addition to required coverage assignments, the incumbent will establish and maintain professional relationships clinic staff to include nursing employees assigned to their unit; other providers within Medical Service and with other services and facility management which result in improved patient care. Duties Provides patient care to Veterans in the area of Pain Management in the form of consultative care. Incumbent provides medical diagnostic evaluation and initial assessment of patients which include but are not limited to completing a focused history, performing necessary physical examinations; as well as ordering, interpreting and integrating the results of pertinent laboratory investigations. Incumbent is responsible for ensuring adequate access to care is available for both newly consulted as well as returning patients via care provided in outpatient Pain Management clinics. The physician will provide a mix of both consultative and follow-up patient care as warranted by Veteran demand. Participates in the inpatient Pain Management consult service as assigned. The practitioner will provide both emergency consultative services and call coverage on a rotating schedule to be determined by the Section Chief, Pain Management. Provides evaluation and medical management of chronic pain conditions on an outpatient basis. Development and implementation of a treatment plan to include opioid and non-opioid pain management, appropriate testing, and non-invasive pain modalities. Incumbent provides interventional pain management procedures on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, including, but not limited to, the following. Cervical, thoracic or lumbar epidural steroid Injections Cervical or Lumbar facet/nerve block/ median branch blocks Sacroiliac joint injections Pulsed Radiofrequency Lumbar or thoracic para-vertebral sympathetic blocks Trigger point injections and piriformis injections Stellate ganglion blocks Occipital nerve blocks Botox? injections Trigeminal nerve blocks Illioinguinal or genitofemoral nerve blocks Spinal Cord Stimulator implantation, follow-up, and maintenance Both prepares for and presents lectures for student and resident didactic teaching, as needed. Both prepares for and presents lectures for student and resident didactic teaching, as needed. Prepares and presents at least one (1) Grand Rounds lecture yearly (rotating schedule). Demonstrate sound decision-making skills, both clinical and administrative, which bring credit to the profession and serve to enhance the distinctive and contributory role of physicians. Facilitate delivery of appropriate patient care in collaboration with other health professionals, medical center staff, and management. Engage in discussions of treatment plans with patients, family members, or other involved parties as appropriate, maintaining COBRA and HIPAA guidelines. Participates as a peer reviewer and/or conducts medico legal reviews when requested. Participates in rotation as the third call attending, as required. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Not Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Nicholas Camilletti at Nicholas.Camilletti@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 Work Schedule: 7:45am to 4:30pm"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.