This position is located at the Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center (Albany, NY), a Dean's Committee VA. The Pain Management Program Director provides administrative and programmatic leadership for the Pain Management Program. Responsibilities include overall administrative oversight including quality assurance for the Pain Management Program, to include its impact on the research within the Medical Center. The individual will also participate in clinical care within his or her specialty. 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), 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: Must be board certified/or board certification-eligible by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine or Radiology with sub-specialty board certification in Pain Medicine. 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 selected candidate should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (up to 4 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), bending and reaching. ["Albany, NY is centrally located in the Historic New York Capital district, providing the best of all four seasons. Whether you are interested in the Cultural highlights of the Albany Urban Center, fall or winter excursions to the Adirondacks/Berkshire/Catskill/Helderberg mountains, enjoy weekend trips to New York City, Boston, Montreal, or the Finger Lakes Region/Wine country, or are drawn by Albany Stratton's academic and research opportunities, you can join a great team in Albany! The Pain Management Program Director is administratively responsible to the Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and clinically responsible to the service Chief of their specialty, including but not limited to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Radiology. The incumbent must be board certified in their specialty and the appropriate subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine through the American Board Medical Specialties. The position requires the pain medicine physician to provide direction, oversight, and leadership to the Comprehensive Pain Care Division of the Pain Management, Opioid Safety, and PDMP program office (PMOP). The incumbent will assist in clinical, educational, research, and administrative aspects of clinical care to the field. In addition, the position requires working knowledge of interventional pain management techniques, acute pain care, and chronic pain care. Further, the incumbent directs, plans, assists, and collaborates with all members of the PMOP program office to ensure appropriate and safe pain care for service members and veterans cared for at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Duties include but are not limited to: Functions independently as a member of the Medical Staff with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for clinical assessments, patient-care decisions and documentation. Provides supervision of all aspects of the comprehensive multidisciplinary Pain Management program and staff. Complies with local and national performance standards for Pain Management Administers the facility's Pain Management programs, including operating workgroups and subcommittees. This encompasses expansion and submission of research proposals, accreditation maintenance, and resource and financial management of approved Pain Management funds and non-VA monies. Ensures that all programs within the clinical services are in compliance Pain Management policies with the applicable JCAHO, NCQA, AALAC, FDA, ORO and other accreditation standards. Collaborates with Quality Management on quality assurance and performance improvement activities for all programs with the Service Line. Serves as the Medical Center's liaison to headquarters' Office of Pain Management to include submission of proposals, reports and correspondence pertinent to the Pain Management programs function and serving on special task forces or as contract supervisor when assigned. Integrates the work of the Pain Management Program with other services in an atmosphere conducive to the delivery of quality and efficient health care. Qualifies for and maintains a faculty appointment at Albany Medical College. Other duties as assigned. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. 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: Monday - Friday; 8am - 4:30pm"]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.