This position is the Assistant Chief of Radiology Service (ACORS) (MD or DO) with both clinical and administrative roles. As a leader of Radiology Service (ACORS), the ACORS shares responsibility for the overall operation of the radiology service with the Chief of Radiology Service and works under the direction of the Chief of Radiology Service. 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. 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: In accordance with VA Handbook 5019 ["This vacancy will remain open until filled. Duties may include but are not limited to: Share the responsibility for the overall management of the Radiology Service. This includes the organization of the administrative day-to day activities of Radiology. Assume responsibility for carrying out the goals, objectives, and plans and policies established by the Medical Center Director (MCD). Ensure the service functions as an integrated care delivery system, providing a full continuum of patient-focused radiology services for Veterans. Formulate and implement general policies, procedures, standards, and goals and objectives for the Radiology Service that are consistent with, and supportive of, the mission of the LVAHCS and VISN 9. Coordinate and integrate the interdepartmental functioning of Radiology Service. This includes chairing relevant meetings. Complete performance appraisal and serve as approving official for the ratings of the Radiology practitioners as delegated by the Chief of Radiology Service Ensure, with the assistance of discipline specific-subject matter experts, and the MEC, that all Radiology Service staff meet or exceed licensing requirements and clinical competencies in their fields. VISN liaison for radiology service issues, meetings, collaborative, and other activities as delegated by the Chief of Radiology Service. Assess, consult, and treat patients with radiology needs requiring opinion or intervention, in the outpatient and inpatient settings. The ACORS is responsible for diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients in both settings, as appropriate for care of those patients. In some instances, the ACORS will assess, diagnose, and make recommendations to other specialty services regarding management and follow-up of the patient. It is the responsibility of the specialty provider to review and implement the ACORS's recommendations based on the radiology or specialty provider's clinical judgment. Interpretation of the testing and other specialty imaging to establish diagnosis and assist in management of radiology conditions. Assess the individual patient for appropriateness of procedures by evaluating the risks and benefits related to the patient's condition. Responsible for performing any radiology procedures covered under their credentials. Responsible for identification of radiology managed abnormalities to include, but not be limited to: core privileges contained in the credentials files. Makes clinical recommendations to specialty providers for follow up and management. Act as the consultant for patients referred to him/her for input regarding radiology medical opinion or intervention. The ACORS will keep abreast of the recent advances in the delivery of radiology care techniques and technological innovations as they become available. The CORS will apply these techniques and innovations within the framework of the Veterans Administration's guidelines, directives, goals and mission. The ACORS is to follow standards of clinical competence and conduct; to also maintain standards through compliance with credentialing and privileging, clinical practice and performance, and comply with other quality improvement activities. Provide quality clinical care and services with regard to customer satisfaction, compliance with Joint Commission regulations and other relevant accrediting agencies as indicated and ensure efficiency of service delivery. Achieve Performance Improvement/QM programs in his/her practice. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Approved 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 (8:00am - 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.