Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay) Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not Authorized The Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) Center at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital is seeking a full-time Primary Care Physician to direct and lead the Home Care team consisting primarily of Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, and Pharmacy. 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: Board Certification in Internal Medicine, Neurology or Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is the minimum requirement. Additional Board Certification or Eligibility in Spinal Cord Medicine is an advantage. Preferred Experience: The individual should have experience in assessment and management of usual medical conditions and complications in individuals with spinal cord injury/disorders including multiple sclerosis in an inpatient and outpatient setting. Experience in the evaluation and a functional assessment of SCI/D individuals is an advantage though not a requirement. The physician may be required to be the collaborating physician with a nurse practitioner in the performance of wound assessments and therapies in the outpatient setting. A familiarity with basic computer skills, especially CPRS is preferred. Qualifications of research interest or publications, and prior faculty position are not required, but preferred. Physical Requirements: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. Requires carrying or lifting of objects weighing up to 25 lbs., but occasionally may require work that involves pushing or lifting in excess of 25 lbs. and going up and down flights of stairs. 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. ["Patients may be part of those in the Hines catchment area as well as those within a 99 mile radius of Hines. The incumbent will also be required to provide PACT outpatient care and periodic inpatient coverage for Veterans served at the SCI/D Center. The incumbent will participate in the night/weekend on-call schedule rotation for acute SCI/D inpatient wards. Care for those patients admitted for acute medical emergencies to the medical care wards by consultation and recommendations to their attending physicians are required. The incumbent exercises considerable clinical expert opinion and judgment in accomplishing responsibilities. Population served: Adult/geriatric Veterans and active duty personnel > 18 years of age with spinal cord injuries or disorders such as multiple sclerosis in the outpatient setting and as needed in the inpatient setting. A smaller number of women are served as well. Functions:\nThe SCI/D Home Care (HC) Physician, who may or may not be the SCI/D Home Care Medical Director, in collaboration with the HC team, is responsible for: Assuming overall medical responsibility for assigned HC patients. Provides direct patient care to eligible Veterans with a spinal cord injury or disorder. Provides coordinating care with the SCI Home Care Nurse for outpatient care of the eligible veteran with SCI/D, living in the community. Provides expert medical opinions and recommendations to ambulatory care physicians, hospitalists, or other non-SCI trained sub specialists on the appropriate diagnostic and management options for eligible veterans in the Hines Spinal Cord Injury System of Care. Determining the need for consultation from medical, surgical, or psychiatric or other subspecialty clinics. Determining the need for, and facilitating admission to the hospital and other transitions of care. Visiting the HC patients at home for medical evaluation and treatment when clinically indicated. Providing medical administrative support such as completing physician required orders and forms for the HC patients. Assuming a leadership role in the development and implementation of Home Based Primary Care's (HBPC) process for continuous performance improvement. Collaborate with the Hines HBPC Director and SCI/D Social Work HC Coordinator regarding programmatic updates and best practices for SCI/D HC patient needs. Participate in the development of the individual plan of care at interdisciplinary care meetings for primary care provider assigned panel of patients. Other duties as assigned Administrative Oversight\nProvides collaborating advice and oversight to the SCI-HC Team and SCI Nurse Practitioner (s) providing care in outpatient clinics of Hines SCI/D Service. Other (specific procedures for specialty area): Perform wound assessments and wound care in collaboration with wound nurses\nASIA assessment and scoring\nAutonomic Dysreflexia (AD treatment and management)\nBowel and Bladder Programs Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30pm; rotate on-call night schedule evenings, weekends, and holidays VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: 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.