Physician (Hospitalist)

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Summary The hospitalist position involves direct patient care for patients admitted to the hospital directly to the medicine service. The hospitalist also serves as the Medical Officer of the Day (MOD) during non-administrative day tours. Qualifications 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 Preferred Experience: Preferred Experience: Board Certified preferred; Board Eligible considered 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: This position requires a pre-employment physical Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously Near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far visions correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors Hearing aid is permitted. Duties “Duties include, but are not limited to: Admit and manage inpatients with general adult medical illnesses. This includes performing histories and physical examinations, rounding on patients, writing progress notes, discharge planning and timely completion of discharge summaries. Work closely with specialists and primary care physicians to ensure that inpatients receive continuous high-quality care. Demonstrate interest in engaging in ongoing process improvement with respect to measures of quality care, patient safety, patient satisfaction, patient and family education, utilization management, cost control. Take an active role in optimizing the efficiency and effectiveness of the inpatient care process from admission through discharge. Perform inter-professional rounds on assigned medical awards, managing, and participating in the patients’ care. Participate in quality management/assurance and chart review activities. Participate in and at times lead, clinical and education administrative committees, task groups, or special projects. Serve on Medical Staff committees. Experience with routine Hospitalist procedures preferred. Provide triage services for coordination of admission of patients currently in an ambulatory setting including the emergency room and/or clinic. Discuss all medical admissions with emergency room, ICU, and clinic physicians to ensure clinical appropriateness of admission to general medical floors. Discuss with external attending providers, the possible transfer of appropriate Veterans from outlying hospitals/Emergency Departments. Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PMV A 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 Contract Buy Out Program: This position may be eligible for the Physician / Provider Contract Buy Out Program (CBOP), which authorizes VHA to buy out service contracts (Locum agreements, loan repayments, sign-on bonus contracts, Physician-owned practices) in exchange for employment at certain rural or highly rural facilities for a period of obligated service (minimum 4 years). For additional information and eligibility requirements, contact the VHA Contract Buy Out Program Manager at”

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