Physician - Geriatric Fellowship Program Director - with EDRP incentive
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Temple, Texas
Internal Number: 672518300
In collaboration with the Texas A&M University School of Medicine, the Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) physician will serve as Fellowship Program Director and work to develop and lead a geriatrics fellowship program within the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS). This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). This vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis or at the request of management. 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. Education: Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Licensure and Registration: 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: Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR 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. Board Certification: Physicians are generally not required to be board certified for employment in VA; however, three circumstances in VA require physician board certification: If the position being filled is required to be a supervisor for medical students or physician residents (including fellows), the LCME, ACGME or AOA standards requiring a particular board certification credential will apply. If the position being filled will have faculty status with an affiliated medical school (for example, in joint recruitments with affiliated medical schools), then a medical school requirement for board certification will apply to the jointly recruited position. If the position being filled is required to be board certified by virtue of specific VHA policy (for example, as director of a cardiac catheterization laboratory or Director of Clinical Laboratory Medicine), then VHA policy requiring board certification will apply.] Physical Requirements: See outlined below. English Language Proficiency. Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7402(d) and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: Board Certified/Board Eligible in Geriatrics Candidates with specialized experience in Geriatrics, Long-Term Care and Academic Appointments Experience with Geriatric Fellowship Program Development, experience in research and publications. 5 year post graduate experience working with Geriatric population 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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (6hrs); Standing (6hrs); Repeated bending (2-4hrs); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental/ Emotional Stability; Ability to perform privileges Independently perform physical exam; Cognitive Stability ["The GEC Physician serves as geriatrics fellowship program director. As such, the incumbent is responsible for: Designing and conducting the program in a fashion consistent with the needs of the community, the missions of CTVHCS and the Texas A&M School of Medicine, and the mission of the program. Administering and maintaining a learning environment conducive to the education and professional growth of fellows in each of the ACGME Competency domains. Developing and overseeing a process to evaluate faculty and faculty candidates. Developing and overseeing a process to evaluate fellows and fellowship candidates. Continuously evaluating and improving program curriculum, evaluation tools and methods, and educational processes. The GEC Physician will hold a faculty appointment at Texas A&M University. The Physician will lead and participate in the educational activities of medical fellows in Geriatrics. In addition, the provider is expected to participate in the educational activities of trainees from multiple disciplines. Clinical duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:\nThe physician is assigned both outpatient and inpatient attending responsibilities in various care settings across CTVHCS. The physician is responsible for providing an admission H&P, assessment, diagnosis & management plan, referrals as deemed necessary, inpatient or outpatient consultations, supervision of geriatric fellows and rotating medical trainees, evaluating referrals for inpatient admission or consultation, leading and participation in family conferences and being an active member of the interdisciplinary team.\nThe Physician also participates in and directs activities pertaining to quality improvement, strategic planning, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and The Joint Commission accreditation processes. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized, see details in 'Education section'\nPay: 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 Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 08:00am-16:30pm, may be on call every 2-3 months"]
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.