Physician (Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Internal Number: 684685500
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. 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: VA Handbook 5019/1, Part II, Pre-Placement Physical Examination and Evaluation ["Duties are but not limited to: Planning, developing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating large, integrated Mental Health programs across the Phoenix VA Health Care Service (PVAHCS). Performing wider-range and higher-level management functions for PVAHCS and VISN 22 through participation in planning and oversight boards, councils, and committees; Developing and maintaining continuing programs in the areas of professional peer review, organizational improvement, continuing education, scope of practice, clinical privileging and other quality improvement activities; Providing direct health care to clients within the incumbent's area of expertise, on a limited basis. Directs all activities to include budget and fiscal management, human resource management, strategic planning, clinical end administrative program development, management and evaluation of services and programs. Develops short-term and long-term goals and programs required to meet stated objectives and directs the planning and operations of the MH Service. Formulates service and facility policies and operating procedures, ensuring compliance with VA regulations, statutes and the standards. Coordinates and expands use of all pertinent resources available for patient care, develops extensive community relationships/partnerships. Maintains close liaison with senior management staff, service chiefs, and others. Conducts and directs special studies and analyses of complex problems relating to manpower requirements, space, equipment utilization, organization alignment, and other areas of concern to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), Clinical Executive Board (CEB), Administrative Executive Board (AEB), and others. Provides program direction and guidance to subordinate staff, effectively delegates authority and responsibility to subordinates necessary to carry out assigned tasks. Develops and implements internal service line programs addressing diversity in the workplace, labor-management relations, position management, staff promotion and recognition and performance management. Establishes service line operational methodologies based on acknowledged \"Best Practice\" models and uses process improvement activity to develop \"Best Practices\". Must have extensive knowledge and leadership experience in mental health care programs to efficiently and effectively carry out the varied management aspects of the position. Must be able to maintain effective measures of staff competency and performance improvement, in accordance with the medical center's established performance improvement program. Responsible collaboratively working with the Assistant Chief of Staff to establish budgetary priorities, including control points and contracts, and evaluation of services being sent to the community and associated costs. Ensures that all treatment provided complies with applicable accreditation and regulatory standards of internal and external agencies to include, but not limited to, Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, Office of Inspector General, and others, as appropriate. Evaluates the need for new programs and program revision based on evolving service delivery strategies and program analyses. Works with key professional and administrative personnel in federal, state, and local governments, VA and other federal agencies. Initiates and participates in sharing agreements, Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs), contracts and others, relative to MH with groups or institutions outside of the VA. Establishes and maintains good public relations with medical center staff, patients, the general public, service and community organizations, local medical facilities, educational institutions, VA officials and Congressional liaisons. May work closely with affiliated institutions in providing interns, trainees, residents, medical students, faculty members and others, who serve as consultants and attendings, with staff support. Work Schedule: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Eligible Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Eligible"]
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.