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. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Note: Certification must be presented prior to entering on duty. Other duties as assigned. Preferences: Board certified or board eligible in a Medical Specialty. 2+ years or more years of administrative/supervisory experience in healthcare. 2+ years or more of experience working in multi-disciplinary teams with privileges at an outpatient clinic or hospital. Possess a broad knowledge and understanding of health care policies, missions, and operating programs, knowledge of healthcare management, and the principles of high reliability organizations. 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: Placement in this position is subject to meeting the physical requirements of this position. Pre-placement medical examination is required: Functional Requirements. Light lifting, under 15 pounds. Light carrying, under 15 pounds. Reaching above shoulder. Use of fingers. Both hands required. Walking (8 hours). Standing (8 hours). Repeated bending (1 hour). Hearing (aid may be permitted). Environmental Factors Working closely with others. Working alone. Protracted or irregular hours of work. ["Shreveport offers you the 'lagniappe', which means a little something extra! Shreveport-Bossier City is situated on the Red River in northwest Louisiana. Commonly known as the 'Ark-La-Tex', the point where Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet. The Shreveport-Bossier City area is home to Barksdale Air Force Base, as well as numerous colleges and universities, theaters, lakes, golf courses, beautiful housing areas, churches, and great schools. With a population of nearly 400,000 in the city's metropolitan region, the area promises much to do while maintaining a reasonable cost of living and an excellent, temperate climate. You'll enjoy a unique combination of two great American heritages: a little Cajun, and since we're less than 15 minutes from the Texas border, a little Lone Star, too. Shreveport-Bossier boasts elegant Southern charm and a relaxed attitude that suggests you kick your boots off and stay a while to enjoy year-round festivals, Vegas-style gaming, great local dining experiences, live music and family attractions. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): EDRP Authorized: Contact Contact Robert A. Knudsen, Robert.Knudsen@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator, for questions/assistance. Learn more. 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 Major Duties/Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to: The Chief, Primary Care Service is responsible for developing a comprehensive Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) program for the medical management and education of patients. The Chief is responsible for the training program for all phases of Primary Care approved for the Medical Center. The Chief plans, implements, directs, and evaluates the activities of the Service, including requirements for staff, budget, equipment, and supplies. The Chief of Primary Care position reports directly to the Chief of Staff. You ensure specialty medical care is provided with quality and timeliness and with high customer satisfaction. You will ensure compliance with standards of accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission and the Inspector General's Combined Assessment Program. you will ensure appropriate use of available resources and is responsible for inspiring, motivating, and guiding Medical Service staff in achieving the strategic goals and plans of the service. You will collaborate with other Service Chiefs and program managers to accomplish goals. Duties may include, but are not limited to: Responsible for the overall clinical management of the Primary Care Service. Responsible for carrying out the goals, objectives, and plans and policies established by the Medical Center Director (MCD) and the Executive Leadership Team. Ensure the service functions as an integrated care delivery system, providing a full continuum of patient-focused care for Veterans. Utilize data to formulate strategic short term and long-range plans for clinical operations. Complete performance appraisals and serve as approving official for the ratings of Section/Department Chiefs. Recruit highly qualified physicians, advanced practice providers, and staff. Ensure staff meet licensing requirements and clinical competencies in their fields. Serves as the approving official for timekeeping and human resources actions within Primary Care Services. Maintain working relationship with academic affiliate and ensure safe learning environment for residents and medical students. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm - Due to the nature of this leadership position, it is expected that working hours could be extended beyond the normal tour of duty."]
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.