The Employee Occupational Health (EOH) Physician at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) VA is a physician providing direct occupational health care, oversight of clinical operations, program development and implementation, consultative and preventive services, and education for pre-employment candidates, employees, volunteers, and trainees of TVHS. 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. Highly Preferred Requirements: Board certified or board eligible in Occupational Medicine and current Basic Life Support (BLS) certified. 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: The Physical Requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Physician applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested. Position requires walking, bending, stooping, light lifting (under 15 pounds), light carrying (under 15 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, both legs required, walking (2 hours), standing (2 hours), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, both eyes required, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing (aid may be permitted), working alone, working closely with others, and protracted or irregular hours of work. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): MAY be offered to highly qualified individuals. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): This position MAY be 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. The EDRP Coordinators can be reached at VISN9HREDRP@va.gov. 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 DUTIES: The primary focus of the EOH Physician is to ensure clinical practice is maintained regarding the optimum health, prevention of illness and injury, management of select occupational-related health problems, and compliance with all federal, local, and state regulations related to EOH practice. Position may involve travel to other VA sites and CBOCs within Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS). Provider will be responsible for the training, orientation, and clinical oversight of the EOH staff thathe/she supervises, including review of documentation and counter signature for nurse practitioners (s) per VHA and related policies and procedures. The physician will supervise and manage the EOH clinic staff for the designated locations/hubs including such disciplines as nurse practitioner(s), nurses, and program support assistants. The physician will serve as the TVHS Medical Review Officer (MRO). The EOH Physician shall be proficient in care delivery and serve as a system content expert in occupational medicine. Responsibilities encompass a broad range of activities based on Employee and others' needs. He/she functions as the lead manager, coordinator, and point of contact for assigned hubs' occupational health services and Health Promotion Disease Prevention (HPDP) services for employees. He/she is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs/activities based on assessed learning needs of employees to enhance the employees' personal wellbeing and, in turn, improve their effectiveness, productivity and satisfaction. He/she works collaboratively with all levels of staff within the facility, across other VA sites, and in partnership with academic and other affiliates. He/she is responsible for creating and translating policies, collecting, and analyzing appropriate data and communicating outcomes. He/she demonstrates leadership through developing and coordinating programs to improve employee health and safety and organizational processes. Work Schedule: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday"]
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