The Hospitalist is a staff physician responsible for maintaining professional, technical and administrative knowledge, competencies and skills to provide effective, timely and quality responses to patients who present themselves with acute or emergent health care problems during weekends, holidays, evenings and nights (WHEN), specifically. The incumbent is responsible for overall clinical leadership during on WHEN duty hours and ensures the quality of medical and mental health services provided, the education and training of professional staff, and the safety and ethical conduct of medical research conducted on patients assigned under purview. A comprehensive skill set of clinical and administrative expertise is required to meet the needs of widespread rural health patient populations. The incumbent must demonstrate knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers. The incumbent may be required to collaborate with one or more advance practice nurses or physicians assistants. The incumbent is a physician and serves as the primary point of accountability in the service and maximizes the efficient use of available resources. The physician maintains high clinical standards that are carried into decision-making processes and maintain BLS certification. All physicians comply with credentialing and privileging and required monitoring and evaluation criteria. The physicians comply with current standards for medical record documentation. The incumbent will provide medical coverage for the entire VA medical facility.
Duties include: The incumbent will provide professional patient care approximately 50% of the time and administrative duties 50% of the time. The duties and responsibilities of the hospitalist physician include but are not limited to the following:
* Functioning as facility's medical officer for weekends, holidays, evenings or nights (WHEN).
*Providing admission and discharge management for inpatient units outside of regular administrative hours.
*Working with clinical staff, supervisors, managers and team leaders in the facility to achieve and maintain high standards of performance.
* Obtaining certification to perform administrative reviews to complete Compensation & Pension (C&P) Disability Benefits Questionnaires through record review.
* Participating in the development of long and short-term goals for the continued improvement of medical services throughout the organization.
* Functioning as advisor to the Chief of Staff, Associate Director, Associate Director for Nursing and Patient Care Services, and Facility Director on issues related to the provision of direct patient care during WHEN duty hours.
* Functioning as a collaborating provider for Advance Practice Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, as needed.
* Participating on Medical Center committees, workgroups and systems redesign projects, as needed.
* Contributing to the development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of services to patients during WHEN hours.
* Facilitating compliance with standards established by oversight and regulatory entities such as Joint Commission, CARF, OSHA, CAP, OIG, etc.
*Providing coverage as Employee Health Physician during WHEN hours.
* Ensuring timely completion of all program evaluations and documents associated with clinical care reviews and medical advisory opinions by the Medical Center, VISN, and/or VACO.
*Ensuring that Reusable Medical Equipment systematic processes are utilized.
*Complying with the Green Environmental Management System goals. The incumbent is responsible for the completion of the environmental aspect/impact analysis in collaboration with the GEMS Coordinator, for effective implementation of the operational strategies developed through the GEMS program to ensure regulatory compliance, and for improving environmental performance within her/her service. Also the incumbent shall consider environmentally preferable and recycled products in all purchasing decisions.
*Complying with Cultural Transformation & Patient Centered Care goals. The incumbent will reinforce perception of excellent care through cultural transformation and patient centered cultural improvement projects. The incumbent will indirectly and directly provide efforts to support a cultural change and patient centered culture at TVAMC.
Degree of doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, or an equivalent degree.
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.
Must have completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
Proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C 7402(d) and 7407(d).
Must meet physical standards of the position described in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. A pre-employment physical examination may be required.
This is a drug testing designated position. Employees in drug testing designated positions will be subject to random drug testing.
Preferred Experience: Board certification (examples include: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine).
Physical Requirements: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ( http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm ). Functional requirements include moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); moderate carrying (15-44 lbs); walking and standing and standing for 2 to 4 hours; Both legs required; Both eyes required Ability to distinguish basic colors; Aability to distinguish shades of color; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; (hearing aid permitted).
English Language Proficiency: Physician 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).
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
References : VA Handbook 5005/, Part II, Appendix G2, Physician Qualification Standard, dated April 2002; VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services
Conditions of Employment:
Applicants must be citizens of the United States
New appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law
Newly employed federal employees may be subject to a two year probationary period.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required, if applicable). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
6. If currently employed in a federal agency, please include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action showing title, series, salary and grade.(required, if applicable).