The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Physician, at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS) is responsible for all clinical, administrative, educational and research aspects of the Primary Care operations at the assigned Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized to highly qualified candidates. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. 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. 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 in a Clinical Specialty (Internal Medicine or Family Medicine) Experience ensuring adherence to performance measures and compliance with VA standards Experience in a leadership/supervisory role Knowledge of VA computer software/programs Experience as a Primary Care provider, preferably in VA Setting 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: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (6hrs); Standing (6hrs); Both legs required; 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 performs physical exam as appropriate to position; ["The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has overall responsibility for planning, evaluation and management of PACT (Patient-Aligned Care Teams) and Primary Care Provider operations within the assigned Community Based Outpatient Clinic in order to ensure fidelity to the PACT model, facilitate an environment characterized by collaboration and effective care coordination for care delivered by the program and overall delivery of health care within the facility.\nAt the CBOC level, the CMO is responsible for planning, establishing, and implementing policies and procedures, developing individual or group goals and objectives as well as monitoring, operating, evaluating, coordinating and overseeing PACT operations for the VATVCBHCS. The CMO ensures that assigned Physicians are aware of and adhere to all local policies and procedures, VHA Directives, Joint Commission standards, State licensure standards, and VA-OIG expectations and conducts ongoing intensive reviews and appraisals to ensure the accomplishment of objectives and adherence to standards set by governing and accreditation bodies. They advise leadership on policy implications, key issues, and relationships to both internal and external interest groups, and recommend courses of action. They maintain interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals. The CMO coordinates and negotiates resolutions to complex problems, may prepare special reports and responses, Congressional responses, briefing papers, issue briefs, and decision papers for the medical center leadership, which may be highly sensitive, confidential, and of a complex nature as requested. he CMO also provides direct clinical services for a portion of his/her time at Chief of Staff Discretion between 30-60% depending on the number of panels and size of CBOC. In addition to the aforementioned, the CMO functions as a subject matter expert and leader within the health care system in issues that relate to the PACT operations. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer 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\nRecruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Not available Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm"]
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