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. Learn more. 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. Additional Requirement: Must be American Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Preferred Experience: Prior expertise in medical education is preferred. 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: Evaluation of physical, cognitive and emotional fitness of candidates for appointment in VA is required prior to appointment. Candidates must be capable of interactions with patients and health care personnel in a caring and professional manner. The candidate must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads, to function effectively under stress, to adapt to changing environments, and to display flexibility. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Salary: Annual salary is pro-rated for part-time hours.\nRecruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Brittney.Kohnke@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPay: 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\nWork Schedule: Part-time, 24 hours per week. Seeking a part-time enthusiastic internist for our Lowell, Community Based Outpatient Clinic located 30 miles north of Boston, MA, where services support Veterans north of Boston and into New Hampshire. This is a larger CBOC offering services to include Mental Health, Optometry, Neurology, Podiatry, Nutrition, and laboratory services. Candidates will provide longitudinal care to a panel of medically complex and diverse patients, as well as be able to precept house staff and medical students. Prior expertise in medical education is preferred. Candidates should also be experienced with population management, evidence-based guidelines, and adult learning principles. Primary Care Physicians manage a complex panel of patients in collaborative teams. Panel sizes are approximately 1250 patients per full-time physician and appointment lengths are 60 minutes for new patients and 30 minutes for all other appointments. Telephone and video care are encouraged. Each physician is assigned a registered nurse, clinical associate, and scheduler. There is No call, no weekend or holiday duty. Physicians provide general and gender-specific care to adult men and women. The physician serves as collaborating physician for nurse practitioner/physician assistants. The VA utilizes a national electronic medical record and is known for delivering high quality, evidence-based care within a culture of continuous improvement. The Primary Care Service at VA Boston Healthcare System is leading the VHA's initiative in the Whole Health System of care including conventional treatment but also focuses on self-empowerment, self-healing, and self-care. Teaching opportunities for both medical students and medical residents in the inpatient/outpatient arenas. Academic accomplishments will be commensurate with academic appointment at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level at Harvard Medical School or Boston University School of Medicine. Notifications: This position is eligible for coverage by a Bargaining Unit, but is not currently represented. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. Incumbent may be required to travel to other VA campuses and CBOC's. This position is in the Excepted Service. Applicant's education, length of practice, will be considered by a compensation panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered. Drug Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with the employment process. Selectee will be required to complete the credentialing process. Permanent appointment in this position is subject to review by the Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) that will review the selected candidates education and experience. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Veterans' preference will apply if eligible. Must be American Board certified in Internal Medicine."]
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.