The Chief, Primary Care is a Physician that is board certified or board eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. The Chief, Primary Care is responsible and accountable for the overall service leadership, policy planning, budget, operations and performance of the service line at all sites to include Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) and Healthcare Centers to achieve quality healthcare and outcomes Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Preferred Experience: Board-Certified Physician in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. 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: Physical Requirements: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability ["The Chief Primary Care duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: The incumbent coordinates the provision of evidence-based outpatient patient-centered care to our Veterans at the parent and three community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). The Chief-PC serves to provide the oversight necessary to ensure the highest, best and most efficient use of available resources to run a high performing outpatient service using a myriad of skills in applying patient flow technology and protocols, superior communication with clinical teams, and identifying and mitigating barriers and bottlenecks. Support the academic mission and oversee training and research opportunities. . Have outstanding professional ability in the practice of medicine or family medicine and the ability to guide the development and implementation of programs such as medical practice, professional standards, personnel issues, quality, and performance improvement will be key to your success, along with a history of working and leading in an academic setting. Demonstrates sound interpersonal skills, decision making, teamwork and solid leadership. In addition, the incumbent provides oversight of the Medicine Residents, Medical Students and Fellows. The ideal candidate collaborates, guides, and supports physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) assigned to Primary Care. Major Duties: Oversee all aspects of the service including budget and fiscal management, human resource management, strategic planning, and program development, assuring that the clinical and administrative functions are integrated in order to provide optimum utilization of the available resources. Ensure appropriate use of available resources and be responsible for inspiring, motivating, and guiding staff in achieving the strategic goals and plans of the service. Collaborate with other service chiefs and program managers. Performs clinical duties on a regular basis within delineated approved privileges. Participates actively in delivering in-service training for medical center disciplines and services; in teaching of medical school residents and medical students; and in supporting an environment that promotes academic excellence and encourages continual learning. Directs the continuous measurement and improvement of the quality of care provided by the service. Responsible for financial and human resource management. Develops the annual strategic and budget plan consistent with guidance and goals from the Directors Office and/or Financial Management Service. Plans initiatives and develops programs in collaboration with other services to ensure coordination of service, reduction of redundancies, and enhancement of cost effectiveness. Promotes clinical and operational efficiencies to enhance programs and services, e.g. reduction in length of stay and reduction in appointment wait times. The Chief, Primary Care plans, implements and drive process changes that improve SAIL metrics. Participates in and attends medical center committees and leads Project Workgroups. Demonstrates commitment to high quality customer service, including specific measures identified as performance goals by the Medical Center. The ideal candidate should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, executive leadership, colleagues and other members of the health care team. The incumbent is expected to adhere to stated policies and provide timely documentation of clinical notes (e.g. H&P, consult review, medication reconciliation, etc). Performs other administrative and clinical duties as assigned. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): A Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentive with a service agreement may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Candidate\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 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\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: 08:00am-4:30pm - Monday-Fridays; may be required to work occasional weekends or holidays"]
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.