The West Texas VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Primary Care Physician located at the Wilson & Young Medal of Honor VA in Odessa, Texas. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized to highly qualified candidates. Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized for eligible 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. 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. Education: 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. 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: (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. 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/Board Eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine Completion of three-year residency program 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, Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (2-4hrs); Standing (2-4hrs); Repeated bending (1-3hrs); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted). ["The successful candidate will have a high level of medical knowledge and possesses all the qualities for providing comprehensive and compassionate care for \"those who served\". The physician will provide primary care and women's health services in the outpatient clinic for a panel of adult and geriatric veterans who have a wide spectrum of diagnoses. Duties include history taking, physical examination, ordering laboratories and diagnostic studies, diagnosis, and formulation of treatment plans for acute and chronic conditions within the scope of Medicine practice. This provider (MD or DO) is the leader of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) (Physician, RN, LPN, and clerical associate) which provides direct care for Veterans enrolled in Primary Care at the Wilson & Young Medal of Honor VA in Odessa, Texas. Providing clinical examination, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic diseases, preventive care, and coordination of care for a panel of primary care patients. Appropriate documentation of patient care in clinical records is expected. The physician refers to specialists when additional input and treatment outside of the scope of the physician's experience and training is required. Exercising medical decision-making and providing a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Responsible for monitoring PACT team performance to assess adherence to VA standards, assure quality and effectiveness of care, and meet VA performance measures. Provide telemedicine service via Clinical Video teleconferencing, as needed. Leading the team in assisting the patient advocate and administration in resolving patient concerns and inquiries. Must have excellent communication skills and relations with staff and community and is able to elicit cooperation from others. The primary care physician serves as a member of a larger multidisciplinary treatment team which includes social work, pharmacy, mental health, nutrition, and on occasion, other services. Outstanding customer service is expected. BLS/CPR is required. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in mandatory educational reviews, educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops. Participates in utilization review for quality of service Performing other duties as assigned. This physician reports to the local Chief Medical Officer or Associate Chief of staff for Ambulatory care, who in turn is under the direct supervision of the Chief of Staff. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)\nVA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.\nRecruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized for highly qualified candidiates\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized, see detials in \"Education Section\"\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\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting"]
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.