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: The New Mexico VA Medical Center is an active teaching hospital affiliated with the University of New Mexico. Qualified candidates must be eligible for a faculty appointment at the University of New Mexico based upon qualifications and experience. Preferred Experience: Experience in ERCP, EUS, Hepatology 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: This position requires light to heavy lifting 15 - 45 pounds and over; light to moderate carrying under 15-44 pounds; straight pulling more than 1 hour; pushing more than 1 hour; reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; both hands required; walking more than 2 hours; standing 8 hours; kneeling more than 2 hours; repeated bending more than 2 hours; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye; ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); working around moving objects or vehicles; working with hands in water; working closely with others; unusual emotional strain. ["Staff Gastroenterologists provide a broad range of Gastroenterology and Hepatology services to Veterans. Each Gastroenterologist functions as a cooperative and collegial team member with the entire staff. The incumbent will share responsibility for inpatient teaching rounds, inpatient consultation, and outpatient clinic. The Staff Gastroenterologist will perform diagnostic studies and therapeutic procedures with standard endoscopic techniques. The incumbent will access, stabilize, and determine the disposition of patients with emergent conditions consistent with medical staff policy. Experience with ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound are preferred. The Gastroenterologist in this position will also support inpatient and subspecialty services through consultations and Primary Care and Urgent Care Providers via phone, e-consults, and outpatient consults. He/She will provide consultation and follow-up through Gastroenterology Virtual Telehealth (CVT) Clinic and communicate with patients directly by phone or through secure messaging via My HealtheVet. The Gastroenterologist will interact through didactic teaching, demonstration, and observation of performance by Medical Students, Medical Residents and Fellows. The Gastroenterologist will provide knowledge and performance feedback via discussions and written evaluations. This position has the possibility of obtaining a faculty appointment with the Division of Gastroenterology and Department of Medicine at the University of New Mexico. Qualified candidates must be eligible for a faculty appointment in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of New Mexico based upon qualifications and experience. In this role the in incumbent would perform scholarly and other activity related to their role as Faculty. Albuquerque and Northern New Mexico are a wonderful place to live, with a year-round sunny and low humidity climate, ethnic diversity, endless outdoor activities (hiking, biking, mountains, and skiing), and Santa Fe with renowned art, music, and opera is only 60 minutes away. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Highly qualified individual may be eligible for a recruitment incentive in accordance with agency policy. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): This position is eligible for the (EDRP). EDRP Authorized: Contact Natasha L. Brant, email@example.com , 602-277-5551 x3062 or Miriam A. Ubiles, firstname.lastname@example.org , 210-773-7180, the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance.\nVA 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 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm"]
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.