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: Board Certified or Board eligible in Family practice or Internal Medicine Preferred Experience: Experience in family practice 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: NA ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): NA\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): NA\nAppraised Value Offer (AVO): NA\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Approved to apply Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off 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\nSCOPE OF PRACTICE Personally responsible for: Primary outpatient care of assigned patient panel, utilizing a team approach, across the continuum of care including comprehensive health assessment and care management. Continuity and coordination of care management. Advocacy for patient needs. Compliance with chronic disease and prevention indicators. CRITERIA: Demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities to conduct comprehensive health assessments, determine diagnoses and health care needs and to construct health care plans based on effective therapeutic ability, consultation, patient education and established practice guidelines.\nDemonstrates ability to coordinate patient care through patient management techniques across the patient care continuum.\nMaintains effectiveness in recognizing emergency/acute situations and intervening in an appropriate and effective manner.\nDocuments patients' health care clearly and accurately as defined by medical record documentation, chronic disease and prevention indicators, in a timely manner.\nFollows scope of practice as approved by the Professional Standards Board.\nCATEGORY II: EDUCATIONAL COMPETENCE\n1. Ensures supervision for Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, Students, and Allied Healthcare Students, when applicable. CRITERIA\na. Maintains a high standard of teaching through patient care experiences in the clinics, and in teaching physical diagnosis.\nb. Ensures that levels of supervision are documented in medical record according to medical center policy.\nCATEGORY III: RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT\n1. Actively participates in ongoing process of performance improvement in Primary Care. CRITERIA\nIdentifies opportunities in clinical practice that could be improved through performance improvement activities\nCATEGORY IV: ADMINISTRATIVE COMPETENCE\nCRITERIA\na. Attends assigned committees and required staff meetings.\nb. Reports pertinent information to FIRM members.\nc. Completes required performance improvement reviews, report of contact reviews, and peer reviews, as appropriate, in a timely manner.\n2. Effectively manages health services.\nCRITERIA\na. Manages patient workload and wait times in compliance with the Primary Care Customer Service Standards to ensure the most effective, efficient service to the patients. PERSONAL CONTACTS\n1. Serves as a consultant in Primary Care CRITERIA\na. Serves where appropriate on the Medical Center VISN committees and/or works in planning groups to address issues pertaining to primary care.\nb. Coordinates or participates in special projects related to primary care activities of the Medical Center staff on an ad hoc basis.\n2. Serves as a role model and/or facilitator in maintaining ethical and professional standards.\nCRITERIA\na. Maintains ethical and professional standards as an individual, a colleague and member of the larger community.\nb. Ensures that these standards are included in the decision-making process.\nc. Maintains good citizenship standards, which include reporting to clinics on time, maintaining good work relationships, and displaying courtesy to patients, co-workers and staff. 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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.