Location: District of Columbia, District of Columbia
Internal Number: 661840900
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. Physical Requirements. In addition to VA Handbook 5019 please see below. Preferred Requirement/Experience: Board certified preferred but will accept board eligible in Gastroenterology with a focus in Hepatology Experience with grant-funded clinical/basic research is a plus and highly desired. Grade Determination: Staff Physician Requirements. Staff Physician. None beyond the basic requirements. The individual must qualify to perform duties as a physician, have completed an accredited residency and/or possess experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision. Staff physicians may also include attendings who train physician residents assigned in facilities with residency training programs, and consultants who are capable of giving authoritative views and opinions on subjects in their field of 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: The work requires some physical exertion including periods of walking, standing, regular and recurring bending, stooping, lifting objects (up to approximately 25lbs), and assisting patients on and off examination tables. In addition, must meet the requirements in accordance with VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized\nRecruitment Incentive: May be authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): EDRP Authorized: Contact Lydia Byer, @Lydia.Byer@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance 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\nThe Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting full-time Gastroenterology/Hepatology Physician to work on a multi-disciplinary team in an academic-affiliated GI service. The ideal candidate is a BC/BE Gastroenterologist with a focus in Hepatology - including expertise in the care of patients with fatty liver disease, alcohol related liver disease, chronic hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. Care is provided within a multi-disciplinary team setting consisting of Physicians (including GI fellowship trainees), Physician Assistants, RNs and Medical Instrument Technicians. We have affiliations with The George Washington University Medical Center, Georgetown University Medical School, Howard University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Veteran services are provided in an outpatient and inpatient setting. Physicians with additional training/expertise in inflammatory bowel disease, motility, or other GI subspecialties are also encouraged to apply. Major duties/functions include but are not limited to: The Gastroenterology/Hepatology physician's actual clinical activity shall be a function of the VAMC Executive Committee of the Medical Staff clinical privileging process and the overall demand for services. Provide Gastroenterology/Hepatology services required for VA beneficiaries. All labor and services shall be provided including management, supervision, teaching, consultations and reports. Provides direct hands-on patient care of patients with general GI disorders and acute/chronic liver disease including inpatient and outpatient care. The majority of the physician's clinical time will be providing care to patients with liver disease, with remaining clinical time providing care for patients with GI disorders, which includes the performance of endoscopy. Provide on-call coverage of emergency consultations of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology service during the weekdays, weekends and holidays as part of a rotation. d. Provides clinical guidance over the phone, by Secure Messaging and through the mail. Ensures accurate documentation of medical assessments and observations. Responsible for supervising and teaching GI fellows, medical residents and students. May be required to oversee mid-level practitioners, such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Establishes inter-personal and intra-departmental relationships to enhance optimal patient care. Demonstrates competent and effective oral and written communication. Provides appropriate patient/family member teaching and education; evaluates effectiveness and level of patient/family member understanding of teaching provider. Utilizes the CPRS computer software/program for entering and signing of medical orders such as laboratory studies, radiological studies, etc. Maintains familiarity and compliance with hospital infection prevention policies and procedures, ensuring the use of antiseptic methods of all in-clinic procedures. Ensures a safe work environment and employee safe work habits. Make referrals to subspecialists when their expertise is needed for diagnoses, treatments or procedures. The provider shall inform patients of the required referral or consult. All other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday; 8:00AM - 4:30PM with on call coverage approximately every 7 weeks."]
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