This position is located in the Department of Medicine, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center (SVAMC), Albany, New York and supports the Network 2 Mission to care for our Veterans with compassion and excellence. This position is responsible for providing a broad range of Cardiology services to Veterans receiving care at the VAMC. 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 Eligible/Certified in Cardiology 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 physician should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position including examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan and educate residents. Physical activities include sitting, standing (up to 4 hours) walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. The incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable; and capable to perform the duties of the position. ["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. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid 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) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNED DUTIES: The Physician - Chief of Cardiology position at the SVAMC will encompass the breadth of general Cardiology clinical care, including inpatient consultation, outpatient clinic, and inpatient rounding. The Cardiology service is responsible for providing cardiovascular care and associated medical services to patients of the Medical Center and will function as support to the hospitalist, through inpatient consults; as support to the Primary Care Providers and Urgent Care providers via phone, e-consults or outpatient consults. SCOPE OF ASSIGNED DUTIES: The incumbent must be a Board Eligible/Board Certified Cardiologist who will lead and manage the staff of a very active academic and clinical cardiology section. Clinical responsibilities primarily include general cardiology skills such as echocardiography, exercise and pharmacologic stress testing, Holter monitor and EKG interpretations, diagnosis and management of arrhythmias. Skills in the performance, supervision and interpretation of advanced cardiac imaging studies, including nuclear cardiology, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography are highly desired. Other duties include managing patients on the inpatient telemetry unit and outpatient specialty clinics, performing cardiology consultations, and participating in cardiac catheterization, if qualified. The Cardiology section is closely affiliated with Albany Medical College, and responsible for fellowship, resident and medical student training. It is expected that the applicant is qualified to be a full-time faculty member at the affiliated medical school, and to participate in supervisory roles in fellowship and residency educational programs. Research experience and the ability to attract grant funding is highly desirable. The Physician is charged with ensuring the delivery of the best possible general Cardiology services to our Veteran patients. The Cardiology specialists will ensure provision of indicated services for conditions in both in-patient and out-patient clinical settings, including telemedicine. This care must be delivered in accordance with hospital policy and meet community standards and pertains to outpatients as well as inpatients. The Chief Cardiologist always works within her or his privileges. The Chief Cardiologist is expected to maintain current knowledge and skills. She or he must be able to deliver interventions throughout the full spectrum of Cardiology Care; i.e. s/he is expected to maintain good diagnostic and therapeutic acumen in accordance with existing professional society guidelines. The Physician will have primary responsibility for supervising other Cardiologists in the Service, and to ensure that they are performing to the highest standards of clinical care excellence, time efficiency, professional and ethical behavior. He/She also assures care of patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings are smooth, patient centric and safe. This includes but is not limited to, collaboration and good communication with the Emergency Department, Subspecialty Services and/or Clinics admitting patients to the hospital. The incumbent will supervise all operational aspects of the Cardiology Service, including establishment of the highest clinical care standards, operations, and quality and participate in clinical review process such as tort claims, peer reviews, management reviews and administrative activities, as directed by the Chief of Medicine and/or Chief of Staff. Work Schedule: To be discussed during interview/selection process."]
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.