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. 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. Preferred Experience: Managing Chronic Pain 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: Moderate lifting/carrying (15-44 pounds); walking/standing (4 hours); far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid may be permitted); standing/sitting at a computer station. Environmental Factors: Working closely with others; working alone. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): 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. EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy Hermann at Stacy.Hermann@va.gov the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. 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 The Physician will be an integral member of the Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Management Team (CPMT) in specialty care at VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC). The CPMT works collaboratively to develop and implement comprehensive, safe, and effective pain management plans for high acuity Veterans. Treatment of chronic pain in this setting will include opioid management, opioid tapers, and employment of non-opioid and non-pharmacologic modalities. Expectation for core primary care privileges for history and physical, assessment, diagnosis, development of treatment plans, follow-up and evaluation, and provision of patient education of patients aged adult to geriatric expected. Also knowledge referrals/consultations for ancillary services and supplies offered via VA healthcare. Further duties may include monitoring of facility metrics on the Opioid Safety Initiative and STORM dashboards, providing consultation and pain management education to physicians and mid-level practitioners in Primary Care, assessment of Veterans and fast-tracking them to the community for procedures, and collaboration with community opioid prescribers. The Physician will be involved in co-managed care for Veterans with Opioid Use Disorder and will initiate, stabilize, and manage patients on Suboxone. CPMT is involved in educating and supporting PACT (Patient Aligned Care Teams) to assume care for stable Veterans requiring long-term medication assisted therapy (MAT) in a stepped care fashion. Note: This position will not conduct interventional procedures. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Available (per station policy) Remote/Virtual: This is NOT a remote or virtual position"]
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.