This is an open continuous announcement. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred until the vacancy is filled. The announcement will be closed when the vacancy has been filled, which may be earlier than the current posted closing date. 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. Education: 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. License: 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. Proficiency in spoken and written English. 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. ["The Augusta VA Health Care System is seeking a strong leader who will direct our Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder (SCI/D) Center. The VHA SCI/D System of Care is the only healthcare system in the United States that provides lifetime care for persons with SCI/D, from diagnosis to end of life care. The SCI/D Chief will oversee full management of the Spinal Cord Injury service. Incumbent is responsible for working with other service lines and departments to develop and maintain service agreements to ensure high quality of care to SCI/D Veterans. Establishes and maintains a climate that fosters patient-centered services. Supports and promotes full implementation of all local, VISN and national policies and directives. Incumbent will work cooperatively with affiliated educational institutions, while also maintaining priority alliance to the needs and mission of the VA medical center. The SCI/D Chief incorporates evidence-based practice, best practices, and clinical practice guidelines into the appropriate medical care settings. The SCI/D Chief reports directly to the Chief of Staff and will positively support the goals of the SCI/D Center, VA medical center, VISN 7 and VHA. She/he maintains and promotes high ethical, clinical and administrative standards that are carried into the decision-making process; Is responsible for developing both long- and short-term policies and plans for giving special consideration to the integration of the SCI/D Center within other service lines to ensure an interdisciplinary approach and a seamless health care system; Makes recommendations regarding all resource management issues, including but not limited to: personnel actions, budget, equipment, space, benchmarking issues, outreach and networking initiatives; Directly supervises clinical and administrative staff; Supports patients' rights, high quality education programs for patients and staff, supports and monitors time and attendance of staff, and supports and ensures compliance with productivity initiatives; Participates in medical center, VISN 7 and national SCI/D System of Care leadership activities; Manages service-level QI activities that monitor critical aspects of care that include CARF and JCAHO compliance. The SCI/D Chief is expected to remain privileged and practicing in his/her specialty field. The SCI/D Chief functions as liaison to Associate Chief of Staff for Education and ensures orientation to service rotation for program trainees (residents, students, fellows). The practitioner is expected to show effectiveness in teaching, monitoring and coordinating educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision. The Augusta SCI/D Service Line is affiliated with Augusta University and has rotations for medical students and residents. The position of Chief, SCI/D Center is a full-time position. The candidate needs to meet existing VHA requirements for physicians, including credentialing and privileging requirements. Board certification in SCI Medicine is strongly encouraged. The candidate must: 1. Have completed either a SCI fellowship training or equivalent training in the care of persons with SCI/D and demonstrate clinical and administrative knowledge in SCI/D medicine enabling the candidate to successfully direct a SCI/D Center. 2. Present evidence of formal training and proven competence in leadership, administration, QI, and risk management (for example, executive/leadership courses for physicians, accrediting organizations) for the position of Chief, SCI/D Center. 3. Present evidence of interest and involvement in research and teaching. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive/Relocation: Authorized 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 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (Subject to change based on needs of the agency.) May require work outside of core schedule as this 24/7 hospital."]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.