Physician (Community Living Center Medical Director)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Internal Number: 712208400
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. Additional Requirement: - Completed the Certifying Examination of the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Family Practice Preferred Experience: Geriatric medicine expert with knowledge and practice experience in geriatric medicine and palliative care, dementia care, mental health illness management, rehabilitation, transitions of care, and healthcare systems navigation. Board Certification in Geriatric Medicine preferable. 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 15-44 pounds, light carrying under 15 pounds, pulling hand over hand (< 1 hour), pushing ( < 1 hour), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1-2 hours), standing (1 hour), kneeling (< 1 hour), repeated bending (< 1 hour), both legs required, operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid may be permitted). Delivery of care in the home settings may also require excessive bending, lifting and twisting. Under urgent or emergency situations, the incumbent may need to run and/or sprint. The incumbent may also be required to drive at night and in inclement weather. Environmental Factors: Outside and inside, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working around moving objects or vehicles, working with hands in water, vibration, working closely with others, working alone, protracted or irregular hours of work. ["The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson, MS is seeking a Full-Time Physician as a Community Living Center (CLC) Medical Director. The CLC Medical Director will be expected to provide both administrative and clinical leadership, as well as direct patient care, in the Community Living Center (CLC). The CLC includes skilled nursing, long term care, and hospice/palliative care. The incumbent duties and/or responsibilities are (but not limited to) the following: Participate in the creation of policies, procedures and guidelines to assure provision of adequate good quality comprehensive services, including procedures for emergency treatment of residents in the CLC. Collaborate with CLC management to advise the CLC administration regarding adequacy and appropriateness of scope of service for CLC residents, CLC staffing models, and issues related to cultural transformation. Provide direct patient/resident care including admission H&P, all day-to-day aspects of patient care, discharge summary, participation in discharge planning and any family conferences. Provide patient care outside of the CLC, depending on GEC needs: community nursing homes, State Veterans nursing homes, and outpatient clinics. As needed. coverage for the other CLC programs may include: admission evaluations, daily care planning, home visits, and transition to Geriatric primary care. Collaborate with outside partners (State Veterans nursing home) to provide guidance/assistance in managing care in times of crisis (i.e. COVID outbreak) F. Medical Officer of the Day provides night and weekend coverage, but the oversight and handoff is coordinated by the CLC director. Support and direct the teaching mission of the CLC in coordination with the medical facility and any outside teaching organizations. Rotate routinely as the attending physician for house staff and fellows rotating through the CLC; participation in the Geriatric's didactic program is also encouraged. The CLC director responsible for the oversight of all medical care within the CLC, this includes but not limited to Palliative/Hospice care, dementia care, mental health care, skilled rehabilitation, skilled nursing care (i.e., IV antibiotics, wound care, vent and trach care) and others listed in the VHA Handbook 1142.02, CLC admission for long stay care and short stay care. It is expected that CLC director and providers will collaborate with specialties as clinically appropriate. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): May be authorized to well qualified applicants. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives (Sign-on Bonus): May be available for well-qualified applicants. Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): 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. EDRP Authorized: Contact Olympia.Smith@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 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm"]
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.