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: The DCEM is a board certified physician in Emergency Medicine with evidence-based clinical training as well as expertise in Health Care Quality measures. The DCEM must be eligible for clinical privileges in Emergency Medicine. S/he may be required to meet the expectation of an academic appointment at Albany VA's academic affiliate, Albany Medical Center. Preferred Experience: Previous supervision and management experience. Experience in developing and leading quality improvement projects (e.g., committee Chair) and, exceptional organizational skills. 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: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of sitting or standing. The DCED must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on Veteran needs. ["The Deputy Chief of Emergency Medicine (DCEM) will work in conjunction with the Chief of the Emergency Department to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care to our Veterans. The DCEM possesses strong interpersonal and communication skills that enable him/her to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, members of the Emergency Department, and members of other Services at the Albany VA. Specifically, the provider should possess the expertise and competency to perform the following: Assist with and/or lead various process improvement projects of the Emergency Department, Assist with resolving daily urgent issues that arise with providers and patients in the Emergency Department, Assist with and/or lead required VHA initiatives within the Emergency Department, and Assist with and/or lead various administrative duties assigned by the Chief of the Emergency Department (CED.) Demonstrate sound decision-making skills in both clinical and administrative areas Serve as a preceptor to Residents, Medical Students and Fellows in his or her specialty area Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and treatment of disease Assist the CED in facilitating collaboration with the various Services at the Albany VA Work within the goals and vision of the Emergency Department as are determined by the CED, Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff and Facility Director VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay) EDRP Authorized: Contact VISN2EDRPCoordinators@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: 8am-4:30pm"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.