This position will serve as the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for the Primary Care Service (PCS) within the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center. The ACOSPCS is responsible for assisting with the clinical and administrative functions of the Primary Care Service including the Community Clinics located throughout the catchment area. 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: Three years demonstrated successful leadership/management experience in a complex healthcare setting, knowledge and skills related to the delivery of health care, education, leadership, management, change management, and quality improvement. 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 a full range of physical activity, lifting and carrying, pulling, pushing, reaching at and above the shoulders, use of both hands and fingers, walking, standing, sitting, kneeling, repeated bending, and the ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Adequate hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability required. ["Administrative: Demonstrate ability to appoint and/or build interdisciplinary team members with complimentary skills for maximum team effort/success. Supervises and evaluates the performance of Physicians, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, and Physician Assistants who are assigned to the PC Service. Coaches staff in team building, Contributes to staff growth and development of effective teams and individuals in the team. Supports clinical training and continuing professional development throughout the Primary Care service line with personal/professional development plans and organizational/clinical needs. Ensure physician staffing requirements for five day a week coverage of the Primary care Service are met. Ensure that providers possess the necessary skills appropriate to patient care in an outpatient primary care setting. Ensures that all providers maintain continuing education and certifications, including Advanced Cardiac Life Support if required and Basic Cardiac Life Support. Responsible for completion of Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluations (OPPE), Focused Professional Practice Evaluations (FPPE) for initial hires and providers needing focused evaluation for cause, performance/proficiency evaluations and pay for performance evaluations for all staff under the ACOS PC Service's direct supervision. Develops and implements appropriate policies, procedures, plans, and professional standards that guide and support PC Service operations. Collaborates with other facility Primary Care Chiefs, VISN 19 leadership, and VA Central Office on program issues. Oversight of Performance Improvement/Quality Assurance/Utilization Review and evaluation to ensure that the four dimensions of care are continuously evaluated and improved: Access. Quality of Care, Customer Service/Patient Satisfaction, and Utilization Management/Efficiency of Care. Researches problems that impact the quality of care delivery. Ensure the ethical and competent practice of the PC Service. Participates in the development of, and makes final decisions about, the annual 4Cast business plan submitted to facility leadership. The plan should identify the Primary Care mission, goals, objectives and strategies together with related resource implications. The business plan should also take cognizance of and be consistent with VASLCHCS's overall strategic business direction. Serve on important interdisciplinary boards and committees as appointed by the Chief of Staff. Support all existing safety and infection control practices relevant to this position. Contributes to and keeps abreast of new safety and ergonomic practices as they are developed. Complies with safety, security, and privacy policies, arranges proper clinical coverage during planned absences, and complies with hand-off communication policy/ Clinical: Serve as a Primary Care physician in the PC Service according to approved clinical privileges at VHA SLC HCS. This position is up to 75% administrative and 25% clinical. The incumbent shall maintain a 25% panel size for clinical duties. Serve as an integral member of interdisciplinary and hospital committees as appointed by Chief of Staff. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 08:00a - 04:30p 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"]
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.