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 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. 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 position will require walking, standing, or sitting for periods of up to or beyond 10 to 12 hours each day. In addition, the incumbent will need to bend, lift, and turn. ["The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. This position leads the Eye Care Department which is aligned under the Surgical/Specialty Care Service Line. The Chief of Eye Care provides leadership and supervision to the Deputy Chief (Ophthalmology) and Deputy Chief (Optometry). Ensuring clinical excellence, accountability, productivity, and a positive safe culture across the department. Allowing each discipline to excel independently, serving as the intermediary to advance the department. The Chief of Eye will spend equal time with both disciplines maintaining a unified and fair representation of Ophthalmology and Optometry. Additional duties maybe assigned. Supervisory Responsibilities: Responsible to lead the development of strategies for the Service line future. Responsible for leading National/VISN/ICC activities and initiatives. Responsible for equipment procurement for the department. Functions as an independent practitioner. The incumbent's duties are 75% clinical and 25% administrative. Reports to the Chief of Surgery. Routinely interacts with Deputy Chief (Ophthalmology), Deputy Chief (Optometry), Chief of Surgery, Surgery Administrative Officer, Human Resources, EEO, Union, Chief of Staff, Director, and others as needed. Delegates supervision as required for good department management. Promote a challenging, rewarding work environment for direct reports, including opportunities for staff development, completion of all mandatory training requirements, reward and recognition programs and high performing team culture. Leads in representing the department in the master plan that maximizes our personnel, space and equipment resources for optimal patient care access and clinical excellence. Develop and lead strategic initiatives for the Eye Care Service line. Clinical Responsibilities Incumbent spends 75% of time with clinical responsibilities. Independently fully practice within their clinical privileges. Clinical privileges will be determined when requested and approved by the Medical Professional Standards Board. Responsible for all patient orders including laboratory, imaging, pharmacy, prosthetics, and consults for specialty care to be completed through CPRS. Will be responsible for staffing residents in clinic and the operating room. Responsible for entering accurate, complete, timely progress notes for each episode of care into the patient's electronic record in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). Proper use, maintenance, and calibration of specialized equipment used in the assessment and care of patients. Maintains supplies, equipment, and clinical areas to optimize safety and efficiency. He/She demonstrates knowledge and maintains standards in the use and reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices (RMD). Responsible for the overall operation and supervision of their surgical subspecialty section to include delivery of clinic and surgical care as a provider, provision of inpatient and outpatient care as a provider. EDRP: Authorized Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer 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 Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically Monday- Friday, 800am to 4:30pm. Additional information may be provided during the interview process."]
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