The direct clinical duties of the Hospice & Palliative Care (HPC) Physician will include: being a member of a three physician rotational pool that will provide hospice and palliative care throughout the VA Maryland Health Care Systems (VAMHCS) at all clinical sites. The incumbent will apply established findings of evidence based medicine or other health related research to the care and teaching of hospice patients and staff. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 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 Attending on the PCCT team in the Baltimore VA Medical Center. During this rotation, the physician will be expected to participate in family meetings and interdisciplinary discharge team meeting on the medical, surgical and intensive care services. They would be expected to supervise trainees and complete initial consults as well as follow ups. Attending on the inpatient Hospice unit at LR . During this rotation, the physician will be the attending physician of record and actively participate in interdisciplinary team conferences and family meetings. They will also complete palliative care consults and follow patients admitted to other treating specialties in the Community Living Center (CLC). Staffing the outpatient Palliative Clinic associated with the LSTDI, This duty includes serving as the provider for a specialty clinic to assist primary care providers in having Goals of Care Conversations for high risk Veterans Supervising the HPC Physician Assistant in the performance of their duties. Sharing responsibility for screening referrals for Hospice and Palliative services Participating in a rotating call group for after hour coverage of Hospice and Palliative Care and Geriatrics & Extended Care (GEC) clinical services. Participating in the care of community dwelling veterans enrolled in community hospice and palliative care programs. Supporting the teaching and clinical programs of the Medical Center by serving as a preceptor for fellows, residents and students. Clinical coverage of other GEC services will be expected as necessary, as well as, to support in the clinical management of patients in support of the primary care VAMHCS mission. Administrative The HPC Physician will be expected to serve on various HPC and VAMHCS wide committees including the Tumor Board, Cancer Committee, Pain Committee etc. The HPC physician will participate in teaching about HPC throughout the VAMHCS. In addition the HPC physician may be requested to teach EOL care and palliative medicine to interdisciplinary teams, at conferences, grand round, etc. The HPC physician will be required to coordinate hospital systems to facilitate treatment with HPC\PCCT. The HPC physician participate in writing/revising policies, procedures, or standards related to Hospice care as it relates to the VAMHCS and in community and professional organizations such as the VAMHCS Hospice-Veteran Partnership Program and with the Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland. The HPC physician may be required to serve as an advocate and representative for HPC at the facility, VISN, and VACO levels. The HPC physician may be required to participate in EOL research and to attend /present findings at national conferences and organization scientific meetings. The clinical and administrative duties listed above are not comprehensive and may include other duties as determined by the program needs and assigned by the GEC Director. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am-4:30pm Telework: Not Eligible for telework
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.