The Amarillo VA Health Care System is seeking Ambulatory Care Physicians as primary care providers within a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) at the Amarillo VA Health Care System & Lubbock VA Clinic. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized to highly qualified candidates. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Education: Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.] NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area. Licensure and Registration: 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: Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR 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. Physical Requirements: See outlined below. English Language Proficiency. Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7402(d) and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: Board Certified/Board Eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. Minimum of 2 years of primary care experience in an outpatient setting. Experience in Women's Health Care and basic Primary Care procedures. VA experience preferred. 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; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (8hrs); Standing (3hrs); Repeated bending (2hrs); Climbing, legs only (2hrs); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted). ["The Physician 's will provide primary care to an assigned patient panel as delineated in the clinical privilege list for a primary care physician. This will include, but is not limited to, diagnosis and management of a variety chronic medical illnesses, diagnoses and management of a variety of acute medical illnesses, providing patient education in regards to their acute and/or chronic illnesses, addressing preventative care topics with patients, coordination of patient care with consultants and specialists, performing routine in office procedures within the primary care scope of practice, and formulation of care plans to ensure patient's overall health and wellbeing. Duties include the following: Incumbent is responsible for examining, diagnosing, and treating patients with both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. Ensures that all treatment meet generally accepted standard of care criteria. Incumbent is responsible for completing clinically appropriate workup for each diagnosis via physical exam, diagnostic laboratory and/or diagnostic imaging. Relaying results of diagnostic laboratory or diagnostic imaging to the patient in a timely manner Incumbent is responsible for providing patient education regarding their diagnoses and treatments along with addressing preventative medicine at each visit. The physician is responsible for acting as a leader within their PACT and providing teaching/mentoring to each member of their team to improve the overall care experienced by the patient. Incumbent is responsible for coordination of patient care with consultants and specialists as needed Incumbent maintains appropriate documentation to include but not limited to the following topics: i. Timeliness - all documentation must be completed by the incumbent themselves within 7 days from Date of Service ii) Each note meets Standard Criteria - must contain the basic elements for an accurate, complete, and billable primary care note Incumbent adheres to VHA Code of Ethics, performs own duties as required, and Maintains Information Security Protocols as covered in N.E.O. Incumbent displays Professionalism at all times i. Performs own duties as required ii. Understands and respects duties and roles of others in the department iii. Is responsive to needs of team members regarding time and information iv. Is available at assigned duty station during duty hours for team members to consult Adheres to HIPAA guidelines in both written and verbal communication. Incumbent will perform only those privileges for which approval has been granted by the Medical Center Director prospectively and in writing. Incumbents maintains own professional qualifications, participates in customer service training, computer training, and attends mandated medical center training activities as required. Incumbent will serve in a supervisory capacity for ancillary staff and maintain appropriate documentation of said supervision. Incumbent may provide education and training to members of the medical/dental staff through various conferences, committees, and lecture series. Incumbent may be assigned administrative or managerial responsibilities through participation in clinical, educational and administrative committees, task groups, or special projects. Incumbents who supervise residents will provide education, training, mentoring, and supervision to students and residents. Incumbents with specialized training in a particular specialty may be assigned section chief responsibilities for the subspecialty and may function as the primary clinician or subject matter expert responsible for formulating policy, procedures, education, and training affecting the daily clinical operations of the subspecialty Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting"]
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.