Physician (Associate Chief of Staff, Primary Care)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Internal Number: 630696800
Some positions are 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. 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. 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: Supervisory experience, experience with residents and Academic Affiliates. 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 work related to this position is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort (e.g. management and delivery of documentation) may be required. ["This position is located in the Primary Care Service within the Eastern Colorado Health Care System at the PFC Lindstrom Community Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Colorado Springs, CO. This position provides support to and is responsible for Primary Care across the Southern Colorado Healthcare System and market. The incumbent serves as the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Primary Care of Southern Colorado. The incumbent is ultimately responsible for managing the full spectrum of primary care responsibilities, including admission, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, including consultation of patients presenting with internal medicine complaints, diseases, and injuries. The Southern ACOS collaborates with the Northern ACOS, Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff, with facility-level oversight of comprehensive Primary Care. The incumbent provides input, advice and counsel for the total Medical Center planning, programming, budgeting and general administration. The incumbent manages a large, diverse program which provides comprehensive health care services central to the mission of ECHCS. The incumbent establishes clinical objectives congruent with and reflective of the philosophy and objectives of the Medical Center and Southern Colorado CBOCs. The incumbent formulates policies and operating procedures, ensuring compliance with VA regulations, statutes and the standards and requirements of various internal and external review bodies. The incumbent assesses the impact of VISN, national and private-sector developments as they relate to Primary Care, making and/or recommendations changes accordingly. The position requires operational and scientific knowledge and experience of Medical Care practices, principles and administration. Membership in appropriate professional organizations is highly desirable. Position must have extensive knowledge and leadership experience in Medical Care programs to efficiently and effectively carry out the varied management aspects of the position. The ACOs must keep abreast of new and exciting clinical, technical, and administrative concepts and analyze them with the needs of the VA, VHA, VISN and ECHCS in mind. The ability to analyze the competing demands for resources is extremely important and must take into account valid measures of productivity, quality, timeliness, and responsiveness to customer needs and expectations. Must be able to maintain effective measures of staff competency and performance improvement, in accordance with the medical center's established performance improvement program. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Yes\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Jeffrey Young at Jeffrey.Young9@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance.\nRecruitment/Relocation Incentive: Authorized\nPay: 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\nWork Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm"]
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.