The VA Sunshine Healthcare Network, also known as VISN 8, is the nation's largest system of VA hospitals and clinics and is home to 1.5 million Veterans in a vast 64,153 square mile area spread across 79 counties in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. VISN 8's seven healthcare systems include eight Joint Commission-accredited VA medical centers and more than 60 community clinics. 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. Specialized and/or Preferred Experience Board Eligible or Board Certified in Geriatrics & Extended Care preferred Previous experience in caring for Veterans and Geriatrics 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: Use of fingers, walking (up to 4 hours), standing (up to 4 hours), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, hearing (aid permitted). Environment Factors, working closely with others, working with hands in water (frequent hand washing), working around moving objects and vehicles, protracted or irregular hours of work. Drive a motor vehicle. ["The incumbent works as an Attending Physician in the Lake City Community Living Center (CLC), taking care of Veterans who need Long term nursing home level of care, short term rehabilitation or skilled nursing care in a Nursing Home setting. The Physician will help with admission, discharge, and routine care of these Veterans. He/she will also help coordinate care with other members of the Interdisciplinary Team and with Specialists inside and outside the VA. The incumbent will provide education on disease process, medications, and care needs to Veterans, families and staff. Will participate in screening Veterans for CLC admission. Will also help track outcomes, monitor and report trends to improve quality of care in the CLC. Duties also include supervising and instructing Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Medical Students, Residents or Geriatric Fellows as needed in an Interdisciplinary Team setting. Will serve as a resource for Veterans, families, and staff for issues related to their stay in the CLC. The incumbent may also help with patient care needs in other areas of Geriatrics and Extended Care as needed. He/she will assume the responsibilities listed below: Histories, examinations, assessments and plans for outpatients coordinating all evaluations, diagnostic testing, clinical follow up, and care coordination. Lead the CLC Team in the day to day management of Veterans in the CLC. Promote an atmosphere of efficiency and accuracy in the timeliness of submission of completed documents. Collaborate with Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistant, ancillary health care providers, and various clinical Specialties. Help facilitate hospital admissions, post discharge care and specialty consultations as needed. Participate in screening of veterans and completion of consults for the CLC. Participate in call schedule for telephonic coverage for urgent needs of veterans in the CLC after administrative hours. Participate in interdisciplinary Team meetings. Participate in other clinical duties as assigned by the ACOS for Geriatrics & Extended Care. 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 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: Monday - Friday (8:30am - 4:30pm) Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentive with a service agreement may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Candidate Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Eligible- *See \"Additional Information\" section below for more details"]
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.