The VA Augusta Health Care System provides you with outstanding health care, trains America's future health care providers, and conducts important medical research. The VA Augusta Health Care System is one of the leading health care systems serving Veterans in the VA Southeast Network. 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. Preferred Experience: Board Certified Physiatrist in Physical Medicine & Rehab Services with at least 5-10 years experience, preferably with VA leadership experience as well. Must have experience with Spinal Cord Injury patients. 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: Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing or speech may be required. however, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. See VA Handbook and Directive 5019. ["This is an open continuous announcement. First consideration will be given to all who apply by January 2, 2024. If a selection is not made, applications will be reviewed as received. Please note, the announcement may close earlier than the currently posted closing date. The Augusta VA Health Care System is seeking a strong leader who will direct our Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder (SCI/D) Center. The VHA SCI/D System of Care is the only healthcare system in the United States that provides lifetime care for persons with SCI/D, from diagnosis to end of life care. The SCI/D Chief will oversee full management of the Spinal Cord Injury service. Incumbent is responsible for working with other service lines and departments to develop and maintain service agreements to ensure high quality of care to SCI/D Veterans. Establishes and maintains a climate that fosters patient-centered services. Supports and promotes full implementation of all local, VISN and national policies and directives. Incumbent will work cooperatively with affiliated educational institutions, while also maintaining priority alliance to the needs and mission of the VA medical center. The SCI/D Chief incorporates evidence-based practice, best practices, and clinical practice guidelines into the appropriate medical care settings. The SCI/D Chief reports directly to the Chief of Staff and will positively support the goals of the SCI/D Center, VA medical center, VISN 7 and VHA. She/he maintains and promotes high ethical, clinical and administrative standards that are carried into the decision-making process. Incumbent is responsible for developing both long- and short-term policies and plans for giving special consideration to the integration of the SCI/D Center within other service lines to ensure an interdisciplinary approach and a seamless health care system. Makes recommendations regarding all resource management issues, including but not limited to personnel actions, budget, equipment, space, benchmarking issues, outreach, and networking initiatives. Directly supervises clinical and administrative staff. Supports patients' rights, high quality education programs for patients and staff, supports and monitors time and attendance of staff, and supports and ensures compliance with productivity initiatives. Participates in medical center, VISN 7 and national SCI/D System of Care leadership activities; Manages service-level QI activities that monitor critical aspects of care that include CARF and JCAHO compliance. The SCI/D Chief is expected to remain privileged and practicing in his/her specialty field. The SCI/D Chief functions as liaison to Associate Chief of Staff for Education and ensures orientation to service rotation for program trainees (residents, students, fellows). The practitioner is expected to show effectiveness in teaching, monitoring, and coordinating educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision. The Augusta SCI/D Service Line is affiliated with Augusta University and has rotations for medical students and residents. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Approved Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off 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 (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm (Subject to change based on agency needs)."]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.