This position is 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. Learn more. 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. Additional Requirement: The incumbent is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist who must have advanced clinical experience and demonstrated leadership and administrative skills. The incumbent must have: Demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to care delivery; Documented ability to coordinate a broad continuum of programs; Management experience with strong administrative and interpersonal skills, and; Demonstrated skills in providing interface with academic affiliates and other key stakeholders. 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: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment ["Provides leadership and oversight, including direct patient care to veterans receiving radiation oncology services. Incumbent would be involved in clinical supervision of radiation therapists, medical physicist, dosimetrist, and nursing staff and Pas, as well as, administrative Radiation Oncology staff. The physician will be responsible for providing the management and oversight for administrative activities, including radiation safety issues, equipment selection, and physician / patient scheduling. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Chief of Staff and the Medical Center Director. The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of all aspects of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology and the associated radiation safety factors included therein. The incumbent must be trained in radiation safety and radiation physics. Incumbent must have knowledge of standards and performance factors in Radiation Oncology, and will need to have requisite knowledge all current treatment modalities FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES:\nThe responsibilities include hands on clinical work, oversight, and administration of all aspects of the service, including research, and guidance and training for residents and other trainees. Additionally, the incumbent is directly accountable to the Chief of Staff for administrative activities, clinical program activities, and overall compliance to VA, VHA, and VISN wide policies and procedures related to this service. This includes, but is not limited to, the following along with other duties as assigned: Provides direct clinical and operational support for the Department of Radiation Oncology. Will work with facility leadership in developing a strategic plan for the department. Will be responsible for the financial and operating metrics. Provides operational leadership for all quality services. Provides clinical leadership and expertise within the quality clinical team. Proactively identifies opportunities to improve the patient and family experience of care and the efficiency and effectiveness of resource use. Ensures compliance with legal, regulatory, and clinical policies and procedures. Oversees patient care management. Participates and provides clinical leadership in the development and review of care quality and clinical protocols on the department QA program group. Ensures site physician coverage during operation hours. Develops policies for guidelines for appropriate radiation oncology procedures. Provides leadership of regular team meetings for the operational and administrative functions of the quality program. Oversees implementation of clinical protocols, assist with IRB approvals, utilization review, case management, quality assurance. Ensures compliance with state and federal regulatory standards. Participates in quality assurance and peer review programs, including compliance with and implementation of any resulting recommendations. Participates on relevant Health System and Medical Staff committees, and personally attends local Medical Board meetings. Works to ensure that annual operating and departmental fund budgets meet annual targets. Performs related duties, as required. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Yes 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 Work Schedule: M-F 8-430 and other hours as dictated by the clinical needs of the service or medical center. Chiefs are expected to be available outside of their duty hours for emergencies."]
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.