Geriatrics Physician, Hospice/Palliative Care - with Recruitment/Relocation Incentive, EDRP
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Dallas, Texas
Internal Number: 661745200
The Dallas VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for a Hospice/Palliative Care Staff Physician to advance the mission of the VA in serving veterans with palliative care and end of life needs. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized to highly qualified candidates. This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. 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. 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. 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: Full-time Hospice/palliative board certified physician with internal medicine/family medicine/geriatrics training/experience for an active 19 bed hospice unit, palliative consultations, and outpatient palliative care clinic. Served as a primary care provider in all aspects of the hospice/palliative care program and towards the mission of the VA Knowledge and ability to perform history and physical examinations on patients at end of life. Knowledge and ability to assess & manage acute & chronic medical conditions in hospice/palliative care setting Ability to recognize when a patient needs to be referred for evaluation of more complex medical conditions. Must possess excellent communication skills, which enable the individual to interact favorably with patients, patient's families, and other VANTHCS staff. Demonstrated ability to be self-directed in the clinical setting as reflected by effective communication, organizational, interpersonal and decision-making skills. Possesses knowledge of computers to include the ability to work with and access information in CPRS and VISTA. 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: Light lifting and carrying under 15 pounds, Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (2hrs); Standing 2hrs); Depth perception; Hearing (aid permitted); ["The Staff Physician (Hospice/Palliative Care) with the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service must possess knowledge and competency to assess & manage veterans needing inpatient palliative care consultation, inpatient Community Living Center (CLC) hospice care and in outpatient palliative care clinic setting.\nDuties and responsibilities, Geriatrics and Extended Care Core privileges include, but are not limited to: Performance of duties at the Dallas VA Community Living Center, palliative care outpatient clinic, and receiving, reviewing, and acting upon palliative care consults and E-consults. admitting privileges, history and physical, preparing treatment plans, treatment and/or consulting of long term care and hospice/palliative patients, supervision of residents and medical students, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions of the following body systems: cardiovascular, circulatory, dermatologic, endocrine, gastrointestinal, gynecologic, hematological, hepatic, immune, infectious, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neurological, psychiatric, pulmonary, renal, rheumatologic, wound care, palliative symptom management in the inpatient and outpatient setting. occasional call and weekend/holiday duty. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized, see details in 'Education section'\nPay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: up to 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)\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 (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 08.00am -16.30pm\nBargaining Unit: This is a Bargaining Unit position"]
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.