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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Medical Director) in Springfield, Massachusetts

Summary

This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA Policy 1021 and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office and dependent on available funding.

Responsibilities

The Medical Director of the Springfield and Greenfield Primary Care Clinics will assist the Chief of Primary Care with: continuous improvement of health care delivery through PACT and Whole Health; aligning processes and results with strategic objectives; performing administrative duties. The Medical Director will be comfortable supporting Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. The position is 60/40 between clinical and administrative time. The incumbent will work as part of a healthcare team, interpersonal skills are imperative for achieving the mission of providing the best patient centered care possible. The incumbent will: coordinate management at two Primary Care sites; have good personnel and project management skills; make decisions for the firm; be a voice and an advocate for Primary Care. Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon - Fri On rare occasions, the incumbent may be scheduled for shift coverage: 1-3x /month to be back-up for the on-call Medical Officer of the Day (MOD) from 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. Weekend call shifts scheduled approximately 6x /year (8 a.m. - 8 a.m.). Holiday 1 x/year (8 a.m. - 8 a.m.) Call is shared with other providers from VA Central Western MA Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2020.

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. Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Physical requirements outlined below. Preferred Experience: Board certified in Internal Medicine or Family Practice with at least 3 years of experience. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 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: Must be physically and mentally capable of performing the duties of the position. This would include the following: light lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking 8 hours; standing 8 hours; repeated bending (1 hour); hearing (aid permitted).

Education

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA Physician Brochure. Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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