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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Hospitalist/Nocturnist in Albany, New York

Summary Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay) Responsibilities This position is located at the Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, New York . Principal clinical responsibilities include patient care and clinical coverage of medical inpatients and patients under medical consultation. Additional duties will include evaluation and admission of medical patients from the Emergency Department and Primary / Specialty Care clinics. Duties and responsibilities are carried out in conformity with the Medical Staff bylaws of the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Albany, New York. The incumbent follows established guidelines, ethics, policies, and protocols of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Stratton VAMC and the medical profession. Each Hospitalist functions as an integral physician member of a cooperative and collegial health care team as well as the entire medical center staff. 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 GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND SCOPE OF ASSIGNED DUTIES: The Hospitalist participates in and/or manages consultatively the care of patients on the medical and surgical wards, nursing home unit, and behavioral health unit. The Hospitalist is expected to maintain good clinical, professional, and personal judgment at all times. The Hospitalist participates in quality management and other activities as directed. The Hospitalist rounds on the medical ward. The Hospitalist performs health assessments (for medical issues) for patients admitted to the inpatient Psychiatry Service as needed. The Hospitalist provides medical consultation services for psychiatric in-patients with acute or subacute medical care needs. The Hospitalist is expected to evaluate, supervise house staff, and manage clinical issues and changes, as needed, on their patients. The Hospitalist consults with the appropriate Specialty services when more specialized evaluation or intervention may be required. The Hospitalist is charged with delivering the best possible care to our veteran patients. This care must be delivered in accordance with hospital policy and meet community standards. The Hospitalist works within her or his hospital medical privileges at all times. The Hospitalist is expected to maintain current knowledge and skills. She or he must be responsible for a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic activities. She or he is expected to maintain good clinical, professional, and personal judgment at all times. The Hospitalist exercises corporate citizenship by serving as leader and/or active member on Medical Center administrative committees as requested or required. The Hospitalist participates as needed in Process and Quality Improvement projects and programs within the Medical Center. Timely documentation (notes and encounter forms) is necessary in all areas in accordance with facility policy. All administrative work must be completed in a timely fashion. x All VA administrative, clinical and quality requirements must be met on a timely basis. The Hospitalist provides admitting histories, physical examinations, orders, daily progress notes, discharge or transfer summaries, and communications to consulting providers. The Hospitalist assesses patients, order and interprets diagnostic and therapeutic tests/studies, initiates consults and referrals, and supplies in accordance with VA policy, VA formulary and State regulations. The Hospitalist works with other staff members to be part of a team that provides a consistent interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to patient care, education, and communication. The Hospitalist helps foster a single, uniformly high level of patient and staff satisfaction. The Hospitalist formulates and initiates health care teaching for hospitalized patients and their families. The Hospitalist should have familiarity with or willingness to learn standard inpatient procedures such as central lines, paracentesis, thoracentesis and lumbar puncture. Work Schedule: daytime, evening, night time and weekend tours of duty, as required. Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications Besides a commitment to providing outstanding care to hospitalized patients, in our program, every hospitalist has a prominent programmatic role in resident, medical student and other learner education. The hospitalists have more learner contact than almost any other specialty at our facility and are an essential part of our affiliated medical college's faculty. Learner evaluations are tracked program wide and are a part of each provider's formal professional evaluation. We are committed to providing on-site attending level learner supervision 24hrs a day 7 days a week and 365 days a year. In order to accomplish this we are using a pool of per diem hospitalists and sub-specialty fellow moonlighters to provide supervision during the weekend, holidays, evenings and night hours. Core faculty will be primarily responsible for daily rounds. The institution favors candidates with an academic interest in patient safety, quality of care or medical education. Contributions to the institution in the form of committee assignments and/or program development is expected. Contributions to the college are expected in the form of on-going collaborative publication particularly involving learners. Those with experience in the field of hospitalist medicine and medical education particularly those with fellowship training in hospitalist medicine, medical education and outcomes research are encouraged to apply. Opportunities for career development are supported through local college faculty development programs as well as VA regional and national professional networks where like minded individuals are encouraged to problem solve collaboratively. 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: Hospitalists must be Board Certified or Board Eligible in Internal Medicine and maintain professional competency as indicated in their delineation of privileges. All Hospitalists must maintain current American Heart Association BLS and ACLS certifications. 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: The incumbent Hospitalist should be physically and mentally capable to perform the examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan, and educate residents. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (up to 4 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. The incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable; and capable to perform the duties of the position. 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. Approved schools are: Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.] NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. ยง 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area. Additional Information 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. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.