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. 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 preferred, Board Eligible accepted. Experience working in an Outpatient Clinic. 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 a pre-employment physical. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4. Far visions correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted. ["Please consider joining the Evansville Health Care Center and enjoying the beautiful atmosphere and opportunities in Evansville, IN. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Repayment of qualified student loans over a 5-year period, up to $200,000 Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Audrey West, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance at Audrey.West@va.gov. 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 Duties include, but are not limited to: The Occupational/Environmental Health/C&P Physician will be responsible for generating C&P exam reports utilizing CAPRI/CPRS templates; diction templates and/or other methods as approved by the Section Chief, C&P Service - for the official record of the Veteran's C&P and Integrated Disability Examination Evaluation System (IDES) examinations. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate Veterans served by the MG-HCS in the C&P department. Demonstrates leadership in the C&P Service and demonstrates the ability to work effectively between the Veteran Health Administration (VHA) and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). Uses effective decision-making and leadership in the application of the C&P evaluation of the Veteran. Review completed exams for quality using clinical knowledge and skillset for rating purposes. Reviews all medical records inclusive of service treatment records, current medical treatment records, all private medical records, VBMS & Virtual records when requested by the Regional Office in evaluating and submitting medical opinions for the Veterans disability claims. Works co-operatively with all inter-disciplinary staff, administrative staff, case managers, etc. Encounter all disability exams into CPRS local system after each evaluation has been released to the various Regional Offices as means of providing feedback to Veterans. Responds to emails from Raters, requests for addendums/clarifications and addressing any insufficiencies in a timely manner. Performs C&P examinations according to VBA Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) and maintains and acceptable examination report performance, quality of evaluations will be checked twice a year to maintain FPPE/OPPE privileges. Assists the Section Chief, Occupational/Environmental Health/Compensation and Pension Service, with the development and implementation of new programs, studies and policies for the C&P Service department only in accordance with Central Office directives and policies for C&P Services. Formally or informally teaches staff about topics relating to C&P. Teaches Veterans about the C&P process in an effort for them to gain better insight into the disability process and their medical disabilities for improving lifestyle. Maintains CME certification & all training requirements to include, but not limited to, TMS & DMA, including required BCLS. Completes administrative exams, mandatory exams, medical surveillance, on the job injuries/illnesses, exposures or other work-related health care needs provides patient/family teaching. Track issues related to employee exposures including blood borne pathogens, on the job illnesses and injuries, health care worker immunization status, TB screening, and medical surveillance, and other employee health and safety issues as directed by facility policy and regulatory guidelines. Track and report facility compliance with guidelines and directives of VHA and regulatory agencies. The Physician performs history & physical examinations & evaluations on new employees & annual occupational exam on existing employees. The Occupational/Environmental Health/Compensation and Pension Physician orders appropriate diagnostic studies & acts within the guidelines & quality indicators. Actively involved with Flu program and the ongoing Covid-19 surveillance program. This position reports to the Section Chief, Occupational/Environmental Health/Compensation and Pension. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. May include extended hours based on patient needs."]
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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.
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