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. Education: 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. License: 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. English Language Proficiency: Proficiency in spoken and written English. Due to the nature and responsibility of this position, a candidate who is a Board Certified Neurologist (or Board eligible), is necessary. Additional Preferred Experience welcome, but not required: Experience working with general neurology, multiple sclerosis, ALS or any form of neuro rehabilitation (spinal cord injury and/or disorder) in an inpatient or outpatient setting. Experience or clinical interest in new interdisciplinary neurological/neuro-rehab programs. Experience or clinical interest in interdisciplinary care of individuals with neurological conditions. 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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (6 hours); Standing (6 hours); Repeated bending (24 hours); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Mental/Emotional stability; Ability to perform privileges; Independently performs; Cognitive stability; Physical exam as appropriate to position. ["Announcement is extended until March 31, 2023 (originally closing on 11/4/22). This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT & will remain open until 03/31/23 or until all positions are filled. The first cut-off date is September 20, 2022. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Applicants will remain active for 3 months after their initial application is received and/or updated. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period. The Staff Physician, Spinal Cord Injury Service (SCI) is responsible for patient care, patient/family education, and supervision of resident physicians. Participation in clinical research is optional. Primarily evaluates patients in an outpatient clinical setting. The majority time is devoted to patient care and education, with the remaining time set aside for performance improvement activities and research to improve patient care and activities sufficient to maintain proficiency in state-of-the-art rehabilitation/medical care. Reviews SCI service consults for neuro rehab medical appropriateness Participates in managing facility wide performance measures such as access and utilization Participates in accreditation meetings or surveys as needed May serve on hospital wide committees May participate in Quality Management activities such as root cause analysis or Morbidity and Mortality conference Participates in peer review Maintains medical licensing and Board certification requirements Obtains resident supervisory privileges through medical school affiliate Operates computer technology/platforms such as power point, micro soft word, excel, teams Responds to and completes consults received for the evaluation of SCI. Performs a comprehensive, initial history and physical examination in compliance with national guidelines. Performs electromyography (EMG), injections and other tests consistent with privileges Consults other disciplines, as necessary, to complete the patient examination; e.g. Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, neuropsychological testing, audiology and speech language pathology testing, vision testing, psychosocial evaluation, etc. Carries out whole health and disease prevention activities including education, shared decision-making, and recommending complementary medical services (health coaching/massage/acupuncture) Documents care provided in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) in accordance with South Texas Veterans Health Care System requirements. Documents the detailed, targeted, initial history and physical examination required for evaluation in the electronic tool(s) required by VA. Obtains consent and documents procedures performed during clinic visits Provides education and counseling of patients with Neuro Rehab diagnoses including outcomes, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs. On call duties include weekend coverage on the inpatient rehab unit Consults other medical specialties when necessary Provides SCI Neuro Rehab telehealth consultations Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS) is required, ACLS not required) May be required to perform administrative duties required for performance measures or improvement activities, compliance with accrediting organizations, or other duties as assigned. May be required to serve as preceptor for health care students rotating through the outpatient clinics. May be required to lecture or make presentations on Neuro Rehab to clinic staff. May be required to participate in emergency preparedness activities as a result of national health disasters. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized for highly qualified individual Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized, Learn more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance 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 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0800-1630"]
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