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: Performing initial medical histories and physical examinations Experience providing comprehensive primary care including gender specific care for women of all ages Providing and coordinating comprehensive care for assigned patients Managing medical problems to include writing orders for medications for stable medical conditions and treating minor illness; ordering laboratory tests; ordering imaging tests; adhering diets and over-the-counter medications and supplies; reviewing diagnostic tests; reports and consults Observing and recording patient's medical progress, updating and summarizing medical records, and changing orders when appropriate Write prescriptions in accordance with Federal and State law and as allowed by the Scope of Practice Acting on clinical reminders Performing medication reconciliation 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 to Moderate lifting under 15-44 pounds; up to heavy carrying from under 15 to 45 pounds and over; reaching above the shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking up to 4 hours; standing up to 4 hours; climbing, use of legs and arms; both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other eye; both eyes required; depth perception needed; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; hearing (aid may be permitted) ["The Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center is looking for a full-time Physician to provide care to female veterans in our Women's Health Center. This is a Model 3 clinic which provides comprehensive primary care for females, within a multidisciplinary Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Model including clinical pharmacy, primary care mental health, social work and nutrition and food services. Medical care is delivered in accordance with current clinical practice guidelines with attention to prevention via utilization of evidence-based clinical decision-making tools. The designated Women's Health Primary Care Physician will perform outpatient duties and management of scheduled and unscheduled patients, Monday through Friday & extending hour clinics (including weekend clinics), accountable for adhering to established policies and standards of care/standards of practice in evaluating, tracking, and following up on patient care. Duties include, but are not limited to providing ongoing, continuous patient-centered care of Women Veterans Primary Care needs; performing and documenting physical exams, health assessments, diagnoses, management in a timely manner using the electronic medical record; utilizes health assessment information and critical thinking to identify health concerns, risks, normal and abnormal states of health, and formulates differential diagnoses; serves as a clinical leader of the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) and collaborates with PACT staff to develop personal health plans that incorporates care management and care coordination appropriate to the patient's needs; participates in huddles and team meetings to coordinate care; understands and advocates for the unique challenges of the female veteran population incorporating a psychosocial and culturally sensitive healthcare delivery model; demonstrates excellence in customer service via compassionate and informs interpersonal relationships with women veterans, family members and staff. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Demetrius.Roberts@va.gov, 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, 8:00am to 4:30pm with possible extended hours and weekend rotations"]
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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.