This position is with Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) at the Robley Rex VAMC. The PM&R physiatrist, may work in consultation with inpatients who need Rehab Medicine services and in any Rehab Medicine provider outpatient clinic operated by the service including, but not limited, to Rehab Medicine, Polytrauma, Amputee, Electromyography (EMG), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), HBPC Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) 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: Highly specialized in the Spinal Cord and Rehabilitation Medicine, PMR Board certification and SCI Board certification 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: In Accordance With VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ["The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1 b facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in Central and Western Kentucky and in Southern Indiana. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The PM&R physician diagnoses, treats, and assists in the prevention of a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. They specialize in physically based rehabilitation and recovery. The PM&R physician will complete the functions as outlined below: Clinical: Responsible for upholding the philosophy and objectives of PM&RS while supporting equal opportunity.\nAccountable for adhering to established policies and procedures and for maintaining competencies consistent with assigned roles and responsibilities. Collaborates to ensure direct patient care is medically necessary and reflects applicable medical and rehabilitative standards of care. Interacts with the patient and caregiver( s) to explain therapy procedures, discuss treatment plans and motivate them to comply with indicated regimens and post discharge activities. Instructs, motivates, and assists patients to learn and improve functional activities.\nProvides clinical instruction and supervision to medical students, residents, and fellows as appropriate when conducting patient care.\nEnsures that all Rehab Medicine provider outpatient clinics run efficiently, providing timely and courteous services to all Veterans receiving rehabilitative care. All clinical inpatient and outpatient consults requesting rehabilitative services are reviewed and received according to policy.\nDocumentation of patient care and patient care encounters are completed timely per hospital policy.\nArranges and communicates the need for clinic coverage when a provider will be absent and as assigned by the Chief, PM&RS.\nOther duties as assigned by the Chief, PM&RS.\nAdministrative: Assists PM&RS to achieve excellence in all programs to include focus on financial management, resource utilization, accomplishment of strategic plans, safety, and treatment outcomes. Conducts peer reviews as assigned. As required by the Chief, PM&RS attends Service meetings and any other relevant committee meetings where PM&RS representation is required and provides input as necessary.\nPromotes performance improvement in PM&R and assists in preparation for all applicable inspections (e.g. BOC, The Joint Commission and OIG).\nMeets/Collaborates with leaders in other Services throughout the VA to promote rehabilitation services and interventions for appropriate patients.\nSupports Service, medical center, VISN and Central Office policies and procedures.\nEducational: Collaborates with other staff physicians to ensure proper education of medical students, residents, and fellows.\nProvides education to other medical center Services regarding PM&R specific programs and treatment interventions that can assist patients and improve functional outcomes.\nSafety: Demonstrates knowledge of the Environment of Care, Infection Control, and Occupational Safety and Health requirements that apply to PM&RS work areas. Takes corrective actions as necessary to eliminate safety and health hazards in the work area and reports safety hazards, accidents, and injuries to the proper authorities. Implements and monitors infection control practices for disease prevention and attends all required safety and health training as regulated by the Medical Center. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8A-4:30P"]
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.