This is an open-continuous announcement and will remain open until September 29, 2023, or until the position is filled (if a selection is made and offer accepted, announcement will be closed). Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official every two weeks from the opening date of the announcement. Location opportunities will vary. 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. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Must possess and maintain all required licensures and certifications for continued employment. Preference: Board certification/board eligible Physiatrist or Anesthesiologist. Interest and experience in advanced Pain Medicine Rehabilitation including Complex Spasticity Management and Concussion Pain Management, as well as some related VHA Opioid Pain Management. Completion of a Pain fellowship with specialty board certification. Possess excellent General Physiatrist or Anesthesiologist evaluation and management skills as well a strong partner. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Use of fingers; Walking ( 4 hours); Standing (1 hours); Depth perception; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional stability. Environmental Factors: Working closely with others ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VHA Physician Total Rewards Relocation/Recruitment Incentives (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized for highly qualified candidates. Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized. 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. Contact Vickie Delforte, email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more. 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 (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 Major Duties and Responsibilities: Develop and implement complex, goal-oriented treatment plans for complex patients in need of interdisciplinary Pain Medicine rehabilitation. Provide comprehensive evaluation and management of complex Pain Management including both medication management, advanced fluoro guided injection, intrathecal pain pump evaluation and management, Pain Ketamine infusions etc. Provide fluoro guided spine joint injections and other intramuscular injections as indicated to facilitate the rehabilitation process. Effectively evaluate patients with history of recent and remote pain syndromes and provide treatment for common manifestations of Pain Syndrome such as headache and insomnia, musculoskeletal pain. Write sound VHA Safe Narcotic guided prescriptions for required syndromes, safe drug holidays, etc. Effectively provides diagnostic evaluation, examination, and interdisciplinary treatment planning to meet complex Pain and general musculoskeletal rehabilitative needs of Veterans. Serve as a medical provider of the Pain rehabilitation team participating in continued readiness for our continued Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as well as ongoing monitoring of outcome trends including but not limited to Pain goals, functional outcomes, and efficiencies of obtaining functional goals. Confidently and professionally collaborates with a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary team of Pain providers including, APRN/RNs, psychologists, social workers, other physicians, nurses, etc. to meet a patient's complex Pain Medicine rehabilitative needs. Fulfil the educational mission of VA by providing bedside and didactic teaching for students, residents, and fellows. Collect data, analyze data, implement changes based on analyses results in their specialty area. Participate in facility, regional, and national activities as a subject matter expert as needed to support the overall VA mission to provide outstanding comprehensive healthcare. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm."]
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