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 and recent telehealth experience. 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: VA Handbook 5019/1, Part II, Pre-Placement Physical Examination and Evaluation. ["Major duties and responsibilities include but not limited to: Essential Administrative (Supervisory) Responsibilities (30% of time) Provides direct administrative and professional supervision for Psychiatrists at the SE Community Base Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Will work collaboratively with a peer MH Section Chief at this location and may provide interim supervision of other MH disciplines. Has line and staff authority for resource allocations within this area. Ensures efficient operation of the applicable areas of the CBOC. Responsibilities include supervision of staff, professional management, and administrative responsibilities that are complex in scope. Decisions are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. The incumbent reports to the ACOS, Mental Health but largely operates on a day-to-day basis in an independent manner, with full responsibility to keep the supervisor apprised of activities and any issues in need of close collaboration. Other Administrative (Supervisory) and Responsibilities (15% of time) Broad responsibility for a mental health section within a large VA health care system. Responsibilities may span Primary Care, Mental Health, Specialty Care, Extended Care and Rehabilitative Services. Full responsibility for the professional practice of psychiatry, including services conducted by trainees, consultants and para-professional staff, and ensuring that all psychiatrists within the SE CBOC meet the requirements. Consults with and serves as a resource for other professional staff concerning the need for the development of mental health services. As such, serves on the Mental Health Executive Committee. Contact on a regular and recurring basis with individuals representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. Serves on Medical Center or Health Care System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. Actively participates in leadership roles within state and national professional organizations. Clinical Responsibilities (50% of time) Provides a full range of and face-to-face and tele-psychiatric clinical services including assessment, referrals for other mental health & medical services, coordination of care, admitting patients when necessary, psychotherapy as appropriate to his/her training, and psychopharmacology as clinically indicated. Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others. Provides consultation to professional staff within the Phoenix VA Health Care System and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients. Develops, implements, and documents the treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. Participates in on call duties as assigned. Academic/Teaching/Training: (5% of time) Must be willing to hold faculty appointment at an affiliated university. Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training. Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staff assigned to this section. Is involved in the training of medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. Research/Program Evaluation (0% time) - If applicable Oversee the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements within programs using data-driven, quality assurance processes. Responsible for timely completion of all program evaluations and documents required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, VISN, and VACO, ensuring compliance with appropriate accrediting bodies (such as The Joint Commission) and monitoring entities (such as NEPEC), as appropriate. Consults with others to offer research guidance and to stimulate new research directions. Plans and oversees the completion of personal research programs, designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches. (If applicable) Presents outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings. Prepares RFP's and grant proposals as needed."]
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