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Service Chief - Physician-Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service-OCA
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Huntington, West Virginia
Internal Number: 668298100
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. Learn more. 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. 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: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is authorized for this position.\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Is authorized for this position.\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized for this position.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact CORA PRICHARD, the EDRP Coordinator @ firstname.lastname@example.org for questions/assistance.\nPay: 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 Physician-Chief of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service will be responsible for all aspects of administrative and clinical duties in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. The incumbent will manage quality assurance and improvement activities for all programs and ensures compliance with all applicable Joint Commission , American Association of Blood Banks, FDA, and VA standards. The incumbent has programmatic oversight and shared responsibility for the staff assigned duties within Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service programs. Has staff authority for resource allocations within Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. Ensures efficient operation of all sections within Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. Prepares annual Budget Call for all sections within the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. Monitors and oversees Fund Control Points as assigned d. Seeks additional resources as warranted, with use of data-driven criteria in support of all requests. Manages the Human Resource aspects of all section operations, including hiring and disciplinary action, Labor/Management relations, performance appraisals, and professional boarding procedures for various disciplines. Monitors and reports to facility and VISN leadership regarding status of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Performance Measures for the Medical Center, with preparation and implementation oversight for any corrective actions necessary. Consults with and serves as a resource for other service lines and facility leadership concerning the need for the development of services. Assists the Chief of Staff, as needed, in administrative oversight for the development of newly funded programs. Coordinates the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine response in the event of critical occurrences of violence at the facility, disasters, and/or mass casualty occurrences. Develops responses to controlled correspondence at the Medical Center, VISN, and VACO levels, inclusive of responding to elected representatives and the OIG Hotline concerning patient care and other matters of public interest. Stretch assignments as delegated that include: Acting Chief of Staff when delegated such responsibilities. Provides diagnostic laboratory services for beneficiaries according to his/her credentialing. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm with occasional travel to CBOCs."]
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.