Geriatrics Physician - Geriatrics and Extended Care
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Topeka, Kansas
Internal Number: 660768800
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. Preferred Experience: Geriatric Medicine, Primary Care, General Internal Medicine with Geriatric patient experience. Preferred board certified in Geriatrics. 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: The population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18 to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. Eastern Kansas Health Care System is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical and psychiatric inpatients and outpatients. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing and lifting of at least 50 pounds. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Approved/Authorized (Maybe approved up to 15% of salary)\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized - EDRP is a program that will reimburse the applicant for up to $200,000 in student loans over 5 years.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Julie Steakley at email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, between the hours of 7:30am - 4:00pm or 8:00am - 4:30pm.\nPay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\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 Geriatrics and Extended Care - Geriatrics physician independently provides clinical services to eligible veterans. Services are provided at the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System (Leavenworth and Topeka VAMCs), through outpatient and inpatient Medical Center programs. He/ She is required to be adept at interpersonal skills, working closely and collaborating with not only with the veteran but also family, significant others, community agencies, and other interdisciplinary staff. He/ She will adhere to all Medical Staff bylaws, and Medical Center policies. Duties include but are not limited to: (1) The Geriatrics and Extended Care - Geriatrics physician may be responsible for the following based on their training and scope of practice:\n(a) Providing outpatient care in Geriatric Primary Care (GeriPACT) Clinic.\n(b) Providing Palliative Care services in the inpatient or outpatient setting.\n(c) Providing clinical or administrative services in the outpatient Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program.\n(d) Providing Medical care for Residents in the Community Living Centers.\n(e) Providing Medical Director services for Community Living Center, HBPC or GeriPACT clinic.\n(f) Providing Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services and/or occasional coverage.\n(g) Providing coverage for other Physicians at either campus during leave.\n(h) Providing minimal call coverage for Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC). (2) The Geriatrics and Extended Care - Geriatrics physician work closely with the patients, their families and all Geriatrics and Extended Care team members which include:\n(a) Physical Therapists\n(b) Occupational Therapists\n(c) Recreational Therapists\n(d) Speech Pathologists (e) Social workers,\n(f) Mid-level providers (ARNP, PA)\n(g) Consulting providers (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners)\n(h) Prosthetics personnel\n(i) Audiologists (3) The Geriatrics and Extended Care - Geriatrics physician may be responsible for the teaching of Geriatric fellow physicians, resident physicians or students from the University of Kansas Medical Center, and to directly supervise all clinical activities of resident physicians. (4) The Geriatrics and Extended Care - Geriatrics physician participate in administration, committees, and the general teaching functions as delegated. Education and Career Development: Provides opportunities for professional continuing education through journal clubs, case presentations, workshops, and conferences. Participates in the Geriatric fellow and various specialty resident trainee program if active. Ensures that Geriatric fellows and residents receive education and training consistent with the requirements of the affiliated medical school and of the ACGME and AAPM&R residency review committee. This is an open continuous announcement until June 16, 2023. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as they are received."]
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