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Physician (Hospitalist)

Company: US Department of Veteran Affairs
Location: Tuscaloosa
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Job Description:

The Hospitalist is a staff physician responsible for maintaining professional, technical and administrative knowledge, competencies and skills to provide effective, timely and quality responses to patients who present themselves with acute or emergent health care problems during regular normal business hours, as well as, weekends, holidays, evenings and nights (WHEN), based on coverage needs. The incumbent is responsible for overall clinical leadership during on WHEN duty hours and ensures the quality of medical and mental health services provided, the education and training of professional staff, and the safety and ethical conduct of medical research conducted on patients assigned under purview. A comprehensive skill set of clinical and administrative expertise is required to meet the needs of widespread rural health patient populations. The incumbent must demonstrate knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers. The incumbent may be required to collaborate with one or more advance practice nurses or physicians assistants. The incumbent is a physician and serves as the primary point of accountability in the service and maximizes the efficient use of available resources. The physician maintains high clinical standards that are carried into decision-making processes and maintain BLS certification. All physicians comply with credentialing and privileging and required monitoring and evaluation criteria. The physicians comply with current standards for medical record documentation. The incumbent will provide medical coverage for the entire VA medical facility. Duties include: The incumbent will provide professional patient care approximately 80% of the time and administrative duties 20% of the time. The duties and responsibilities of the hospitalist physician include but are not limited to the following:

  • Functioning as facility's medical officer for weekends, holidays, evenings or nights (WHEN).
  • Providing admission and discharge management for inpatient units outside of regular administrative hours.
  • Working with clinical staff, supervisors, managers and team leaders in the facility to achieve and maintain high standards of performance.
  • Obtaining certification to perform administrative reviews to complete Compensation & Pension (C&P) Disability Benefits Questionnaires through record review.
  • Participating in the development of long and short-term goals for the continued improvement of medical services throughout the organization.
  • Functioning as advisor to the Chief of Staff, Associate Director, Associate Director for Nursing and Patient Care Services, and Facility Director on issues related to the provision of direct patient care during WHEN duty hours.
  • Functioning as a collaborating provider for Advance Practice Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, as needed.
  • Participating on Medical Center committees, workgroups and systems redesign projects, as needed.
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of services to patients during WHEN hours.
  • Facilitating compliance with standards established by oversight and regulatory entities such as Joint Commission, CARF, OSHA, CAP, OIG, etc.
  • Providing coverage as Employee Health Physician during WHEN hours.
  • Ensuring timely completion of all program evaluations and documents associated with clinical care reviews and medical advisory opinions by the Medical Center, VISN, and/or VACO.
  • Ensuring that Reusable Medical Equipment systematic processes are utilized.
  • Complying with the Green Environmental Management System goals. The incumbent is responsible for the completion of the environmental aspect/impact analysis in collaboration with the GEMS Coordinator, for effective implementation of the operational strategies developed through the GEMS program to ensure regulatory compliance, and for improving environmental performance within her/her service. Also the incumbent shall consider environmentally preferable and recycled products in all purchasing decisions.
  • Complying with Cultural Transformation & Patient Centered Care goals. The incumbent will reinforce perception of excellent care through cultural transformation and patient centered cultural improvement projects. The incumbent will indirectly and directly provide efforts to support a cultural change and patient centered culture at TVAMC. Preferred Experience: Board certification (examples include: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine). Work Schedule: Full Time Financial Disclosure Report: Not RequiredBasic 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.
    • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
    • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
    • Physical requirements outlined below. 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: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ( ). Functional requirements include moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); moderate carrying (15-44 lbs); walking and standing and standing for 2 to 4 hours; Both legs required; Both eyes required Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; (hearing aid permitted). Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
      • Resume VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists & Chiropractors can be found at: The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.

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