Specialty Care Clinical Ultrasound Director / Emergency Physician
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Syracuse, New York
Internal Number: 670527400
The Syracuse VAMC is seeking an Emergency Care Physician / Specialty Care Clinical Ultrasound Director to care for our veterans in the Emergency Department. 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: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service. Determined by the position. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: 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 A Clinical Ultrasound Director duties and responsibilities at the Syracuse VA Medical Center: Provide oversight for specialty care line providers for any non-radiology/cardiology Clinical Ultrasound. This includes but is not limited to the of Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, and Internal Medicine. Develop and ensure compliance to overall program goals: educational, clinical, financial, and academic. Design and manage an appropriate credentialing and privileging program for physicians and/or residents within the group. Design and implement in-house and/or out sourced educational programs for all residents and attending physicians involved in the credentialing program. Monitor and document physician privileges, educational experiences, ultrasound scans, and CME. Develop, maintain, and improve an adequate QA process in which physician scans are reviewed for quality in a timely manner and from which feedback is generated. Develop and monitor an appropriate ultrasound machine maintenance care plan to ensure quality and cleanliness. Close supervision, education and coordination of the point of care ultrasound for fellows, medical residents and medical students when in rotation on these services. Close collaboration with our University Affiliate to promote our missions of education, research, and development of our fellows in training to use evidenced based medical care. Collaboration with the physician extenders and nursing care providers in point of care ultrasound. Be a resource for Family Med providers to assist in the timely care of patients and appropriate use of ultrasound. Provide expertise in multispecialty and patient care related discussions. As a staff physician in the Acute & Specialty Care ICC and Emergency Medicine subspecialty sections, you will be encouraged to participate in the development or on-going research, quality improvement and teaching as it relates to your professional interests. Perform and assist clinical procedures as necessary within the Emergency Medicine Section. Function as an active member of the Emergency Medicine Department of the Syracuse Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Obtain and Maintain Emergency Medicine board certification and training. You will be expected to actively participate in the Emergency Medicine meetings as well as other committees as requested by the Medical Center Director, Chief of Staff, and/or Chief of Medicine or Chief of Emergency Medicine sections. You will be expected to follow the Medical Staff bylaws and will complete all medical records timely through CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System) in accordance with VA Policies and Regulations. All attending physicians are expected to participate in ongoing process improvements within their specific areas of expertise thereby promoting quality, efficiency, patient safety and timely access to care for our veteran patients. All Acute & Specialty service providers are asked to become involved in teaching residents and undergraduate medical students within their areas of expertise. All physicians are actively engaged in completing quarterly chart reviews and other quality assurance work within the department. Will ensure timely record completion for all patients as outlined in the Department. All physicians are expected to attend quarterly General Medical Staff meetings and monthly Acute/Specialty Care ICC Department staff meetings when you are on duty. You will also be expected to promote a cooperative and collegial environment within your area. You may be asked to have direct oversight of care rendered by a physician extender within your area. You will be expected to collaborate with Nursing, pharmacy, and all other ancillary personnel throughout the facility as needed to ensure processes are created for the safe, reliable delivery of chemotherapeutic care. Work Schedule: TBD, 40 hours per week. Duties will be split between Ultrasound and Emergency Medicine."]
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.