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Job Title: Physician (Chief Spinal Cord Injury)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Diego, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/09/2018
Expire Date: 04/10/2018
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Job Description
Physician (Chief Spinal Cord Injury)
The Department of Veterans Affairs, VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), is seeking a Chief for our Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Service. This Service is a designated Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) Center, which serves Veterans and active duty personnel with SCI/D in San Diego and Imperial Counties, Arizona, and Southern Nevada. The SCI/D Center is the primary SCI/D consultation and specialty center for the Prescott, Tuscon, and Phoenix VA facilities. We are currently recruiting for a distinguished clinician with demonstrated leadership experience to be our next SCI/D Chief. This recruitment comes at a time when we just received approval to construct a new state of the art facility to house our SCI/D program. With construction beginning in 2018-2019, this will be an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to guide the evolution and continued excellence of our programs.

VASDHS is also closely affiliated with the University of California, San Diego which is recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report.

The Chief, SCI major duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Provides direct leadership, programmatic management, and administrative oversight to the SCI/D Service and its staff. Directs and coordinates the medical care of patients with SCI/D. Establishes guidelines, policies and procedures for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with SCI/D. Serves as the Chief Medical Officer for admission screening and discharge planning.
  • Works in conjunction with SCI/D Physician Assistants in the daily medical management of patients with SCI/D admitted for acute rehabilitation, annual SCI/D evaluations, acute medical or surgical care, or respite care. This includes daily rounds, documents of progress notes as outlined in the VASDHS Plan for Provision of Care, management of weekly Interdisciplinary Team conferences, referral for appropriate medical specialty consultations, and overall management of the delivery of SCI/D care to each patient.
  • Sees patients with SCI/D in the SCI Outpatient Clinic and provides medical primary care for eligible patients in the outpatient setting. This includes outpatient Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) rehabilitation patients with SCI/D and serves as the Rehab Team Leader, working closely with the SCI Outpatient CARF Case Manager and other identified team members.
  • Promotes expansion and utilizes SCI/D telehealth services as appropriate for inpatient and outpatient care such as admission and discharge hand-offs, family/team conferences, home telehealth care, clinical video telehealth care, etc.
  • Ensures visits from SCI/D Center (Hub) to the SCI/D Spokes in Arizona are conducted to maintain standards of practice through the continuum of care of patients with SCI/D. Key aspects of SCI/D care at the Spokes are evaluated (access to care, accessibility, resources, staffing, equipment, etc.) to facilitate the coordination of care between the SCI/D Hub and Spokes and, if needed, provides suggestions for improvement.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains a program of research that addresses topics of importance to patients with SCI/D. Actively participates in identification of avenues of novel SCI/D research as well as design of appropriate methodology and analytical approaches. Facilitates translation of research findings into improved patient outcomes.
  • Participates in patient and staff education and peer review. Completes quarterly physician quality review audits (six charts per quarter) which specifically look at entering progress notes, discharge summaries, discharge instructions, clinical reminders, and Admission H&Ps in a timely manner.
  • Reviews performance data, stakeholder information, any new SCI/D Program, and VA-wide strategic initiatives to formulate strategic planning for SCI Service in the form of long-term goals and initiatives pertinent to the care of patients with SCI/D. Determines if any issues, trends, challenges, etc. need to be addressed in the strategic plans.
  • Serves as a key clinical resource for the VASDHS Director and Chief of Staff and is part of the clinical leadership team of the VASDHS.

Work Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Tour of duty may be discussed upon selection. Night, holiday, and weekend work may be required, serving as the primary physician on-call for 1 week every 4th week (as part of the shared call schedule with the three other SCI physicians) to cover the patients admitted to the SCI Service. On-call duty is localized on pager with daily rounds on the assigned weekends and holidays.
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.
Preferred Experience:
  • Meet requirements to obtain and maintain academic appointment with our affiliate university, University of California San Diego (UCSD).
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Physiatry, Neurology, Internal Medicine, or Surgery (Orthopedic, Urology, etc.). Subspecialty board certification in Spinal Cord Injury is desirable.

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: Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Bending/stooping; Twisting; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Hearing aid permitted; Mental and Emotional Stability required.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the below documents:

1. Resume/CV.
2. VA Form 10-2850, Application for Physician (Available at https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-2850-fill_BAK.pdf).
3. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
4. IF current/former Federal employee, you MUST include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. You may obtain this from your current Human Resources office or your e-Official Personnel Folder. The SF-50 must display: Title, Pay Plan, Occ Code, Grade, tenure, and Position Occupied. This includes ICTAP/CTAP documentation for displaced Federal employees, to include a copy of the agency notice in addition to your last SF-50.

5. IF prior military service, you MUST include a copy of your DD-214 Form for each period of service (Member-4 copy showing type of discharge and dates of service). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability must also submit a copy of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833. If you are on terminal leave from active duty, attach a letter from your commander indicating the data of discharge and type of discharge.

IF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE NOT PROVIDED, YOU WILL BE RATED AS INELIGIBLE. Documents 1-3 are required for every applicant, documents 4-5 are only required if they apply to you.

Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists & Chiropractors can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

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), etc.

  • 10-2850
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
Qualifications & Requirements
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.
  • 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.
Preferred Experience:
  • Meet requirements to obtain and maintain academic appointment with our affiliate university, University of California San Diego (UCSD).
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Physiatry, Neurology, Internal Medicine, or Surgery (Orthopedic, Urology, etc.). Subspecialty board certification in Spinal Cord Injury is desirable.

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.
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