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Physician (Chief Of Medicine)

Harlingen, TX, USA | USA Government

  • Industry:
    Government / Military
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is 6/9/2020. Additional applications will be referred as needed.

The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System is recruiting for a Chief of Medicine, who is responsible of the overall operation of the Medicine Service, and whose mission is to provide a continuum of quality care to our Veterans in the area Medicine.

The incumbent oversees the clinical aspects of Medicine Service department, including budget and fiscal management, human resource management, strategic planning, and program development, assuring that the clinical and administrative functions are integrated in order to provide optimum utilization of the available resources. The Chief ensures the quality and timeliness of the services provided, customer satisfaction, as well as compliance with standards of accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission and the Inspector General's Combined Assessment Program. The incumbent ensures appropriate use of available resources and is responsible for inspiring, motivating, and guiding Medicine Service staff in achieving the strategic goals and plans of the service. The Chief collaborates with other Service Chiefs and program managers in fulfilling their responsibilities.

The Chief, Medicine Service will also function as a provider in their specialty. The incumbent will be responsible for the overall medical care of patients with conditions requiring treatment in their specialty to include consultative, prescriptive and ordering authority in the outpatient setting at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System. The incumbent ensures the quality and timeliness of the services provided and collaborates with referring providers.

The Chief, Medicine Service accomplishes the health care delivery mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs in general. Services provided are subject to scrutiny by Congressional interests, service organizations, the general public and the media. The Chief, Medicine Service is to be a physician, board certified or board eligible in their specialty, having completed an appropriate residency or fellowship. Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support is required. Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification is recommended.

Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position, you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. If selected for this position, please contact the facility EDRP Coordinator.

U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Designated and/or random drug testing required

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

You may be required to serve a probationary period

Subject to a background/security investigation

Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Must pass pre-employment physical examination


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.

Service Chief Requirements: A Service Chief physician must demonstrate the following:

Outstanding professional ability in the practice of medicine or a medical specialty;

Ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within their respective domain. These programs would include, but are not limited to medical practice, professional standards, personnel issues, quality and performance improvement.

Preferred Experience:

At least five years of professional service chief experience, preferably in VA or the Department of Defense.

At least three years of experience in budget and fiscal management, resource management, strategic planning and program development as Service Chief.

Advanced skills to formulate general policies, procedures, standards, goals and objectives for the Service.

Advanced skill and knowledge of coordinating and integrating interdepartmental functions of Medicine Service.

Working knowledge of regulations and preparation of accreditation surveys. e.g., The Joint Commission, OIG, CARF.

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 Chief of Medicine Service Line position will require light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (6 hours); standing (6 hours); repeated bending 2 hours; operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental/emotional stability; ability to perform privileges granted; independently performs physical exam as appropriated to position; and cognitive stability.


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