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. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Must have current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Note: Copy of current certification must be provided prior to establishing entry on duty date. Preferences: Board Eligible in Internal Medicine, Family Practice or Occupational Medicine. Experience with Compensation & Pension and/or environmental exposure exams preferred. 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: VA Directive and Handbook 5019, applicants must be able to perform the duties as a Physician. Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), moderate carrying (under 15 to 44 lbs), straight pulling (1 hour), pushing (1 hour), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing without aid, mental and emotional stability, working closely with others. ["This announcement reflects a closing date of September 29, 2023. We will accept application packets on an on-going basis; however, qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official at two-week intervals. The first referral will be two weeks from the opening date of the announcement. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks is one of the leading health care systems serving Veterans in the South Central VA Health Care Network. We're an innovative care center within the Veterans Integrated Service Network 16 (VISN 16), which includes medical centers and clinics in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, southeast Texas, and northwest Florida. We provide you with health care services at 8 locations in northwest Arkansas, southwest Missouri and eastern Oklahoma. Facilities include our Fayetteville VA Medical Center and 7 community-based outpatient clinics in Fort Smith, Harrison, and Ozark, Arkansas; Branson, Springfield, and Joplin, Missouri; and Jay, Oklahoma. This position is located at the Ozark, Arkansas Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Fayetteville is nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, and is an outdoor paradise with hiking, golf, fishing, rafting, boating, and four distinct seasons. Fayetteville is the home of the University of Arkansas \"Razorbacks\" which provides the community with a college atmosphere. The area is home to several fortune 500 businesses such as Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, and J. B. Hunt Trucking, who have been generous benefactors for the community and the arts. In the neighboring community of Bentonville, Crystal Bridges Museum has been labeled as one the top 10 must see places in America. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): 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. EDRP Authorized: Contact Jennifer Isbell-Gross, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance, firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid 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) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Duties include but may not be limited to the following: 1. Performs and records history and physical examinations and records data from clinic visits. 2. Enters progress notes in computerized medical record and completes workload documentation in a timely manner. 3. Provides timely follow-up on results, including completion of view alerts. 4. Completes Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQ) to provide medical information for C&P disability examinations, as requested by VBA, in support of disability claims adjudication. 5. Completes C&P disability examinations, following established process/procedure as outlined in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) office of Disability and Medical Assessment (DMA) Compensation and Pension (C&P) Disability examinations Procedure Manual. 6. In addition to licensure and facility requirements, maintains all mandatory training specific to operation as a C&P clinician TMS C&P Provider Training DMA C& P Certification Training (TMS VA5496) DMA C&P Examination Training (TMS VA23409) DMA MST (TMS VA 23409) DMA Medical Opinions (TMS VA 24627) DMA Aggravation Opinions (TMS VA 24471) DOD Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) (TMS VA26895). DMA Gulf War Gen Med Exam (TMS VA24549) 7. Consults other specialties as appropriate, according to service agreements. 8. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m."]
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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.