This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Eastern Region, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 4), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Ambulatory Care, and its affiliated Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The nature of the work involves the performance of diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic services to the veteran population. The nature of the work is ambulatory care: health services provided on an outpatient basis to the veterans who visit the clinic site and depart after treatment on the same day. The purpose is to provide care for veterans with acute medical conditions or illnesses to diagnose and stabilize veterans with the primary goal of improving health. In those instances where in-inpatient care is needed, the physicians work closely with veterans and their families to transfer the veteran to the VA Medical Center or local institutions best suited to treat the Veteran. During emergency situations, the physician is trained to stabilize veterans awaiting transfer to a local emergency room. The Physician is responsible for managing the full spectrum of primary care responsibilities including admission from an outpatient site, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, consultation for patients presenting with general medicine complaints and diseases. To manage primary care patients the following will be necessary: ordering appropriate lab work, ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, requesting consultations to specialty services, providing appropriate follow-up care, and referral of patients with non-medicine complaints, diseases, and injuries to appropriate disciplines for diagnosis and treatment. The physician will work in a team setting with other physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and support staff assigned to perform duties to accomplish the treatment of veteran patients. Computer skills are essential as the Philadelphia VA Medical Center is fully computerized for note documentation, entering orders and requesting consults. Physician may be required to work at more than one PVAMC site (i.e., combination of the PVAMC and the community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) Physician may be required to work extended hours or on a weekend if the clinic is open during these non-administrative hours Major Duties and Responsibilities include but not limited to: - Reviews information from outside providers - Conducts history and physical exam - Assesses patient's clinical condition - Formulates treatment plans - Completes provider-specific clinical reminders - Reviews test and procedure results - Completes patient referrals in CPRS - Manages patient's medication (including medicine reconciliation) - Gives medical and lifestyle advice and counseling - Completes view alerts - Follows-up on patient-related information (test and procedure results, consults and medications) - Calls patients and family on the telephone - Sends and receives secure messages from patients - Discusses cases with consultants and with PACT team - Reviews and acts on non-VA medical records - Completes forms/paperwork - Participates in all PACT team meetings and other team activities - Collaborates with NP and PA providers and directs care for the panel. May also perform the following as directed by Service Chief: - Supervises and trains medical students, residents and other learners - Conducts clinical research studies - Involvement in quality management and patient safety involving primary care - Data analysis related to primary care clinical operations - Attends additional meetings and educational opportunities with Service Chief approval Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (may be required to work extended hours or on a weekend if the clinic is open during these non-administrative hours 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. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 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 Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting
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.