This is an open-continuous announcement and will remain open until September 29, 2023, or until the position is filled (if a selection is made and offer accepted, announcement will be closed). Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official every two weeks from the opening date of the announcement. Location opportunities will vary. 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. Preferences:: Successful completion of a US Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or Pain-related Specialty. At least 1 year in Pain Management. Possess a DEA certification and be X-waiver to prescribe Suboxone or Buprenorphine for up to 100 patients. 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: Placement in this position is subject to meeting the physical requirements of this position. Pre-placement medical examination is required: Functional Requirements. Light lifting, under 15 pounds. Light carrying, 45 pounds and over. Reaching above shoulder. Use of fingers. Both hands required. Walking (1 hours). Standing (1 hours). Both Legs required. Ability to 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. Hearing (aid may be permitted). Mental & emotional stability Environmental Factors Working closely with others. Working alone. Protracted or irregular hours of work. ["The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Medicine Service, Shreveport, LA, has an immediate opening for a full-time Pain Management Physician. EDRP: 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. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be offered to highly-qualified candidate. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): EDRP Authorized: Contact Robert A. Knudsen, Robert.Knudsen@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. 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 Major Duties/Responsibilities: Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is seeking a Physician for the Chronic Pain Management Clinic, located in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Physician shall be Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or Pain related specialty and provide care to Veteran patients in the Pain Management Outpatient Clinic. Additional qualifications, training, or experience in pain medicine and addiction medicine is desired but not required. The Physician will provide clinical supervision for healthcare professionals such as NP's, PA's, and other pain clinic staff. Duties of the position may include but are not limited to: The Physician will be an integral part of a multidisciplinary pain management clinic team (i.e., Primary Care, Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Pharmacy, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation). Participates in all activities pertinent to the pain management program. Will evaluate and treat patients with pain and assist with our institution's efforts towards comprehensive, effective, and safe pain management for our veterans. Will also be treating opioid use disorder with Medication Assisted Therapy medications, collaborating with our Addiction Specialist, and seeing patients for opioid risk mitigation. Provides comprehensive chronic pain evaluation and treatment recommendations in formal consultations and e-consultations. S/he is expected to order and review laboratory and other tests when appropriate. Independently uses professional judgement and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to veterans and their significant others/family members. .S/he is expected to coordinate collegially with other pain staff to develop and implement chronic pain treatment plans. Administrative duties include interacting with Mental Health, Primary Care, and specialty providers, addressing policy implementation, and providing clinical and administrative oversight. Must be competent in the management of the opioid and non-opioid treatment modalities and prescribing with use of the state prescription drug monitoring system. Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.., Monday through Friday, may be required to work unscheduled hours in case of an emergency or when on call."]
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