This is a full-time position at the VA Montana Health Care System (VA MT HCS). The physician will be located at one of the following sites: Fort Harrison Medical Center, Billings, or Missoula Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The physician will provide cardiology services for inpatients and outpatients at VA Montana Health Care System (VA MT HCS) at Fort Harrison Medical Center, outpatients at Billings or Missoula Community Base Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). 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), 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. Preferred Experience: Prefer minimum of 5 years experience, with program development experience. A current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine and be board certified/eligible in Cardiology. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification required. The physician must be qualified to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with cardiac disease according to standard, usual, and acceptable methods and techniques. 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: You must pass a pre-employment physical exam. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.Periods of sitting, standing and walking. Tasks may include some light lifting, bending, stooping and work in front of a computer ["Partnership with Eastern Colorado and Salt Lake City VA Healthcare Systems Cardiology departments provides opportunity for collaboration with higher level facilities and opportunity to travel to these hospitals on a routine basis for involvement in more complex cases/care. This collaboration creates a peer network within the VISN for support within the cardiology specialty. Clinical Duties: Perform outpatient consultations and appropriate follow-up care Perform Compensation and Pension exams and/or reviews Provide consultation services related to cardiology for the medical staff Interpret echocardiograms (including stress echoes, dobutamine echoes and transesophageal echocardiograms) Interpret Cardiac Rhythm studies Interpret event recorder studies Interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs) Supervises and interprets exercise and chemical stress tests, including stress Echocardiograms Work with and assist mid-level providers in the cardiology clinic Supervise and manage the pacemaker program with mid-level staff Administrative Duties Participate in the educational programs for the physician staff Participate in monitoring the quality, safety and appropriateness of patient care. Participate in developing and updating policies and procedures specific to Cardiology. Demonstrate ethical conduct and serve as a positive role model to others at all levels of the organization. Participate in quality assurance programs and chart reviews. Attend Medical Service staff meetings and Medical/Dental Staff meetings. Complete medical records in accordance with Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of the Medical Staff. Participate in Medical Staff committee assignments as determined by Associate Chief of Staff for Hospital and Specialty Medicine services (ACOS H&SM) Perform other duties assigned by the ACOS H&SM. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized\nPay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: To be determined"]
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