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. 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. Preferred Experience: Board certified in Cardiology 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: This position requires a pre-employment physical. Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. ["Cardiologist position is a VISN based position located in VISN 23, under general supervision of the VISN 23 Specialty Care Service. Serves Veterans Affairs facilities within a Veterans Integrated System Network. Expected to provide inter-professional services to facilities that are underserved due to the inability to match provider supply with demand.\nDuties include, but are not limited to: Primary duties are to provide Cardiology consultative and continuity care services at underserved or understaffed VISN facilities through a combination of virtual and in-person care. Cardiologists are responsible for providing consultation and continuing care for various forms of cardiovascular disease states, both for diagnosis and treatment in the inpatient and outpatient settings and by telehealth. Participate in the expanded use of clinical video telehealth (VVC and CVT)/electronic consultation (e-Consult) to improve access to cardiology care. Participate in the referral management process for cardiology consults Provide cardiology consultation to other health care providers, (nurse practitioners/physician assistants, medical students, and residents/fellows). Incumbent is expected to provide comprehensive patient care in the form of non-invasive, consultative, and inpatient/outpatient cardiology care. Expertise in the interpretation of EKGs, Holter monitors, stress test interpretation, tilt testing, non-invasive ICD stimulation, pacer and ICD evaluation and programming, as appropriate to the telehealth setting, are required. Central venous line insertion and management, intra-arterial line insertion and management, cardioversion, and moderate sedation privileges and fluoroscopy privileges are not required unless the Incumbent provides concurrent in-person care services. The physician is responsible for recognizing patients appropriate for referral or consultation. Clinical activities may include, but are not limited to, clinical assessment and evaluation of Inpatients and Outpatients. Health care management of assigned Veteran patients with acute and chronic illnesses. Ordering and interpreting laboratory and diagnostic studies. Consultation and referrals; Inpatients and Outpatients. Patient follow-up, as appropriate. Health promotion and disease prevention. Patient, family, and staff education and counseling. Outpatient Clinics for general and subspecialty Cardiology Patients. Cardiologists evaluate the patient to assess changes in the physical status during inpatient or outpatient care via in-person exams or telemedicine care. Documentation of every encounter will be entered into the electronic medical record, with the appropriate level of detail, with an assessment and plan for ongoing care. Any notes written by the fellow, resident, student, or midlevel provider under Cardiology supervision are reviewed by the staff Cardiologist, with corrections and additions added in an attending note, as appropriate and in a manner. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Not Authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized\nTelework: May be authorized. Position will be determined 100% telework eligible/Virtual after interview and selection made. Additional information may be provided during the interview process.\nEDRP Authorized: 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.\nPay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 49-54 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: Typically Monday -Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm CST Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel occasionally. This position can be offered as multiple work schedule available."]
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