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. 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. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Note: Copy of current certification must be submitted prior to entering on duty. Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification. Note: Copy of current certification must be submitted prior to entering on duty. Preferences: Board certified at least once in cardiovascular disease, interventional 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: Placement in this position is subject to meeting the physical requirements of this position. Pre-placement medical examination is required: Functional Requirements. Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over. Straight pulling (< 1 hour). Reaching above shoulder. Use of fingers. Both hands required. Walking (4 hours). Standing (3 hours). Kneeling (< 1 hour). Repeated bending (<1 hour). Climbing, legs only (<1 hour). 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. ted or irregular hours of work. ["Shreveport offers you the 'lagniappe', which means a little something extra! Shreveport-Bossier City is situated on the Red River in northwest Louisiana. Commonly known as the 'Ark-La-Tex', the point where Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet. The Shreveport-Bossier City area is home to Barksdale Air Force Base, as well as numerous colleges and universities, theaters, lakes, golf courses, beautiful housing areas, churches, and great schools. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment 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 recruiting for a full-time permanent board certified/board eligible Cardiologist (Interventional Cardiologist). The physician should demonstrate the ability to work well with a large, diverse, and dedicated patient care staff. The position includes a faculty appointment at the affiliated Louisiana State University Health and Science Center commensurate with qualifications. Other responsibilities include but not limited to: Duties will include clinical practice, and teaching Cardiology fellows, residents, and medical students. Performs inpatient or outpatient cardiovascular consultation services. As with all our cardiology providers, he or she will be expected to contribute as needed to the support of general cardiology service. Perform standard diagnostic and cardiovascular procedures that may include, but not limited to percutaneous diagnostic right and left cardiac catheterization, radial and femoral access, coronary angioplasty and intervention, IABP and Impella insertion, right heart oximetry, temporary pacing and permanent device implantation, direct current cardioversions, stress (chemical and exercise) echocardiography and interpretation, trans-esphogeal echocardiogram performance and interpretation, trans-thoracic echocardiogram interpretation, tele-echocardiogram interpretation, electrocardiogram interpretation, Holter monitor and ambulatory rhythm interpretation and exercise and chemical stress treadmill testing, with and without nuclear imaging. Experience in peripheral vascular intervention is preferred. Structural heart disease intervention and/or venous intervention training desirable. Reviews physical requirements and conducts physical examination of various categories of military and civilian personnel. Serves as academic faculty for cardiovascular fellowship training program. Provides medical consultative services and chart review for quality assurance purposes or risk management. Teaching responsibilities as assigned and approved, including effectiveness in teaching, monitoring and coordination of educational activities including planning, evaluating, and documenting. Will perform history and physical examination, evaluate problems, and define the appropriate therapeutic approach. This physician will see outpatients in the outpatient clinics at the Overton Brooks VAMC. Will demonstrate the skill and knowledge necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served, including the ability to identify patient needs, and to provide the care needed to promote improvement. Responsible for support, cooperation, and participation in meeting the goals and objectives of the Medical Care Cost Recovery Program. This includes assuring the cooperation of subordinates in performing tasks which may directly or indirectly contribute to the accomplishment of the MCCR collection goals and the fulfillment of the requirements of Public Laws, VA Directives, legislation, and local initiatives which govern the MCCR program. Perform other duties as assigned within their scope of practice. 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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