Physician (SCI/D) Center Service Director

Department of Veterans Affairs
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 15, 2020
Jul 15, 2021
General Practice
Full Time
Position Type
The VHA SCI/D System of Care is the only healthcare system in the United States that provides lifetime care for persons with SCI/D, from diagnosis to end of life care.

The Minneapolis SCI/D Center serves as the tertiary care center for VISN 23 and serves over 1200 Veterans with traumatic and non-traumatic SCI, including MS with spinal cord involvement, ALS, and Active Duty service members. The SCI/D Center provides a full spectrum of interdisciplinary primary and specialty services throughout the Veterans' lives, including acute care following new SCI/D; comprehensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation; sustaining medical and surgical care; primary and preventive care; psychological, social, and vocational care; therapies; prosthetics and assistive technologies; Veteran and family education; research; professional training; telehealth; Whole Health care, including complementary and integrative health services; and homecare.

The Minneapolis SCI/D Center is Commission of Accredited Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited in both acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and has the distinction of being a regional MS Center of Excellence and national ALS Center of Excellence.

The SCI/D Director will oversee full management of the Spinal Cord Injury Service Line. Incumbent is responsible for working with other service lines and departments to develop and maintain service agreements to ensure high quality of care to SCI/D Veterans. Establishes and maintains a climate that fosters patient-centered services. Supports and promotes full implementation of all local, VISN and national policies and directives. Incumbent will work cooperatively with affiliated educational institutions, while also maintaining priority alliance to the needs and mission of the VA medical center. Incumbent will also collaborate with the hub and spoke system to forge and maintain working relationships and deliver timely and excellent care to SCI/D Veterans.

The SCI/D Director reports directly to the Minneapolis VAHCS Chief of Staff and will positively support the goals of the SCI/D Service Line, VA medical center, VISN 23 and VHA. Maintains and promotes high ethical, clinical and administrative standards that are carried into the decision-making process. Is responsible for developing both long- and short-term policies and plans for giving special consideration to the integration of the SCI/D Service Line within other service lines to ensure an interdisciplinary approach and a seamless health care system. Makes recommendations regarding all resource management issues, including but not limited to: personnel actions, budget, equipment, space, benchmarking issues, outreach and networking initiatives. Directly supervises clinical and administrative staff. Supports patients' rights, high quality education programs for patients and staff, supports and monitors time and attendance of staff, and supports and ensures compliance with productivity initiatives. Participates in medical center, VISN 23 and national SCI/D System of Care leadership activities. Manages service-level QI activities that monitor critical aspects of care that include CARF and JCAHO compliance.

The SCI/D Director is expected to remain privileged and practicing in his/her specialty field. The Director functions as liaison to Associate Director of Staff for Education for UME/GME issues and ensures orientation to service rotation for program trainees (residents, students, fellows). The practitioner is expected to show effectiveness in teaching, monitoring and coordinating educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision. The Minneapolis SCI/D Service Line is affiliated with the University of Minnesota and has rotations for medical students, PM&R residents and SCI fellows.

Additional Requirements

1. Board certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, or Board certification in a primary specialty with equivalent training in the care of persons with SCI/D and demonstration of clinical and administrative knowledge in SCI/D medicine enabling the candidate to successfully direct a SCI/D Service Line.

2. Present evidence of formal training and proven competence in leadership, administration, QI, and risk management (for example, executive/leadership courses for physicians, accrediting organizations) for the position of Director. Extensive and proven leadership and administrative management experience isrequired.

3. Present evidence of interest and involvement in research and teaching.

4. Qualify for a faculty appointment at the University of Minnesota.

Tour of duty is Monday - Friday with the expectation of participating in the on-call schedule

Travel is required(annually to SCI/D spoke site clinics in VISN 23 and all CBOC's within the Mpls catchment area).
Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Schedule may vary.

Travel Required
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Conditions of Employment
* U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* Designated and/or random drug testing required
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
* You may be required to serve a probationary period
* Subject to a background/security investigation
* Must be proficient in written and spoken English
* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
* Must pass pre-employment physical examination
This announcement has been extended to increase the pool of applicants. If you have previously applied you will not need to reapply.

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.
* Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
* Proficiency in spoken and written English.
* Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience:Board Certified in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

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.Education
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