Physician - Hospice and Palliative Care

Department of Veterans Affairs
Iowa City, Iowa
Jul 15, 2020
Jul 15, 2021
Full Time
Position Type
In collaboration with HPC Director, common duties of the position include but are not limited to the following:
  • Provide leadership to the HPC Program.
  • Determine appropriateness and eligibility for veterans referred to HPC program.
  • Plan and direct the educational and clinical experience of medical students, residents and fellows assigned to the HPC Program.
  • Advocate for HPC with VHA leadership and the medical community.
  • Jointly select HPC Team members.
  • Provide clinical input and oversight for all patient treatment plans.
  • Readily be available to the team members for collaboration when medical or other problems arise.
  • Participate in HPC team meetings.
  • Assist in arranging physician coverage and communicating the plan of coverage to the HPC team.
  • Collaborate with other VISN leadership, and VA Central Office staff on program development issues.
  • Assume medical responsibility for HPC patients.
  • Identify the patients' medical problems.
  • Define the medical management of these problems.
  • Determine the need for consultation from medical, surgical, and/or psychiatric subspecialty clinics as well as community care.
  • Determine the need for, and facilitating, admission to the hospital.
  • Serve as collaborator for advanced practice nurses and/or physician assistants, fellows, residents and medical students.
  • Provide medical administrative support such as signing forms requiring physician signature for the HPC patients.
Work Schedule:Monday - Friday administrative hours, occasional weekend
Financial Disclosure Report:Not requiredTravel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory status
NoPromotion Potential
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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
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:The preference is that the incumbent is certified in Hospice and Palliative Care.

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:The position will require walking, standing or sitting for periods of up to 4-6 hours each day and delivering care, and providing holistic care to the veteran. This may require excessive bending, lifting, and twisting.Education
Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:


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