Geriatrician (CLC Medical Director)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Bath, New York
Aug 14, 2020
Aug 14, 2021
Full Time
Position Type
The Finger Lakes Healthcare System at Bath, NY is recruiting for an experienced and highly qualified Board Certified/Board Eligible physician for the Geriatrics Extended Care and Rehabilitation (GEC&R) care line to provide oversight of our Community Living Centers, Palliative/Hospice Care, Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) and Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) program(s). The incumbent will provide direct patient care, offer support to the provider staff and work with additional interdisciplinary staff. He/she will work closely with the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) of the GEC&R Care line, Associate Chief Nurse for GEC&R at the site and collaborate with the GEC&R Care Line Manager. The successful candidate should have advanced clinical experience as well as demonstrated administrative skills and a track record of dynamic, innovative leadership that emphasizes a collegial approach. This physician functions as a subject matter expert for educating Veterans, staff, and family about geriatric syndromes, functional assessment, and end-of-life issues. This will include, but is not limited to, documentation, process workflow and other functionality regarding necessary clinical systems. This individual will work with staff and physicians to optimize the usage of clinical systems to promote quality outcomes and provide support in accordance with organizational goals. He/she will work closely with hospital staff, department directors, and physicians to ensure that the highest standards of quality and services are maintained. He/she also serves as a liaison between customers and other departments and services and will work directly with all levels of the organization on projects, committees and teams to meet the overall needs of GEC&R and the facility. The individual should possess clinical experience, be familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures and possess experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. The individual will also perform as a back-up provider for the Hospitalist/Medical Officer of the Day (MOD) and placed in a standard rotation for coverage when needed. This job requires knowledge of administrative procedures, quality measurement, regulations related to the practice of medicine, Long-term Care Standards, Joint Commission, and other regulatory standards pertinent to GEC&R.

Additional duties:

Admit, follow and discharge Community Living Center (CLC) patients as needed to maintain good patient flow- Provide geriatric and palliative care consultation for the Veteran population.

Provide clear, complete, direct and electronic communication with staff in all areas of the Finger Lakes Healthcare System and with community contacts to facilitate smooth patient transitions, quality patient care and high customer satisfaction.

Participate in interdisciplinary team meeting (IDT) weekly and care plan/family meetings in conjunction with clients' care needs

Meet ethical and professional standards as written in the Medical Staff Bylaws and ensure that work products are in compliance with written and communicated facility expectations, standards, policies and procedures

Provide informal clinical consultation for the GEC&R staff- Participate in selected VA committees as needed- Maintain current requirements for credentialing and privileging including necessary license and certifications

Pursue high quality continuing education and professional development opportunities

Participate in appropriate regional and national professional organizations

Duties require numerous daily contacts with patients, employees and visitors, in addition to VA headquarters representatives, VISN representatives, medical care representatives, officials of other government agencies, representatives of our educational affiliates, community and state health care providers, etc.

Develops and monitors GEC&R standards of clinical practice/standards of care including development of care guidelines, manuals and guides to professional practice.

Develops and monitors GEC&R staff training to ensure that required training is accomplished for purposes of maintaining ongoing skills, keeping up with new developments in the field, orientation of staff to the VA, The Joint Commission and Long Term Care Institute requirements, licensing requirements, and other VA required training.
Reviews the utilization of resources by performing such activities as internal reviews, data collection, reviewing and analyzing reports, reviewing contracts and reviewing performance in order to ensure that resources are being used efficiently and effectively, and reports results to management as required, both orally and in writing.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report:Not requiredTravel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory status
YesPromotion 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:Board Certified in Geriatric 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:Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting.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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