Physician (Hospitalist)

Department of Veterans Affairs
San Antonio, Texas
Sep 14, 2020
Sep 14, 2021
Full Time
Position Type
In addition to observance of Federal national and local regulatory, policy, and accreditation requirements governing this Health Care System, this position encompasses the following examples of responsibilities overseen by their Section Chief. Staff physicians require appropriate time mapping and resources to ensure they are empowered to meet expected proficiencies in administration, clinical practice, education, and research. Duty hours are subject to change based on the needs of patient care. Part-time positions have full-time potential.

Clinical Duties:
The staff Hospitalist is expected to remain privileged and practicing in their specialty field. The exact privileges and procedures for a particular provider will be approved by the Professional Standards Board. All physicians must meet the following standards:
* Patient Care: Practitioners are expected to provide adult patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and care at the end of life.
* Medical/Clinical Knowledge: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social sciences, and to apply their knowledge to patient care and the education of others.
* Clinical Judgment: To ensure practice-based learning and improvement, practitioners are expected to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care.
* Interpersonal & Communication Skills: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, and other members of the health care team.
* Professionalism: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development and ethical practice. In addition, they should show an understanding and sensitivity to diversity.
* Systems-Based Practice: Practitioners are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided and be able to apply this knowledge to optimize health care.
* Education: Practitioners are expected to be effective at teaching, be able to monitor and coordinate educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision requirements.
* Research Duties (if applicable): Physician researchers will show an ability to identify and define significant Research and Development problems, to plan and execute a precise research program, and to generate effective reports and results worthy of publication. Researchers are responsible for oversight of any research staff that they supervise.
Administrative Duties:
* Leadership responsibilities: Participate in staff meetings, hospital committees, and peer review process. Demonstrate effective communication to staff and leadership, to include heads up (for acute patient bad outcomes) and issue briefs, acting as Section Chief when the Section Chief is on leave.
* HR: Maintain VA training requirements, complete documentation in a timely manner and maintain credentials required for privileging and re-privileging.
* Staff Management: Participate in the FPPE/OPPE process. Adhere to employee health requirements. Participate in peer review process.
* Time/Leave Management: Adhere to Tour of Duty and request leave in advance through VISTA.
* Clinical Management including indirect patient care: Encounter & consult management, document properly in CPRS, ensure staff productivity, oversee relevant performance measures, and participate in quality improvement and process improvement projects.
Work Schedule:Monday-Friday, Rotating Shifts, May be required to work some evenings and weekends.
Financial Disclosure Report:Not required
Relocation/Recruitment Incentive:Maybe Authorized for Highly Qualified Applicants.
Travel Required
Not requiredSupervisory 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:
1. Board Certified in Internal Medicine
2. Successful completion of AGCME accredited training
3. Active patient care duties within the last 2 years
4. Experience with inpatient care and teaching internal medicine residency program within the last 5 years.
5. Expereince in admissions and inpatient acute care procedures

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:Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds, Light lifting under 15 pounds, moderate carrying 15-44 pounds, light carrying under 15 pounds, Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking up to 6 hours, Standing up to 6 hours, Repeated bending 2-4 hours, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Specific visual requirement (far vision: 20/30), Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Mental and emotional stability. Ability to perform privileges, independently performs physical exam as appropriate to position, cognitive stability.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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