Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physician)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Castle Point, New York
Nov 14, 2020
Nov 14, 2021
Full Time
Position Type
The Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is responsible for the day to day operations at both the Castle Point and Montrose locations with primary duties at the Castle Point facility. Duties to include but not limited to:
- Have a broad medical expertise that allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person's lifetime
- Diagnose and treat pain as a result of an injury, illness, or disabling condition
- Determine and lead a treatment/prevention plan
- Lead a team of medical professionals, which may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physician extenders to optimize patient care
- Work with other physicians, which may include primary care physicians, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons and other specialties as necessary
- Focus treatment on function
- Telemedicine
Clinical Procedures/Services
- EMG/Nerve Conduction studies
- Ultrasound guided procedures
- Spasticity Treatment (Phenol and Botulinum toxin injections, intrathecal baclofen pump trial and implants)
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Complementary-alternative medicine
- Disability/impairment assessment
- Medicolegal consulting
Administrative/Supervisory Duties
- Monitor and verify time and attendance for direct reports. Ensure employees are aware, know and understand their tour of duty
- Ensure dictated or written notes are completed on patients within guidelines and regulations
- Encourage and challenge team members to embark on process improvement efforts regularly
- Review and approve overtime/compensatory time as necessary ensuring budgetary constraints are considered in the decision making
- Review and process requests in VA time and attendance system regularly
- Communicate with HAS on cancellation notices due to provider absence and address as necessary
- Review/approve cancellations of appointments and ensure appointments are re-scheduled
- Mentor staff and take action as necessary to ensure staff members are meeting their performance expectations and contributing to the VA's goals.
- Encourage participation in the clinical pertinence reviews among direct reports
- Encourage career development such as provider participation in the tort claim review process.
- Encourage providers on the peer review process and encourage participation in the process to ensure quality assurance and total quality management.
- Ensure Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluations are completed by the business office on a bi-annual basis
- Track and complete performance appraisals and annual proficiencies on direct reports
- Work with the clinical staff to set parameters of the visits and develop a scheduling grid in collaboration with the business manager
- Track and verify your direct reports are completing required training
- Track and ensure providers continued medical education (CME) and/or educational requirements are kept up to date.
- Ensure all patient issues are resolved promptly in PATS-R and to the White House Hotline
- Review and identify equipment needs of the clinic and coordinate with business manager to procure as necessary.
- Review and use practice management tools and utilize data in practice development decisions
- Verify and ensure employees are mapped accurately and meet with the MCA Program Analyst as required.
- Other duties assigned by the ACOS as necessary.

Work Schedule:Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm, subject to change based on the needs of the agency.
Financial Disclosure Report:Not requiredTravel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional travel between facilities within the Hudson Valley VA Healthcare system may be required.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.
* Must be Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for this position
Preferred Experience:Sub-specialty Certification in Brain Injury, Pain Medicine or 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:Moderate lifting (15-44lbs), moderate carrying (15-44lbs), straight pulling (.5hr), pushing (.5hr), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (2.5hrs), standing (5hrs), repeated bending, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted). Please see VA Directives and VA Handbook 5019.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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