Physician, Associate Chief of Geriatrics, Hospice & Palliative Care

Department of Veterans Affairs
West Palm Beach, Florida
Nov 14, 2020
Nov 14, 2021
Full Time
Position Type
The duties of this position includes but is not limited to the following:
  • Plans, develops and maintains a comprehensive program to ensure compliance with applicable standards.
  • Ensures the implementation and maintenance of standards for medical providers and forecasts requirements necessary to maintain and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical care within the Community Living Center Programs.
  • Directs and coordinates medical care and participates in the resident care management system.
  • Takes direct patient care assignment 40% effort.
  • Participates in establishing policies, procedures and guidelines for the delivery of services.
  • Recommends clinical privileges for medical providers and functions as Supervising/Collaborating physician for Mid-level providers in GEC.
  • Participates in educational activities related to the delivery of services to community living center residents and promotes and supports appropriate continuing education programs for other staff members.
  • Advises the Associate Chief of Staff about the adequacy and appropriateness of the scope of services, medical equipment, space and staffing levels to meet resident needs at the present and in the future.
  • Participates in strategic planning and the establishing of short and long range goals and plans related to the Community Living Center Programs.
  • Coordinates medical provider assignments and coverage and communicates staff availability on a regular basis to all appropriate staff members.
  • Reviews resident incidents and staff injuries and makes appropriate recommendations or initiates actions to improve resident safety, staff safety and the environment of care.
  • Communicates medical staff responsibilities and medical care policies, procedures, and guidelines to all medical providers.
  • Serves as a member of applicable committees.
  • Represents the Community Living Center Programs while engaging with outside agencies as needed.
  • Coordinates with appropriate representatives from other service lines as needed to ensure appropriate referral and follow up for Community Living Center residents that require medical specialty, psychiatric and diagnostic services.
  • Serves as a faculty member and mentor to Fellows, residents and students that are assigned to the Geriatrics Extended Care Dept.
Work Schedule:Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., subject to agency needs. May be occasionally required to work off tours during emergent situations as directed by management.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentive:May be authorized for highly qualified candidate.

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


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 following is preferred for the ideal candidate.
  • Current board certification in Internal Medicine with certification in Geriatric Medicine or Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
  • Minimum of three years of academic experience in teaching residents/fellows in geriatric medicine and/or hospice and palliative medicine programs.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in management or supervisory position.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in leadership position in a long term care institution.
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:Standing, walking, lifting light loads, assisting patients with positioning and transfers. Must be able to use a computer to input orders, review reports, etc. Must be able to communicate directions and patient orders. See VA Handbook and Directive 5019Education
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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