Physician (Geriatrics)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Reno, Nevada
Aug 16, 2021
Aug 16, 2022
Full Time
Position Type
The Geriatrics and Extended Care Service Line provides care in inpatient and outpatient settings. Clinicians assigned to the Service Line provide geriatric, hospice and palliative and general medical care for patients in the CLC, clinics, and for acute care consultations.

The ACOS/Geriatrics and Extended Care is responsible for the overall clinical and administrative function of the Service.

Duties and Responsibilities

Staff physicians in Geriatrics and Extended Care are responsible for inpatient and outpatient care, graduate and undergraduate medical education and scientific research as appropriate.

Clinical care responsibilities: The GEC Physician will have the following direct clinical responsibilities:
  • Admit, follow and discharge Community Living Center (CLC) patients as needed to maintain good patient flow
  • Provide geriatric and palliative care consultation in acute care, outpatient, and home health settings. Provide clear and complete direct and electronic communication with staff in all areas of the Medical Center and outside contacts to facilitate smooth patient transitions, quality patient care and high customer satisfaction. Participate in interdisciplinary team meeting (IDT) weekly
  • Collaborate with the GEC nurse practitioners, including case reviews and preceptor reviews
  • Supervise and teach physician trainees
  • Provide informal clinical consultation for the GEC staff
  • Participate in selected VA and UNSOM committees, including the VA nursing home Interdisciplinary Team, Geriatric Staff Committee, and UNSOM Department of Medicine Faculty Committee.
  • Maintain current requirements for credentialing and privileging including necessary license and certifications.
  • Participate in peer review and case review in Primary Care, Geriatrics, and upon request by Quality Management.
  • Pursue high quality continuing education and professional development opportunities.
  • Participate in appropriate regional and national professional organizations.
Travel Required
Not requiredSupervisory status
NoPromotion Potential
    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/Training:
  • Experience in extended care, long term care, home care and/or hospice programs
  • Experience in quality and performance improvement
  • Experience with interdisciplinary teams
  • Specialty Board Eligible
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:Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted.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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