Physician Sleep

Department of Veterans Affairs
Detroit, Michigan
Closing date
Apr 23, 2023

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Pulmonary Disease
Full Time
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As a Sleep Physician, the duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Attending in the sleep clinics and the tele-sleep medicine program Ordering and interpreting complex in-lab and limited channel home sleep studies Perform inpatient sleep consultations Perform evaluative testing and readings of PAP/sleep related disorder testing Participation as a faculty member in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited sleep medicine fellowship program Teaching and supervising mid-level providers, sleep fellows, residents, ancillary staff and multidisciplinary teams Participation in the clinical sleep quality improvement initiatives, including management of patients impacted by the global Philips PAP recall. Maintain, strategize, and expand clinical initiatives including Tele- sleep medicine program of the sleep center and attending tele-sleep meetings offered by Office of Rural Health. Active participation in the clinical sleep research program with expectation for scholarly activity Collaborating with the Behavioral sleep medicine program, ENT and Dental sleep medicine Other duties as assigned The candidate should be customer-service focused, an effective role model, innovative thinker, and have clinical excellence, with exceptional interpersonal, teaching and communication skills.

The selected candidate is expected to participate in training sleep fellows, as well as precepting resident, medical students and other trainees in the field of Sleep Medicine. In addition to an active clinical practice the person will be responsible for supporting an academic environment oriented to fellows and medicine residents with strong emphasis on education and research.

The applicant should qualify for an academic appointment at Wayne State University. The John D. Dingell Sleep-Wake Disorders Center is an AASM-accredited sleep center with multiple sleep clinics and a state-of-the art sleep laboratory with 12 beds. The Sleep Center includes an active behavioral sleep medicine program collaboration with Dental Sleep and ENT-Sleep specialists. The ENT specialists and sleep center collaborate on providing sleep apnea therapy via hypoglossal nerve stimulation. The Center serves as a referral center for VISN 10 of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facilities (Battle Creek VA, Saginaw VA and Chillicothe VA) and provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for Veterans via face-to-face clinics as well as via video-teleconferencing with remote VA sites. The Center also co-sponsors an ACGME-accredited Sleep Fellowship program in conjunction with Wayne State University. The VA sleep program has a strong research track with opportunities for conducting clinical research in management of sleep apnea, sleep apnea and COPD overlap syndrome, and research into control of breathing in individuals with opioid use and spinal cord injury. The VAMC serves as a major WSU-SOM site for pre-and post-graduate education in medicine, surgery and psychiatry. A growing basic and clinical research program at Detroit VA now exceeds $4 million in annual VA funding. Work Schedule: Full time: Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/medical center. On-call responsibility nightly and weekends (unless coverage responsibilities are shared/traded with other sleep physicians); in-person only as required. Part time: hours will vary depending on the needs of the service/medical center.


U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Board certified or eligible in Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine after completion of an accredited residency/fellowship in Sleep Medicine. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. 

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