Unit Medical Director

Department of Veterans Affairs
San Francisco, California
Closing date
Nov 10, 2023

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General Practice
Full Time
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The San Francisco VA is seeking dynamic leaders to fill our role as The Community Living Center (CLC) Inpatient Subacute Unit Medical Director.

The Community Living Center (CLC) Inpatient Subacute Rehabilitation Unit (ISRU) Medical Director directs the operations of the 16-bed unit, oversees and coordinates management of inter-professional staff and provides direct clinical care to Veterans with recent acute illness, complex chronic diseases and mental illness who require short-term rehabilitation in the CLC. The medical director collaborates with the Hospitalist Service, Hospital Utilization Management/Utilization Review Team, Rehabilitation Service, and Inpatient Social Work service to facilitate movement of patients requiring rehabilitation to the optimal site of care. The ISRU Medical Director serves as a key member of the larger CLC leadership team and is responsible for the Unit's operations. The SFVAHCS has a long history of conducting cutting-edge research, establishing innovative medical programs, and providing compassionate care to Veterans. SFVAMC has been affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine for more than 50 years. The SFVAHCS service lines through this affiliation are known for clinical, education and academic excellence.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Direct clinical care to CLC Veterans that includes assessment for admission to the Unit, identification of medical problems, direction of medical management, participation in the development of individual plans of care during inter-professional care plan meetings, determination of the need for other subspecialty services and discharge planning.
  • Develop strategic goals and vision, making leadership decisions regarding the clinical well-being of the CLC residents on the unit and the functioning of the interdisciplinary team of care providers.
  • Play a prominent role within the leadership team to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and to help identify and address the effects of racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, trans-phobia, ableism and other forms of discrimination on the health and well-being of veterans in the unit and of unit staff.
  • Respond to any suspense, Congressional or OIG inquiry, etc. related to Unit medical care
  • Provide support to the Interdisciplinary Care Plan team regarding difficult clinical or administrative issues
  • Collaborate with nursing leaders and QI nurse to prepare for annual surveys and maintain survey readiness
  • Create and update all applicable CLC policies
  • Participate in hiring of interdisciplinary team supervisors or nursing leaders if appropriate
  • Support the work of the MDS nurses and care team members to maximize revenue
  • Work closely with Infection Control to manage any infectious outbreak on the Unit
  • Develop initial and ongoing protocols and policies with consulting services for unit admission criteria, transfer criteria to hospital and ED, protocols for physician coverage and communication, etc.
  • Evaluate and manage the medical care of Veterans on the Unit
  • Perform and document admission histories/physical examinations/assessments on assigned patients within 24 hours of admission

We offer:

  • Competitive pay based on training, experience, and local labor market
  • Relocation
  • Annual performance bonus up to an additional $15K per year
  • Guaranteed salary increases
  • Licensure: 1 full & unrestricted active U.S. license
  • CME: $1,000/year and 5 days of paid absences for CME courses
  • Malpractice: VHA physicians are covered under federal tort laws
  • No employment contracts, noncompete clauses, or restrictive covenants
  • 26 days paid vacation; 13 days paid sick time; 11 paid federal holidays; 15 days military
  • Federal Retirement Plan
  • Separate 401K with partial agency match
  • Health Insurance (Dental & Vision supplemental insurance available)
  • Life Insurance
  • Nationwide Mobility Relocate without loss of benefits, vacation, or pay
  • Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP),a student loan payment reimbursement program up to $200,000


  • Medical license or ability to become licensed in the State of California
  • Graduate of accredited MD or DO program
  • Board Certification/Board Eligibility in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine
  • Board Certification in Geriatric Medicine preferable

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

To Explore This Physician Opportunity Further

Please forward copy of your Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to Jason Tafoya VA Healthcare Recruitment Consultant @ Jason.Tafoya@va.gov or call/text (925) 270-6574

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