Department of Veterans Affairs
Watchung, New Jersey
Closing date
Mar 7, 2024

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Full Time
Position Type
Clarification from the agencyAll qualified candidates encouraged to apply. Open to U.S. Citizens but non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.


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Job Duties:
The incumbent works as an Attending Physician in the Lyons VA NJ Community Living Center (CLC), taking care of veterans who need long-term nursing home level of care, dementia care, short-term rehabilitation, or skilled nursing care in a Nursing Home setting. The Physician will help with admission, discharge, and routine care of these Veterans. He/she will also help coordinate care with other members of the Interdisciplinary Team and with Specialists inside and outside the VA. The incumbent will provide education on disease process, medications, and care needs to Veterans, families, and staff. Will participate in screening Veterans for CLC admission if needed. Duties also include supervising and instructing Physician Assistants, Medical Students, Residents, or Geriatric Fellows as needed in an Interdisciplinary Team setting. Will serve as a resource for Veterans, families, and staff for issues related to their stay in the CLC. The incumbent may also help with patient care needs in other areas of Geriatrics and Extended Care as needed.

The physician will assume the responsibilities listed below:

  • Complete Geriatric History and examination within 24 hours of admission, complete all assessments and plans for inpatient veterans in CLC and coordinate all evaluations, diagnostic testing, clinical follow-up, and care coordination.
  • Lead the CLC Team in the day-to-day management of Veterans in the CLC.
  • Promote an atmosphere of efficiency and accuracy in the timeliness of submission of completed documents.
  • Collaborate with ancillary health care providers and various clinical Specialties for veteran care.
  • Educate veteran and family for GOCC, LST, and advance directive for the veteran.
  • Manage veteran's daily medical needs and follow-ups as needed.
  • Will pronounce a veteran after death and complete death certificate.
  • Involved with rounds in CLC and attend meetings as needed.
  • Completes Care Plans and MDS assessment on veterans in CLC.
  • Will also cover outpatient Geriatric consultation clinic.
  • Participate in screening veterans if needed and completing consults for the CLC.
  • Will be cover as MOC on a rotation basis and will be available for questions for on-call moonlighting MOD's in the CLC after administrative hours. If the MOD cannot come, he/she will cover the shift as MOD.
  • Lead a PI project on a yearly basis.
  • Supervision and training of Geriatric residents and fellows and/or other students in collaboration with the Lyons Geriatric team or other affiliates
  • Back up the physician to other CLC providers when needed.
  • Participate in other clinical duties as assigned by the ACOS for Geriatrics & Extended Care.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting
EDRP Authorized: Contact, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more

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.
Additional Requirement: Board certified/eligible in Geriatric
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.

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