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Chief of Medicine

Department of Veterans Affairs
Baltimore, Maryland
Closing date
Jul 18, 2024

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General Practice
Full Time
Position Type

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) is a Level I tertiary multi campus teaching facility affiliated with the University of Maryland - School of Medicine and over 100 educational institutions. Located next to the University of Maryland Medical Center with a walkway connecting the two facilities, the medical center maintains an active affiliation with the University in the sharing of staff, resources, and technology. Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center is the acute medical and surgical care facility for the VA Maryland Health Care System and offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services. As one of the most modern health care facilities in the country, the medical center offers veterans state-of-the-art medical technology, clinical services, and research programs. It is home to the world s first filmless radiology department, which allows health care providers to have nearly instant access to patient radiology images from anywhere in the facility and throughout the health care system.

The Medical Service Mission is to lead satisfied staff dedicated to providing high quality patient centered care here at STVHCS, a great tertiary training and research Veteran's Hospital. The Chief of Medicine is a management position that supports this mission through administrative leadership, direct patient care, and oversight of their Section's educational and research activities. It is preferable that she/he be a full-time employee, appointed on a career basis, with expectation that tenure will span several years. If it is necessary to engage a physician on a part time basis, the minimum service is 4/8 time. (Note: This position is 0.875 FTE. The designated hire will be geographic full-time at the University Maryland School of Medicine and part-time at the VA).



  • Organizing staff meetings, communication both down to staff and up to leadership, to include heads up (for acute patient bad outcomes) and issue briefs
  • Hiring requirements including recruitments with University of Maryland, updates on Functional Statements & Position Descriptions, co-management of 6 part folder, pay panel preparation
  • Routine ratings of all staff, including midyear evaluations, OPPEs (2x a year), FPPEs as requested by PSB, promotions, disciplinary actions & grievances, training requirements (and LMS capability), employee health requirements, Peer Reviews (purple folders)
  • Tour of Duties, VISTA approvals of leave, timecard certification, approvals of clinic cancellations
  • Work with Section Leadership on DSS mapping, FTE needs, capacity analysis, workloads, resource needs (equipment, IT, supplies, space, etc) followed by oversight Administrative Officer's preparation of the annual Service Business Plan to be presented to Senior Leadership.
  • Open encounter & open consult management, CPRS documentation requirements, oversight of clinic scheduling & access, ensuring staff productivity, oversight of relevant performance measures, and development of the new focus on the Medical Home and Patient Centric Care, Utilization, Quality, and Patient Safety oversight, process improvement (system redesign)

Clinical Duties:

  • Expected to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and care at the end of life.
  • Expected to demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social sciences, and the application of their knowledge to patient care and the education of others.
  • Ensure practice-based learning and improvement, practitioners are expected to be able to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care.
  • Expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, and other members of the health care team.
  • Expected to demonstrate behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, and understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients, their profession
  • Expected to demonstrate both an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided, and the ability to apply this knowledge to improve optimizing health care.


  • The Chief functions as a liaison to ACOS for Education for UME/GME issues. He/she ensures orientation to service rotation for program trainees (residents, students), if any.
  • Practitioners are expected to show effectiveness in teaching, monitor and coordinate educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision.

Research and Development:

  • The Chief functions as a liaison to ACOS for Research for research issues concerning their Section.
  • If the Section Chief is involved in researchers, they will show an ability to identify and define significant Research and Development problems, to plan and execute a precise research program, and to generate effective reports and results worthy of publication.

Supervisory Controls:

The Chief, Medical Service reports to the Deputy Chief of Staff, who in turn reports to the Medical Director.


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; Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in Medicine or Osteopathic Medicine obtained from one of the Department of Veterans Affairs approved schools; completion of an accredited residency in the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned or in a related area; board certification required.


Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program.

Recruitment Incentive: Authorized
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: 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

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