Experienced Emergency Medicine Physician - Clinical Deployment Team (CDT)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Baltimore, Maryland
Closing date
Aug 31, 2024

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Emergency Medicine
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.

Stand ready with the VAMHCS to help in an emergency
A disaster can strike at any time - an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, or global pandemic can leave our Veterans, families, and communities in desperate need of help. That's why the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is creating Clinical Deployment Teams (CDTs) to stand ready to assist. We're looking for clinical personnel to serve on these teams and help transform how we provide health care services in times of great need.
When they are not deployed, CDT staff will work at an assigned VA facility. Members of the team must:
  • Be available to deploy with 72 hours' notice within 2 windows of time per calendar year, for up to a month at a time
  • Work in a high-stress environment, possibly in austere conditions or an emergency setting
  • Treat or provide direct patient care within the requirements of practice/privileges/licensure
  • Participate in CDT training activities and demonstrate readiness to apply professional skills to a range of emergency situations
  • Ensure qualifications and required certifications are maintained, including Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), or Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) certification
  • Maintain CDT physical readiness requirements, vaccinations, and safety precautions related to infection control
Physicians on the CDT will work in the following area:
Emergency Department - Perform appropriate medical screening exam on all patients checked-in to be seen in the ED using assessment skills to examine patients thoroughly using appropriate clinical, laboratory, and other pertinent data. Provide continuity of care by performing patient hand-off when transferring care of a patient to another physician. Initiate appropriate and timely treatment. Recognizes changes in behavior, symptoms, signs, and other pertinent facts about a patient and has the knowledge to modify, in real time, the plan of treatment. Should be cognizant of capabilities and limitations of the ED and of oneself.

Preferred Experience and Certifications:
All Specialties
  • Experience in disaster medicine and/or completed advanced training (i.e. fellowship) in disaster or wilderness medicine. This may include experience in medical deployments. Additionally, training and/or experience in critical care medicine is favored.
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Certifications from American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) are highly preferred: Basic Life Support (BLS) and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). (AHA certification preferred.) BLS/ACLS certification is recommended, but not required, for candidates who are board certified in Emergency Medicine). The selected employee will be required to receive these certifications prior to assuming clinical responsibilities and ensure current certifications after employment is maintained.
Emergency Department
  • Board certified in Emergency Medicine.
  • Board certified in Family or Internal Medicine.
  • At least 5 years of recent experience in an Emergency Department.
Work Schedule: May vary depending on deployment and/or assigned facility needs
Travel: Up to 50% may be required.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives (Sign-on Bonus): Available for well-qualified applicants
EDRP Authorized: This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program.
Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer 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

About the area:
Just off the Chesapeake Bay, about an hour s drive north of Washington, D.C., and two hours south of Philadelphia. Award-winning dining is not hard to find, and cultural offerings include an internationally recognized symphony orchestra and art museums with works ranging from ancient to current-day artists. Baltimore also has a variety of performance venues, including the historic Hippodrome Theater, a former vaudeville palace. The local arts scene reaches a mass audience during Artscape, an annual outdoor event that bills itself as the area's largest free arts festival. Support for Baltimore's professional sports teams always bring residents together. Even on chilly winter afternoons or humid summer evenings, locals fill M&T Bank Stadium to cheer on the NFL's Ravens and flock to Camden Yards to root for the MLB's Orioles.

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