Physician (Hospitalist)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 7/10/2020
Description Located in historic downtown Charleston, SC, the VA Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching hospital providing the highest quality care for more than 75,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coast. The 152 bed hospital includes six outpatient clinics, a 20 bed nursing home, and a full range of inpatient and outpatient care.

****Recruitment/Relocation Incentive MAY BE approved for highly qualified candidate.****The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is seeking a part-time to full-time Board Certified or Board Eligible Internal Medicine Hospitalist to join our group of dedicated professionals. Successful candidates should have expertise in hospital medicine and an avid interest in teaching residents and medical students. Our Hospitalists hold a faculty appointment at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), our affiliate academic institution.

We are seeking a Hospitalist with a commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care, a desire to work in a collaborative professional environment, and enthusiasm for ongoing process improvement. Integrity, empathy, collegiality, and a strong work ethic are expected.

This position entails working as a Hospitalist, primarily supervising medical residents and students in the care and disposition of medicine patients after hours. It may also involve serving as the Attending Physician for Teaching and Non-Teaching Inpatient Medicine Teams.

Specific Duties:
-Providing clinical leadership when on duty with respect to the evaluation, care and timely and appropriate disposition of patients
-Overnight supervision of professional staff, including residents and medical students
-Interacting with emergency room practitioners for safe and rapid assessment of patients being admitted to the medicine service
-In-hospital consultation for non-medicine services
-Covering floor calls for patients on the non-teaching medicine service
-appropriate medical record documentation and coding
-Providing leadership during emergency responses
-Coordinating transfers from outside facilities
-Contributing to process improvements with respect to quality, safety, utilization management, and patient satisfaction

Work Schedule: 8:00AM-4:30PM; Monday through Friday. If part-time, will be determined upon selection.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. If selected for this position, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirement, and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services Office.

***THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED. IT MAY BE EXTENDED OR CLOSED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CLOSING DATE. 1ST CUTOFF DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS 7/27/2020. AFTER THAT DATE, APPLICATIONS WILL BE REFERRED AS REQUESTED BY MANAGEMENT.***Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.
  • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience: Board Certification or Board Eligible in Internal Medicine

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.

Physical Requirements: The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing, and lifting of claim files which can be multiple volumes. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Functions as a Physician. Will provide comprehensive primary care services to a defined panel of patients. Duties include history taking, physical examination, ordering laboratories and diagnostic studies, diagnosis and formulation of treatment plans for acute and chronic conditions within the scope of Medicine practice. Functions as a Physician. Will provide comprehensive services to a defined panel of patients. Duties include history taking, physical examination, ordering laboratories and diagnostic studies, diagnosis and formulation of treatment plans for acute and chronic conditions within the scope of Medicine practice.
Opportunity Type

Volunteer Opportunity

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