The Section Chief as the supervisor of a group of physicians and additional administrative and clinical personnel, in addition to making clinical decisions, provides direct patient care, and is actively involved in the decisions that support the management of resources for the VA Caribbean Healthcare System. As such, the Section Chief is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive healthcare delivery system within their specialty tailored to the needs of the Veterans patient population served and ultimately the quality of care and utilization of health care resources. The Section Chief would also be expected to serve as the Nephrology Training Program Director.
Major duties includes but are not limited to:
Ensures that high quality patient care is delivered in a resource efficient manner.
Promotes the development of health care professionals within their Section through counseling, mentoring, teaching and encouraging self-assessment.
Promotes and facilitates the organizational engagement of section members through participation in committees, workgroups, and system redesign projects, among others.
Monitors and promotes compliance with VHA regulations and professional standards and ethical conduct.
Works in a managerial capacity to ensure that the VA Caribbean Healthcare System programs reflect the mission and priorities of the VHA and VA as well as take an active participatory role as a leadership team member, providing counsel in defining and accomplishing the health system's mission and goals pertinent to their scope of practice.
Assures that all employees reporting under the Specialty Section are in compliance with regulations pertaining to internal and external professional activities as well as conflict of interest considerations.
Ensures that appropriate systems are in place to review, analyze, and evaluate patient care activities pertinent to their scope of practice and corrective actions are initiated and carried out as needed. This includes monitoring clinic utilization, incomplete encounters, consult management and physician productivity.
Monitors and ensures Section staff compliance with agency regulations, medical staff bylaws, VA Caribbean Healthcare System policies, pertinent Joint Commission standards, and other appropriate regulations as they apply.
Gathers, analyzes and compares physicians specific data on providers profiles based on the clinical competence (patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal communication skills, system based practice, practice based learning and improvement and professionalism). This data is used to monitor provider practice on an ongoing basis, and reported at least every six months to the Professional Standards Board (PSB), when practice ins in accordance to the standard practice. When deviations from standards of practice are identified at the Section level, it is the responsibility of the Section Chief to alert their supervisor and the Service Chief, initiate a focused professional practice evaluation and communicate this action to the PSB.
Reviews reports and addresses needs and processes to meet the targets of active performance measures assigned by the VA applicable to the Section.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, on-call duties required, it may include weekends and holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Required.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.
Selective Placement Factor:
Must be proficient in the Spanish Language.
Graduate of an ACGME accredited Nephrology Residency Program.
Current Certification in Nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). (Needed due to this facility having an ACGME approved Nephrology Fellowship program).
Have 5 years of participation as active faculty member of an ACGME accredited Internal Medicine Residency or Nephrology Fellowship Program.
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 position will require walking, standing or sitting for periods of up to 10 to 12 hours each day. In addition, the incumbent will need to bend, lift and turn. Under urgent or emergency situations, the incumbent will need to run, sprint or run up or down stairs. During on call weeks the physician may have to stay up part or all night and thus may experience short term sleep deprivation.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.