The ACOS is a leadership position that is responsible for all aspects of primary care delivery and supervision of staff. In conjunction with the Chief of Staff, the ACOS is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, controlling and refining a comprehensive patient management/clinical support program. The incumbent provides services and technical counsel as necessary, promoting the development of professional staff within the service through coaching, mentoring, teaching, and encouraging self-assessment and self-improvement; and monitoring the safety and ethical conduct of medical research conducted on patients assigned to the service lineto meet the care and treatment needs of patients to achieve maximum utilization of patient care resources in a cost-effective, efficient, and timely manner. The applicant should be a forward-thinking physician who embraces Primary Care delivered via a Care Team (PACT/PCMH) model with the ability to manage both local and rural operations maximizing use of virtual technology.
A comprehensive skill set of clinical and administrative expertise is required to meet the needs of widespread rural health patient populations. The preferred candidate will have the skills to integrate primary functions in the primary care clinics at the medical center, in a community based outreach clinic, mobile telemedicine clinic, outreach programs, and to coordinate Veteran care with other VA and non-VA entities. The incumbent must demonstrate knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers. The incumbent is responsible for dedicating up to 75% of professional effort and time to direct patient care or services, with a corresponding patient case load. The incumbent may be required to collaborate with one or more advanced practice nurses or physician assistants may be required to function as the medical officer of the day, and will cover for the ACOS on other services as needed. Programmatic responsibilities and duties constitute approximately 25% of the employee's time. The incumbent participates in the development of long and short term goals for the Service Line and the organization.
The incumbent may function as advisor to the Chief of Staff, Associate Director, Associate Director for Nursing and Patient Care Services, and Medical Center Director on issues related to provision of direct patient care by service line staff. The incumbent facilitates compliance with standards established by oversight and regulatory entities such as Joint Commission, CARF, OSHA, CAP, OIG, etc.
The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics and attributes:
Administrative and clinical experience
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
Proven leadership skills
Embraces and initiates new treatment programs and technologies
Effective management and operations experience
Board certification Has a vision for the future Advocates for clinical research Interested in the pursuit of excellence
Experience in physician recruitment and retention
Degree of doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, or an equivalent degree.
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 a residency or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
Proficiency in written and spoken English
Must meet physical standards of the position described in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. A pre-employment physical examination may be required.
This is a drug testing designated position. Employees in drug testing designated positions will be subject to random drug testing.
References : VA Handbook 5005/, Part II, Appendix G2, Physician Qualification Standard, dated April 2002; VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services.
Conditions of Employment:
Applicants must be citizens of the United States
New appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law
Newly employed federal employees may be subject to a two year probationary period.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
CV or Resume
Letter or Memo of Interest
OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment
Veterans Documentation (if applicable)
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable)