PRIMARY FUNCTION:The function of thePrimary Care Deputy Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) is to work directly with the Primary Care Associate Chief of Staff to ensure strategic goals and all VA initiatives under Primary Care Service,clinical and administrative, and performance measures for the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) are met.
Major Duties and Responsibilities include:
Participates in both Medical Center and Primary Care Service-levelmanagement discussions, decision and policy-making
Provides program direction to the clinic manager and other assigned personnel in Primary Care and may be asked to represent the ACOS or participate in hospital committees on behalf of the ACOS.
Worksjointly with the Associate Chief of Nursing, Primary Care Service,to assist with the operational management of all Primary Care Clinics.
Promotes, maintains and nurtures positive relationships within the provider teams with thegoal of efficient healthcare delivery.
Providesprimary care to a panel of patients, proportionately adjusted to accommodate administrative responsibilities.
The Deputy Associate Chief of Staff Primary Care Physician will additionally practice clinically within their scope of practice in accordance with their credentialing and privileging. Duties may include but are not limited to:
Collaborates with a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) to provide accessible, comprehensive, coordinated, continuous care to an assigned panel of patients; the incumbent is expected to be attentive to patient education and preventive care and be able to work well in an interdisciplinary team to provide high quality primary care.
Manages chronic conditions, evaluates and treats intercurrent medical conditions;
Performs a variety of disease prevention related activities including gender and age specific screenings (e.g. breast and colo-rectal cancer), mental health screenings (e.g. depression, substance use& abuse, military sexual trauma and PTSD) and health promotion activities including immunizations, weight management and exercise counseling; screens for, evaluates and treats uncomplicated common mental health disorders, including depression and common addictions, with referrals made to mental health providers for further evaluation and treatment as appropriate;
Performs common outpatient & office-based procedures. Performs preliminary interpretation of common diagnostic tests including EKG and plain x-ray films
Administrative Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:Overall management of administrative operations in Primary Care Clinics, and performance improvement in key management indicators such as access, efficient and effective business operations, and patient satisfaction. Other activitiesincluderesource oversight, including fiscal and human resource management, andprogram management within Primary Care Service.
Facility/Area Information: The VASt. Louis Health Care Systemis a two-division tertiary care facility providing inpatient and ambulatory care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, spinal cord injury, and rehabilitation, as well as 65 subspecialty areas.There are 218 hospital operating beds, a 71 bed Community Living Center, a 50 bed Rehabilitation Domiciliary for Homeless Veterans and a 25 bed Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program.This medical center services veterans and their families in east central Missouri and southwestern Illinois. The John Cochran Division is located in midtown St. Louis and is in close proximity to its affiliated medical schools, Saint Louis University and Washington University.It houses the medical center's operative surgical capabilities, the ambulatory care unit, and a six-story Clinical Addition that includes the surgical facilities, intensive care units, and the clinical laboratory.The Jefferson Barracks Division is a multi-building complex situated in south St. Louis County.It provides psychiatric treatment, regional spinal cord injury treatment, a nursing home care unit, geriatric health care, outpatient clinic, rehabilitation services, a domiciliary for homeless veterans and a newly opened Fisher House.VA St. Louis utilizes an electronic medical record.This medical center also maintains Community Based Outpatient Clinics in St. Charles, MO, Belleville, IL, Washington, MO,St. Louis City, and north St. Louis County.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. However, physicians are on call 24/7.
Functional Statement Title/#: Physician, Primary Care, Deputy Associate Chief of Staff
Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with section A, chapter 3, paragraph 3g, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, App. G2.)
Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
(1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
(3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant.
NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.
Licensure and Registration. Physicians must possess a 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
Residency Training. Physicians must have completed 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. (NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are:
(1) Those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or
(2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.
Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency.Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
- Board certified in family practice or internal medicine, preferred but not required.
- At least three (3) years experience in Primary Care services, including PACT.
- At least two (2) years of Administrative experience in a Primary Care Service setting.
-At least one (1) year of management experience.
- At least one (1) year of supervisory experience.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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:?, include the following tasks which may be performed intermittently: lifting of up to 10 lbs., sitting (4 hours), standing (2 hours), walking (2 hours), bending/stooping (1 hour), twisting (1/2 hour), simple grasping (4 hours), fine manipulation (6 hours), reaching above the shoulder (1/2 hour), and operating machinery (1/2 hour).
You must provide acomplete Application Package which includes:
If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.(Do not include Award SF-50s).
If prior military service, includelegible copies of all your DD Forms 214 or proof of service.
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
-Other Veteran Documents
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of yourtranscript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1982440.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.