The Compensation and Pension General Medicine Physician is an Internal Medicine or Family Medicine physician with expertise in the diagnosis and evaluation of medical conditions including but not limited to the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and basic ear nose and throat disorders working within the Compensation and Pension Department. This Fee Basis (per diem) position has an intermittent work schedule, see important information in the "Duties" section below. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, 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 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: board certified or board eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine and has completed the requisite training years in their respective specialty. 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: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Walking (1 hour); Standing (1 hour); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/Mental Stability; Both hands required. ["The Compensation and Pension General Medicine Physician will perform in-person evaluation of Veterans and active-duty service members presenting to VA New Jersey for compensation and pension examinations. The physician will also complete medical opinions related to medical conditions of varying complexity. The physician has or will quickly acquire after selection and appointment the required certification and training to perform compensation and pension examinations as described in VHA Directive 1603, Training and Certification of VHA Clinicians Performing VA Disability Examinations. Prior experience in Compensation and Pension is ideal, but not required as training will be provided. This position does NOT involve screening, treatment or performance of procedures. On average, each fee basis provider would see 15 patients and complete approximately 3 medical opinions per week at a starting reimbursement rate of $100 per patient for exams and $75 per medical opinion. Additional reimbursement is provided for multiple exams done on the same patient. Workload may increase depending on case demand and physician availability. Work Schedule: Approximately two weekdays per week; specific dates to be negotiated\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nPCS/Relocation Allowances: Not authorized\nRecruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not authorized"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.