The Incumbent Physician MD/DO serves as a staff physician for the Integrative Pain Management Program. Duties include providing pain care with emphasis in whole health and opioid stewardship. Physician will work with the program director and the Pain Management Team (PMT: Director, PM&R - intervention, Clinical pharmacists, Nurses, Behavioral Health Provider, Support Staff) to assist in the development, implementation, evaluation, and oversight of the integrative pain management program. 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. Additional Requirement: Must have DEA certification; must have x-waiver to prescribe Suboxone for up to 100 patients. Preferred Experience: Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine, PM&R, Pain or Addiction Board Certified or Board eligible in pain or addiction medicine. Minimum 3 years experience Completed fellowship program in pain or addiction management or equivalent experience preferred. 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 (15-44lbs); moderate carrying (15-44lbs); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; both eyes. Environmental Factors: working closely with others. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): NOT authorized Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Major Duties & responsibilities to include, but not limited to: Physician will assist the PMT in providing evidence based comprehensive multidisciplinary pain care to Veterans with complex chronic pain. Physician will provide support and clinical guidance to the PMT as well as the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Staff. This includes providing education, case reviews attending meetings with the primary care team (PACT). Following the mandate of the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA), Physician and the PMT will identify Veterans using high doses of Opioids and will develop a treatment plan to reduce their dependence on opioids, including evaluating and treating Veterans for Opioid Use Disorder. Through proper screening and controlled therapy physician will lead this skilled team in providing comprehensive care for noncancer chronic pain patients integrating medical therapy with complementary treatment modalities. Physician will complete reports and use pre-developed tools to show improvement and compliance Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 4 days/wk; 10hr shifts"]
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