Physician – Associate Chief of Staff (Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service Line)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
February 19, 2014
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Quality Care Our Heroes Deserve

Now is the time to take your career to the next level and become part of the high-caliber talent that is VA. Experience what 250,000 current VA employees already have state-of-the art practice settings, access to the latest technology, a multi-disciplinary team environment and the opportunity to provide the men and women who have bravely served this country with the finest patient care, benefits and customer satisfaction. And with VA Patient Satisfaction Scores leading the healthcare industry, you'll be joining one of the most respected facilities in the Nation.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1020804

This position will remain open until filled. First cut-off for applications will be Monday, January 13, 2014. After this date, applicants will be forwarded for consideration as they become available.

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.


The Associate Chief of

Staff for Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service Line is a responsible

physician who provides leadership for the organization of approximately 75

staff and delivery of these services for the Fargo VA Health Care System and is

accountable for ensuring quality and cost effective care. Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service Line

is aligned under the Chief of Staff. Duties will include:

Reviews/performs/provides duties and responsibilities of a Physician.

Demonstrates leadership in interpreting and supporting the VISN mission, vision and values, while operating in accordance with Veterans Health Administration (VHA) policies, facility and VISN policies, and standards of federal professional and accrediting agencies external to VHA.

Provides direction and support to EC&R SL staff regarding equipment, technology, policies and procedures employed by the Fargo VA HCS and ensures that all requirements of regulatory agencies such as the Joint Commission and Long Term Care standards are met.

Provides leadership and oversight into interventions that result in geriatric or rehabilitation admissions, readmissions, length of stay challenges, emergency department visit appropriateness and need for outpatient clinic visits.

Participates in comprehensive assessments and rehabilitation modalities done by teams within the Health Care System that will result in a model of care that improves the Veteran's function, utilizes community resources, and reduces mortality and morbidity.

Works collaboratively with the Associate Chief Nurse of the EC&R Service Line in the administrative and clinical oversight of Veterans in the Community Living Center and community settings to include institutional and non- institutional care modalities.

Utilizes clinical knowledge and expertise in the provision of care and services to Veterans who have traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries/ disorders and dementia.

Utilizes specialized rehabilitation techniques with Veteran with injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, fractures, wounds and visual impairments.

Develops and directs the amputation program to include use of telerehabilitation equipment and participation in telerehabilitation clinics.

Develops and directs the Traumatic Brain Injury Program within the Polytrauma System of Care.

Participates in the development and utilization of pain assessment and treatment modalities utilizing a wide variety of pharmacological and non- pharmacological resources.

Proposes and reviews quality control and quality improvement procedures performed by VA personnel in EC&R SL and makes recommendations for improvements, corrective actions, etc.

Participates/reviews and documents performance improvement activities, including, but not limited to, external review programs, internal peer review programs, and accreditation requirements.

Serves as an active member of various Medical Center committees.

Maintains a peer review process for all EC&R SL clinicians.

Is responsible for the financial management of the EC&R SL.

Collaborates with the Chief of Staff to develop and execute a strategic plan and annual budget for the service line.

Responsible for action in matters such as promotions, selections, on the job training, awards, EEO complaints, labor relations, disciplinary actions, training, and career development.


  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Required Skills:



  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Physicians, including residents, 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 Certification. Physicians may be Board Certified or Board Eligible. Board Certifiedis preferred.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS). BLS is mandatory. You will be required to show proof of current BLS training at the time of credentialing and privileging.


Reference: VA

Qualification Standards (Part II, Appendix G of VA Handbook 5005)

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; straight pulling intermittent hours; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking 3 hours; standing 3 hours; kneeling 1/4 hour; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; specific visual correction to read fine print; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; hearing (aid permitted); mental/emotional stability; and no skin allergies preventing use of protective equipment.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Bring your expertise to VA and be valued as part of a team that is recognized and respected for significant contributions to medicine. You'll enjoy a patient-focused environment, terrific benefits and incentives, and the ability to practice at any VA facility in the country.

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