This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: NIH, MERIT, or equivalent extramural funding of research as PI. Experience with clinical use and clinical trials of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and therapy. At least 3 years of leadership experience. Experience and interest in teaching residents, fellows, and technologist trainees. 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: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): EDRP Authorized: Contact Susan.Bringle@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The Chief, Nuclear Medicine, reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Clinical Support Services and serves as the system executive expert in nuclear medicine matters. The Chief, Nuclear Medicine, has programmatic responsibility for planning, developing, and directing the administrative and operational activities for Nuclear Medicine at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). The incumbent is responsible for overseeing all inpatient and outpatient nuclear medicine care. Administrative: The Chief, Nuclear Medicine, provides oversight and leadership for the clinical, teaching, and\nresearch functions within Nuclear Medicine Service at VAPAHCS. He/she is responsible for establishing and\nmaintaining high standards of excellence in all areas. He/she may have oversight responsibility for several\nperformance measures. He/she is directly responsible for the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff and\ninitiates areas of programmatic development. Some of these responsibilities are as follows: Performance Measures Program Development Resource Management Quality Assurance Supervision of Faculty, Staff within Nuclear Medicine Junior Faculty Career Development Budgets Equipment (major and minor) Maintenance Contracts Personnel Evaluations Performance Reviews Credentialing Oversee Teaching, Clinical Care, and Research within Nuclear Medicine Design and Implementation of Goal-Sharing Initiatives Process Improvement activities Clinical: Despite the incumbent's extensive administrative responsibilities, he/she maintains a clinical\nworkload. Training and Education: The Chief, Nuclear Medicine, provides training to medical students, residents,\nfellows, and housestaff. He/she encourages continuing education to promote the continuing professional\ncompetency of staff. Research: The Chief, Nuclear Medicine, promotes research in all areas, including basic science, clinical trials,\nand health services research, as well as endeavors that advocate for improved care delivery through outcome\nevaluation and scientific inquiry. Advocates ethical decision-making for VA staff and patients. Is\nexpected to be Primary Investigator on NIH grants or equivalent, including VA MERIT awards. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm"]
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