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Nephrology subspecialists usually serve as consultants for patients with kidney diseases and disorders, such as long-term dialysis patients. Privileges for specific procedures are usually the same as for internal medicine, except for such procedures as initiation and monitoring of peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, and renal biopsy. Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay) 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. Board certification: Board certification is encouraged. Staff Physician. None beyond the basic requirements. The individual must qualify to perform duties as a physician, have completed an accredited residency and/or possess experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision. Staff physicians may also include attendings who train physician residents assigned in facilities with residency training programs, and consultants who are capable of giving authoritative views and opinions on subjects in their field of medicine. 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: The work requires some physical exertion including periods of walking, standing, regular and recurring bending, stooping, lifting heavy objects such as assisting patients on and off examination tables. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. As a subspecialty of internal medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) regulates the requirements for board certification in nephrology and requires certification in internal Medicine (successful completion of three years of residency training in internal medicine) and successful completion of two years in an approved subspecialty accredited program. Nephrology subspecialists usually serve as consultants for patients with kidney diseases and disorders, such as long-term dialysis patients. Privileges for specific procedures are usually the same as for internal medicine, except for such procedures as initiation and monitoring of peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, and renal biopsy. To be eligible to use this form to request privileges, the following minimum threshold criteria must be met: Basic Education: MD or DO Minimal formal Training: Successful completion of an approved residency program in internal medicine followed by a successfully completed fellowship in nephrology. Board certification: Board certification is encouraged. Privileges include admission, work-up, diagnosis, and provision of treatment or consultative services to patients presenting with illnesses and disorders of the kidneys. Core privileges include performance in emergency situations of all procedures relative to the ABMS or AOA specialty, whether the physician is subspecialty trained. Nephrology Special Procedures: - Percutaneous native kidney biopsy - Percutaneous transplant kidney biopsy Customer Service Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 4:30PM, Monday - Friday.\nRecruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): No\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Available\nAppraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Available\nPay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\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 (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting"]
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.