The SCI/D is located at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus within the Veteran Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System (VA-ECHCS). VA-ECHCS's SCI/D Service is a VHA-designated SCI/D Center providing primary care and SCI/D specialty care with a full continuum of acute stabilization, acute rehabilitation, sub-acute rehabilitation, medical and surgical care, respite care, preventive services, sustaining health care, SCI/D home care, telehealth care and long-term care services consistent with VHA policies. The incumbent serves as a key clinical resource for the Medical Center Director and the Chief of Staff and is part of the clinical leadership team of the medical center.
The following criteria are essential:
* Leadership acumen sufficient to provide direction for single and complex programs in the delivery of Spinal Cord Injury Services to inpatients and outpatients.
* Management experience with strong administrative and interpersonal skills.
* Demonstrated skills in providing clinical interface with academic affiliates and other key stakeholders.
* Management experience regarding university generated education programs and specialty training programs.
* Demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to care delivery.
* Documented ability to coordinate a broad continuum of programs.
* Demonstrates abilities to work well within an executive team.
* Faulty appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Clinical responsibilities include and not limited to:
* Medical Director of a 30 bed inpatient Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder and Outpatient SCI/D support clinics.
* Provide annual comprehensive preventive health evaluations by the SCI/D Center interdisciplinary team.
* Ensure performance measures are met, e.g., access to care, patient satisfaction, patient outcomes and risk management.
* Establish a Quality Assurance (QA) plan to include competency testing of physicians, nurses and administrative staff and the adequacy of equipment in SCI/D Service QA program.
* Assists in the formulation of strategic planning for SCI in the form of long term goals and initiatives pertinent to the care of SCI patients.
* Works with the Paralyzed Veterans of America NSO to identify and report SCI data as required.
Administrative responsibilities include and not limited to:
* Direct supervision of section supervisors, administrative support personnel, physicians, and nurse practitioners.
* Staff labor mapping, workload and productivity.
* Establish guidelines, policies and procedures for the treatment and rehabilitation of SCI/D patients.
* Provides input into fiscal planning to ensure adequate resources and funding are available.
* Advises facility admin on the adequacy of services, medical equipment and support staff to ensure the accomplishment of the Services mission.
* Monitors SCI clinic wait lists and access.
* Liaison with ELT, VISN and National SCI Office.
Education/Training responsibilities include and not limited to:
* Excellence in training for Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder residents, rehabilitation residents, orthopedic residents and medical students.
* Excellence in training in allied health professionals (PT, OT, speech therapy students).
* Creates a climate where continuous learning and self-development are valued.
Research responsibilities include and not limited to:
* Develop, implement and maintain a program of research that addresses topics of importance to veterans with spinal cord injuries/disorders.
* Actively participate in identification of avenues of novel SCI research as well as design of appropriate methodology and analytical approaches.
* Facilitates translation of research findings into improved patient outcomes.
Customer Service responsibilities include and not limited to:
* Effectively communicates with and utilizes other disciplines (e.g. nursing, medicine) to facilitate treatment planning and implementation.
* Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members in a manner that enhances coordination of comprehensive patient care.
* Relationship with supervisors, co-workers, patients, visitors and the general public is consistently courteous and cooperative in nature and overall, contributes to the effective operation of the case management program.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday,with possibility of extended hours and weekends. NOTE: Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.
Functional Statement Title/#: Chief, Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Service
Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs 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.
Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Physical requirements outlined below.
Board Certification in Physiatry, Neurology, Internal Medicine or Surgery with a subspecialty board certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.
Demonstrated administrative leadership skills.
Eligible for clinical privileges in spinal cord injury.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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:?, Light carrying less than 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking 1 hour; Standing 2 hours; Mostly sitting; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in other eye; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Working with hands in water; Working closely with others; Protracted or irregular hours of work. All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Resume
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Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1741575.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.