The Medicine Service Line at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (PVAHCS) is recruiting a full-time permanent Chief ofthe Nephrology Section. The Chief of the Nephrology Section reports to the Chief of the Medicine Service. The Chief has a combination of administrative, clinical, research and educational roles. Administratively, the Chief is the primary supervisor of the Nephrology Section and the Director of the Hemodialysis Unit. The Chief provides oversight of the physicians, nurses and dialysis technicians within the group. The Chief along with the other nephrologists is expected to provide clinical coverage of patient services as either a primary provider or in a consultative role. As a leader and manager of the Nephrology Section you will be required to, but not limited to, the following:
-Exceptional and skilled as a leader and manager, focusing on patient care and developing staff.
- Establish and maintain organization structure, performance standards, and providing feedback and evaluations of Nephrology staff.
-Management of Consults related to the Nephrology Section.
-Effectively utilize clinic appointment slots and work in collaboration with Health Administrative Services.
-Ensure appropriate capture of workload and timely closure of open encounters.
-Perform regular reviews of labor mapping and confirm appropriate allocation.
-Complete Initial and Ongoing Professional Performance Evaluations (OPPE) of nephrology providers as mandated by facility policies.
-Provide staff with goals or targets on a yearly basis and evaluate those performances.
-Ensure appropriate coverage of clinics and the on-call schedule.
-Assign protected peer reviews and attend Protect Peer Review committee when needed as a subject matter expert.
-Respond to patient, Congressional, and VHA concerns in a timely fashion as assigned by the Chief of Medicine, Chief of Staff, or the Medical Director.
-Review and appropriately respond to Non-VA Coordinated Care Consults.
The Chief of Nephrology will be expected to act in a clinical capacity as a nephrologist based upon labor mapping guidelines.The Chief participates, oversees, and collaborates to ensure that all applicable clinical functions, which include inpatient care, outpatient care, and consultative medicine, are performed. The Chief of Nephrology is tasked with providing timely and courteous service to all Veterans seeking care and clinical documentation is made readily available to the referring practitioners.The Chief of Nephrology shouldperform procedures as indicated by training and credentials as applicable, with appropriate oversight of medical residents per ACGME guidelines.Nephrologists provide consultation to medical patients from the Emergency Department, Renal Clinic, Inpatient setting, Outpatient setting, Community Living Center, and Dialysis Unit.The candidate provides direct professional Nephrology services to patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.Evaluates and treats patients with known or suspected renal disease.Develops treatment plans to include but not limited to: dialysis (both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, continuous renal replacement therapy, slow low efficiency dialysis), rounds on hospitalized patients, attending in the Renal Clinic, writing of patient related orders and writing prescription medications, writing for consultative services, diet instruction, and other physician driven or exclusive decisions.Candidate provides medical and technical support and supervision to any Medicine residents and/or students.Candidate provides and/or participates in the resident didactic and clinical care education program for any residents, students, or clinical staff of the Phoenix VA Health Care System.Candidate provides both medical and technical support, as applicable, to RNs, LPNs, Health Technicians, PA-Cs and NPs.
The Chief of the Nephrology Section collaborates with other physicians to ensure proper education of medical students and residents according to LCME and ACGME guidelines.
The candidate must have completed an Internal Medicine Residency and Nephrology Fellowship. The candidate should be board certified or board eligible in Nephrology; board certification is preferred.Experience effectively managing physicians, dialysis nurses, and dialysis technicians is a highly recommended skill. Experience with dialysis equipment, water purification using reverse osmosis and water quality measurements (chemical, microbiologic) that adhere to AAMI standards is required. Experience teaching residents and medical students and familiarity with ACGME rules are preferred skills.
Work Schedule: Candidate provides on-call coverage on an as-needed basis during normal working hours, holidays, nights and weekends, as agreed upon by the nephrologists
Functional Statement Title: Chief, Nephrologist
Basic Requirements: 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.
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: You will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment physical and fingerprinting prior to being appointed to our facility.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
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 1969709.
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.