VA Chief of Medicine Opportunity

  • Position Code
  • Address
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Preferred Specialty
    Academic, Program Director
  • Would Also Consider
    Acute Care Cardiopulmonary Gastroenterology Hospitalist Infectious Disease Nephrology Oncology, General
  • Last Updated
  • Practice Name
    Oklahoma City VA Medical Center
  • Salary
    • Competitive salary + annual performance bonus of up to $15,000 + guaranteed salary increases
    • Full benefits (see below)
    • Licensure: 1 Full and unrestricted license from any US State is permissible to work at this facility
    • CME: $1,000 per year stipend for reimbursement + 1 week paid authorized absence to attend
    • Malpractice: Liability protection with tail coverage provided
    • No Physician Employment Contract!

    You’ll find the VA has a lot to offer, including the unmatched satisfaction you’ll get from caring for those who have served our country. In addition to competitive pay and liability protection, the VA also offers a robust benefits plan that includes:

    Paid Time Off:

    • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave–you can carry over up to 86 days into a new year
    • 13 Days paid sick leave available for valid use. At end of career, unused sick leave can be used to extend creditable service for retired pay purposes!
    • 10 Federal holidays with pay
    • 5 Days paid Authorized Absence to attend CME


    • Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA)
    • Dental & Vision Insurance: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans
    • VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care fir expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
    • Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government
    • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

    Federal Retirement Plan:

    • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-FRAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
    • How is the pension funded? VA employees hired after January 1, 2014 automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employee’s salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee’s salary
    • Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2015,employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $18,000,while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $24,000
    • The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution
    • For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
    • In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
    • Disability Retirement
    • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years’ s

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The Oklahoma City VA Health Care System is seeking a well-qualified full-time Physician with innovative leadership skills and good interpersonal skills to join the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System as Chief of Medicine.  The Physician will also hold an academic appointment with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and serve as the Vice Chair for VA Affairs within the Department of Medicine. Works closely with the residency and fellowship program directors of student education to assure the highest standards of medical education and training and compliance with ACGME and LCME accreditation rules. The Service Chief will assume clinical and administrative responsibilities and demonstrate positive team spirit. The Physician will be granted clinical privileges as a licensed independent practitioner in the applicable medical specialty. The Chief, Medicine Service, reports to and serves as the principle advisor to the Chief of Staff (COS) in all Medicine Service professional, clinical, administrative, and quality performance matters.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

· Monitoring and ensuring that Medicine Service complies with agency regulations, medical staff bylaws, facility policies, Joint Commission (JC) standards, and other regulations.
· Overseeing professional and administrative activities within the assigned division including selection, orientation and continuing education of staff in collaboration with other Physician leaders.
· Assisting in coordination of program development to strengthen Medicine Service clinical programs and operational issues; and advise the Chief of Staff about the adequacy and appropriateness of the organization’s scope of services and its professional and support staff.
· Assuring that individuals with clinical privileges competently provide service within the scope of privileges granted.
· Recommending appointment and clinical privileges for each member of the division and others requesting privileges within the division.
· Developing and implementing policies and procedures; oversight of administrative and programmatic resources; and monitoring outcomes using data-driven quality assurance processes.
· Utilizing 25% of their time providing clinical services to Veterans within their specialty and privileges. These duties may include clinical appointments, performing procedures, conducting diagnostic evaluations, medication management and consultations.
· Areas of responsibility consist of: Acute Care (Hospitalist), Cardiopulmonary (Cardiology, Pulmonary and Respiratory Therapy), and medical specialties (Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Oncology/Chemo, Dermatology, and Rheumatology).

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