Job opening: Physician (Chief of Staff)
Salary: $147 000 - 375 000 per year
Published at: Feb 12 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The Chief of Staff (COS) is the Chief Medical Officer of the Iowa City VA Health Care System, an 83-bed full-service 1b tertiary care facility with 10 Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Decorah IA, Waterloo, IA, Cedar Rapids IA, Coralville IA, Ottumwa IA, Quincy IL, Galesburg IL, Sterling IL, Davenport IA, and Dubuque IA.
The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.
The Chief of Staff (COS) is responsible for the management and operation of all clinical programs and services offered in the medical center, including Primary Care and Women's Health, Integrated Clinical Services, Mental Health, Medicine, Surgery, Integrated Clinical Services, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Research, Administrative Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Radiology, Pharmacy, Education, Clinical Informatics, Social Work, Community Care and Telehealth, as well as administrative responsibility for Credentialing and Privileging.
The COS is a member of the ELT, which is responsible for overall leadership, policy, planning budget, operations, and performance of the health care system.
As the chief medical officer, the incumbent must be a skilled communicator and have an extensive record of leadership as a clinician and an educator. The COS must be skillful and knowledgeable about healthcare operations to enable him/her to successfully manage a complex tertiary care facility.
Working with members of the ELT, Clinical Service Chiefs, and other facility leadership, the incumbent will determine goals, priorities and direction for the clinical Services and ensure the implementation of local, VISN and national policies. The incumbent will conduct regular meetings to keep staff abreast of all clinical decisions, policies, procedures, goals, and priorities and will foster ethical decision-making. Emphasis will be placed on quality outcomes, patient satisfaction, and providing cost-effective/efficient services to the medical center's Veterans and customers.
Participating in the resource allocation process to include provision of sufficient number of qualified and competent persons to provide patient care and treatment, as well as necessary equipment and supplies and adequate space to provide such care and treatment.
The COS supervises staff as noted above and exercises full supervisory authority, either as a first- or second-line supervisor. Supervisory duties include, but are not limited to, the selection, retention, and promotion of staff; the development and completion of performance standards and appraisals; addressing grievances; applying disciplinary policies; and nominating staff for incentive awards in all matters concerning the COS Services staff.
This position is predominantly administrative, but the incumbent may have up to 20% of his/her time in a clinical role consistent with his/her training and specialty.
The COS reports directly to the Medical Center Director and works closely with other members of the Executive Leadership Team.
The COS is expected to have sufficient expertise and experience to function independently except on very unusual occasions and is anticipated to primarily serve as a supervisor to others.
VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.
Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid 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)
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting
Work Schedule: Typical work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, additional information may be provided during interview process.
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.
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.
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 asked to participate in a pre-employment examination or evaluation as part of the pre-employment process for this position. Questions about physical demands or environmental factors may be addressed at the time of evaluation or examination.
Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
- Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
- Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
- For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.]
NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.
- Address Iowa City VA Health Care System
601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246
- Name: Nordia Malcolm
- Phone: 410-605-7000 X51191
- Email: [email protected]