Emergency Medicine Chief

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

The Emergency Department Chief is a medical officer at the FVHCS and is responsible for the quality of care and the utilization of health care resources at the facility and within the community. The incumbent functions as an emergency department provider and administrator who must have strong managerial and organizations skills as well as extensive clinical knowledge. The Fargo VA Healthcare System Emergency Department provides care to approximately 9500 patients per year. Patients seen principally have a wide range of medical problems with occasional minor trauma. Two years of emergency department management experience is required. A primary objective of the Chief of the Emergency Department is to mentor and lead competent, satisfied staff dedicated to providing high quality patient-centered care at the Fargo VA Health Care System (FVAHCS.) The incumbent is responsible for the direct management and oversight of clinical and administrative operations within the Fargo VA Healthcare System Emergency Department. These duties include supervision (direct or indirect) of physicians, NPs and PAs in the Emergency Department, coordination of work schedules and responsibility for clinical performance measures. The incumbent works closely with other leaders within the ICC and facility to ensure optimization of resources in the care delivery model. Additionally, s/he participates in facility administrative, management, quality assurance, and other duties as necessary or assigned. Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, 0800 – 1630. Full-time staff are required to work a minimum of 80 hrs. per pay period (every two weeks) unless on leave status. The E.D. Chief may have to cover unexpected vacancies in the schedule as they arise. Our Facility: The Fargo VA Health Care System is a Level 2 Medical Center and a member of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 23. This facility combines a 39 bed medical facility along with a 38 bed Community Living Center (CLC) providing transitional care, both accredited by the Joint Commission. Fargo also has a Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Office on campus, offering veterans the unique opportunity to obtain health care, benefits services, and Readjustment Counseling at one location. Due to the growing veteran population in our service area, ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) have been established. The Fargo Health Care System provides a wide spectrum of primary and tertiary acute and extended care inpatient and outpatient activities in an academic setting. The Fargo Health Care System has an active research program and has a successful affiliation with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. About Fargo: If you’re looking for variety, North Dakota has it all! The state experiences all four of the breathtaking seasons, has a growing economy, rolling farmlands, and the lowest unemployment rate in the country. The Fargo-Moorhead area is a lively, vibrant community featuring three universities, one technical/community college as well as a thriving arts scene. If you like sports, Fargo is home to the FM Redhawks (Independent Baseball Organization), the Fargo Force (USHL Hockey Team), the Red River Valley Speedway as well as the North Dakota State University Bison. We also are in close proximity to attend the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks Division I hockey games. There are an assortment of outdoor activities from which to choose – snowmobiling, ice fishing, regular fishing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, hunting, tubing, canoeing, hiking, camping, & biking to name a few. For more information about Fargo check us out at http://www.fargomoorhead.org/ or http://livability.com/fargo/nd/magazine(A complete Functional Statement is available upon request)Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. 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.
Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay)