The specialist in palliative medicine serves as a consultant to other physicians for patients with life-limiting or serious advanced illnesses in an outpatient and/or hospital setting. The palliative medicine specialist is expert in history taking, physical examination, test interpretation, patient counseling, communication skills/advance care planning and differential diagnosis and medical therapeutics. The palliative medicine specialist evaluates and manages adults who have single or multiple disorders in all of the subspecialties in the broad field of medicine and specifically palliative medicine. The practice of palliative medicine is not delimited by the location in which a patient is seen and occurs in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Clinical duties include, but are not limited to:
1. Outpatient clinics related to Palliative Care
2. Residents and fellows supervision and training in clinic
3. Inpatient palliative medicine consult service attending
4. Creation and management of templates and order sets to facilitate non-face to face care (Consults, e-consultation).
5. Completion of palliative medicine E-consults, face to face, and telehealth consults.
6. Indirect patient care: returning telephone calls, responding to patient emails, reviewing and renewing prescriptions, reviewing laboratory and imaging data, communicating results to patients, and implementing improved quality in systems delivery.
Teaching is an integral component of the activities of a palliative medicine specialist at the Portland VA Health Care System. The incumbent will be expected to have outstanding teaching skills. Teaching will be conducted at the bedside and in clinics, as well as in didactic sessions with learners at all levels. Teaching is an important part of each patient encounter and should be a component of the documentation provided to patients (Aftervisit Summaries) and to referring providers (clinic notes or e-Consults). Administrative responsibilities related to the Palliative Medicine/Hospice fellowship program may be included.
The incumbent will participate in shared coverage of night and weekend call, cross coverage, and other clinical responsibilities of the palliative medicine Section.
All staff physicians are expected to engage in quality and safety activities, related to their sphere of work. You may be asked to perform occasional peer reviews, as well as professional performance evaluations, which are required of all staff providers. Other administrative duties may be assigned, as appropriate.
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 0800-1630
Functional Statement Title: Adult Internal Medicine or Family Medicine Physician/Palliative Medicine-DHSM
Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
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:
(1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
(3) 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.
Licensure and Registration.
Physicians must possess a 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
English Language Proficiency.
Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
Note: 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 G2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: This position will require walking, standing or sitting for periods of up to or beyond 10 to 12 hours each day. In addition, the incumbent will need to bend, lift and turn. Under urgent or emergency situations, the incumbent will need to run, sprint or run up or down stairs.
The following documents are required by all applicants:
1. Resume (required)
2. Signed- VA Form 10-2850, "Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists & Chiropractors (Revision Jul 2006) (http://www.va.gov/vaforms/)
3. Responses to the questionnaire (required)--this is filled out onlinevia Application Manager once you click "apply now"
The following documents are required as applicable:
1. Copy of your transcript: if you are using education to qualify.
2. SF-50-If you are a current or former federal employee this document is required if using this to support eligibility for the position. please submit most recent non-award SF-50 (Displays grade, tenure and title. Federal employees may be able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF https://eopf.nbc.gov/va/)
If you are a preference eligible Veteran you need to include the following documents in addition to the above required documents:
3. SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, available at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx, if applicable
4. Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating, If applicable.
5. DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy) Showing Type of Discharge
Any other documents required by the checklist.
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:
*Other(VA Form 10-2850)
*Other Veterans Document
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.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1.To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1948429
2.Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 24, 2017Date to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1.Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2.Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
3.Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
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.