Provides comprehensive patient care in the form of consultative inpatient and outpatient Neurology patient care at the VA Maine Healthcare System, Togus campus and select Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). The incumbent will work under the general supervision of the Chief, Neurology Section and the Chief, Medical Service The VA Maine Healthcare System is an acute care facility operating 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. While most tours of duty are scheduled during the day, the possibility of working evenings, nights and weekends does exist. On-call and shift changes will be considered based on patient and facility needs. The typical work schedule is Monday-Friday, 08:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding recognized Federal holidays. In addition, the incumbent will participate in after hours on call responsibilities (no more than one in four rotation). The staff Neurologist works within her or his privileges at all times. The Neurologist is expected to maintain current knowledge and skills. She or he must be able to deliver interventions throughout the full spectrum of neurological care, i.e. she or he is expected to maintain good diagnostic and therapeutic acumen. Primary duties are to perform full general neurological examinations on established or newly consulted patients, including electronic consultations (eConsults) in the Neurology clinics, inpatient wards or Emergency Department for signs or symptoms of neurologic dysfunction. The Neurologist will ensure communication with the hospitalists regarding inpatients and/or potential admissions. The Neurologist will also interpret EEGs and Evoked Potential Studies as well as perform EMGs. The neurologist performs telehealth functions using VA video connect and Clinical Video Telehealth. They will participate in the VA Tele-stroke program. Responsibilities will include performing Compensation and Pension exams and/or reviews, participation in quality assurance programs and chart reviews and completing medical records in accordance with Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules and Regulations. The staff Neurologist exercises corporate citizenship by serving as a leader and/or active member on Medical Center committees as requested and attending Medical Service Staff meetings and meetings of the Medical/Dental staff. Teaches effectively and creatively and provides guidance to others involved in the delivery of the educational program. Maintains Basic Life Support Certification and completes all mandatory training by due date. The staff Neurologist provides expanded access to services via off normal tour or on call periods. 3. Supervision: Practices independently, using professional judgment and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to veterans and their significant others/family members. Incumbent is given authority to make his/her own work assignments within the program area to which assigned. Consults with the supervisor as needed and with colleagues to develop knowledge and apply agency policies and practices to new matters. His/her work is reviewed for technical adequacy and conformance with procedures and practices applicable to the subject. Uses initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from traditional methods or trends and patterns to develop new methods, criteria, and proposed new policies. Practices at an advanced level and independently gathers relevant information to guide practice. Reports to the Chief, Neurology Section and/or his/her designee. 4. Qualifications: See VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2. Basic requirements include: Citizen 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 residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certifications. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Board Certification or eligibility in Neurology by the appropriate accrediting agencies. Current BLS and ACLS certification. work schedule is Monday-Friday, 08:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. In addition, the incumbent will participate in after hours on call responsibilities (no more than one in four rotation). Education Debt Reduction Program: This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program, a student loan reimbursement program. If selected for this position you must meet specific eligibility requirements, and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment services Office. Recruitment Incentive: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.