Physician (Mercer CBOC)

The Primary Care Physician located at the Mercer County Community Based Outpatient Clinic is a member of the Chief of Staff service line and directly reports to the Associate Chief of Staff for Primary Care. A primary care staff physician is responsible for maintaining professional, technical, and administrative knowledge, competencies, and skills to provide effective, timely and quality responses to patient's health care needs. They are responsible for primary care of a panel of primary care patients. All physicians comply with credentialing and privileging and required monitoring and evaluation criteria. The physicians maintain high clinical standards that are carried into decision-making processes, and continually strive to maintain and enhance skills, which may include teaching residents and students. The physicians comply with current standards for medical record documentation and residency supervision. Physicians will achieve a satisfactory compliance rate with the established Clinical Reminders, Clinical Performance Measures and Prevention Indicators (EPRP). The physician will provide appropriate care for veterans ranging in age from 18 through geriatric years, taking into consideration diagnosis and physical, functional, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural needs. S/he serves as a resource for physician extenders (i. e., nurse practitioners and physician assistants) who are also delivering primary care and responds to all staff in the primary care teams in regards to patient concerns.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Schedule may occasionally deviate from the usual 8:00am to 4:30 pm shift schedule
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

  • Primary outpatient care of assigned patient panel, utilizing a team approach, across the continuum of care including comprehensive health assessment and care management.
  • Continuity and coordination of care management.
  • Advocating for patient needs.
  • Compliance with chronic disease and prevention indicators.
  • Ensuring supervision of students and residents, when applicable.
  • Maintaining clinical and administrative competencies.
  • Actively participating in ongoing process of performance improvement in Primary Care.
  • Participating in Medical Center committees and administrative assignments.
  • Effectively managing health services.
  • Serving as a consultant in Primary Care.
  • Serving as a role model and/or facilitator in maintaining ethical and professional standards.
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.
  • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.
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: Some moderate lifting (25 pounds and over); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 3 hours); standing (up to 3 hours); repeated bending (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; hearing (aid permitted).

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