The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas, is seeking a fellowship trained Pulmonologist to provide Sleep Medicine services to our Veteran population, who also has the desire and ability to provide Critical Care service in our ICUs. Experience in an academic setting is preferred, as well as board-certification. The incumbent serves as a Staff Physician in the Pulmonary/Critical Care Section in Medicine Service of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) and is responsible for all aspects of pulmonary and critical care to Veteran patients. The incumbent is involved in clinical, educational and research programs which will involve the supervision and teaching of fellows and residents through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Education Program. The Staff Pulmonologist will participate in quality assurance/performance measures, research development and maintaining internal/external organizational liaisons. The incumbent is responsible for participating in a variety of meetings and/or committees within and related to the Medicine Service, facility-wide committees, VISN 16 and our university affiliate UAMS. The Staff Pulmonologist may have a faculty appointment with UAMS. Providing care for the full spectrum of sleep disorders, is comprised of general and subspecialty sleep disorders clinics, inpatient consultative services, in-lab and home-based sleep testing, tele-sleep services to its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), 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 Chief of Pulmonology 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. Participates and is responsible for ongoing professional performance evaluations in collaboration with the Chief of Medicine (e.g. Ongoing Professional Evaluations (OPPE), Focused Professional Practice Evaluations (FPPE), etc.) The Staff Pulmonologist reports directly to the Chief of Pulmonology and fully cooperates with other staff of Medicine Service and other health care services. Other functions to be performed may include but are not limited to: Coordinate the clinical care of the medicine patients and collaborate with the other service(s) on the care of their patients. Facilitate communication among primary care physicians, hospitalists, specialists, patients and their families Provide inpatient consultations and attending responsibilities in pulmonary/critical care/sleep medicine and bronchoscopic procedures in appropriate cases; conduct general pulmonary/sleep outpatient clinics. Provide guidance to respiratory therapists. Responsible for appropriate documentation of clinic notes, consultations and procedures using the computerized patient record; and performing routine/emergency diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Admit, examine, treat, transfer and discharge patients referred to your service that require inpatient care and when appropriate Perform daily rounds on all assigned inpatients and write daily progress notes. Provide supplemental coverage to coverage to ICU in support of assigned hospitalist(s). Participate in after-hours coverage and call coverage as needed. Participate in activities of the medical center that are designed to meet the requirements of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health care Organizations (The Joint Commission) and other regulatory agencies as they apply to the position. Participate in committees and review processes when needed or requested. Participate in all activities of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Section that includes other programs such as the Sleep Study. Review and act upon access and productivity to ensure highest quality of care is provided to our veteran patients. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Travel Required: Not required Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office.
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.