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Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
Visas Accepted:H1
Specialty:Hospitalist - Internal Medicine
Opportunity Description:

The Tuscaloosa, Alabama VA Medical Center is searching for a BE/BC Family Medicine/Internal Medicine Physician to join their dynamic healthcare team as a Staff Hospitalist. The facility has 2 part time openings.

Facility will consider Green Card Holders and H1B candidates.

 The Hospitalist is a staff physician responsible for maintaining professional, technical and administrative knowledge, competencies and skills to provide effective, timely and quality responses to patients who present themselves with acute or emergent health care problems during weekends, holidays, evenings and nights (WHEN), specifically.

The Hospitalist is responsible for overall clinical leadership during on WHEN duty hours and ensures the quality of medical and mental health services provided, the education and training of professional staff, and the safety and ethical conduct of medical research conducted on patients assigned under purview. A comprehensive skill set of clinical and administrative expertise is required to meet the needs of widespread rural health patient populations.

The Hospitalist must demonstrate knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers. The Hospitalist may be required to collaborate with one or more advance practice nurses or physicians assistants. The Hospitalist is a physician and serves as the primary point of accountability in the service and maximizes the efficient use of available resources.

The physician maintains high clinical standards that are carried into decision-making processes and maintain BLS certification.All physicians comply with credentialing and privileging and required monitoring and evaluation criteria. The physicians comply with current standards for medical record documentation. The Hospitalist will provide medical coverage for the entire VA medical facility.

Duties include: The Hospitalist will provide professional patient care approximately 50% of the time and administrative duties 50% of the time. The duties and responsibilities of the hospitalist physician include but are not limited to the following:

• Functioning as facility’s medical officer for weekends, holidays, evenings or nights (WHEN)

• Providing admission and discharge management for inpatient units outside of regular administrative hours

• Working with clinical staff, supervisors, managers and team leaders in the facility to achieve and maintain high standards of performance

• Obtaining certification to perform administrative reviews to complete Compensation & Pension (C&P) Disability Benefits Questionnaires through record review

• Participating in the development of long and short-term goals for the continued improvement of medical services throughout the organization

• Functioning as advisor to the Chief of Staff, Associate Director, Associate Director for Nursing and Patient Care Services, and Facility Director on issues related to the provision of direct patient care during WHEN duty hours

• Functioning as a collaborating provider for Advance Practice Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, as needed

• Participating on Medical Center committees, workgroups and systems redesign projects, as needed.

• Contributing to the development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of services to patients during WHEN hours.

• Facilitating compliance with standards established by oversight and regulatory entities such as Joint Commission, CARF, OSHA, CAP, OIG, etc.

• Providing coverage as Employee Health Physician during WHEN hours

• Ensuring timely completion of all program evaluations and documents associated with clinical care reviews and medical advisory opinions by the Medical Center, VISN, and/or VACO

• Ensuring that Reusable Medical Equipment systematic processes are utilized

• Complying with the Green Environmental Management System goals

The Hospitalist is responsible for the completion of the environmental aspect/impact analysis in collaboration with the GEMS Coordinator, for effective implementation of the operational strategies developed through the GEMS program to ensure regulatory compliance, and for improving environmental performance within her/her service.

Also the physician shall consider environmentally preferable and recycled products in all purchasing decisions.• Complying with Cultural Transformation & Patient Centered Care goals. The physician will reinforce perception of excellent care through cultural transformation and patient centered cultural improvement projects. The physician will indirectly and directly provide efforts to support a cultural change and patient centered culture at TVAMC.

Salary Range: up to $264,000 per year

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate

The selected candidate may be eligible to apply for partial student loan reimbursement under the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), subject to available funding. You will be required to make contact with the Program Coordinator in Human Resources within 30 days of your appointment date to confirm your eligibility and initiate application paperwork.

Qualifications Required:

• U.S. citizenship

• Degree of doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, or an equivalent degree

• 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

• Must have completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed

• Proficient in spoken and written English

• Must meet physical standards established for this position

Preferred Experience: Board certification in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.

Practice Type: Employee
Available Date:
Up to $264,000
Malpractice:Covered by VA
Facility Description:

The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (TVAMC) is located in West Alabama, where the facility is situated on a beautiful campus of 125 acres with 25 major buildings. TVAMC provides primary care, long-term health care, rehabilitative care, and mental health care services to eligible Veterans in VISN 7.  The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center provides access to secondary and tertiary care services.


Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center has active affiliations with the University of Alabama School of Medicine at both Tuscaloosa and Birmingham campuses. Over 200 University residents interns and students are trained at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center each year. There are nursing student affiliations with the University of Alabama, University of Alabama Birmingham, University of South Alabama, Samford University, Shelton State Community College, Lawson State University, Mississippi University for Women, Wallace State Community College and Jacksonville State University. The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center also has affiliations with the University of Illinois College of Optometry, University of Alabama School of Optometry,  Southern College of Optometry, Samford University School of Pharmacy, Auburn University School of Pharmacy, Auburn University School of Speech, University of Montevallo School of Speech and Audiology, University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry, University of Alabama School of Social Work and the University of Florida School of Social Work.

The facility also has affiliations with numerous colleges and universities for the schools of Business Administration, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Recreational Therapy and Office Administration.

Type of Facility

Long term, mental health, physical rehabilation and outpatient primary care services.

Special Programs

Primary Care Services (Outpatient)
Women's Health and Mammography
Geriatric and Extended Care Services
Rehabilitation Services
Skilled Nursing Home
Dementia program
Home and Community Programs
Inpatient Mental Health Services
Acute, Sustained Treatment and Rehab (STAR)
Outpatient Mental Health Services
Substance Use Disorders
Dual Diagnosis
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Program
Mental Health Intensive Case Management
Health Care for Homeless Veterans
Partial Hospitalization
Community Residential Care
Vocational Rehabilitation
Residential Programs
 - Substance Abuse (SARRTP - 21 beds)
 - PTSD (PRRP - 15 beds)
- Compensated Work Therapy Transitional Residence (CWT-TR 12 beds)
 - Homeless Domiciliary (DRRTP - 48 beds)

Community Description:

Tuscaloosa, the largest city in western Alabama, is located 45 miles from Birmingham (the largest city in Alabama) and 225 miles from Alabama and Florida’s beautiful beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. The climate of western Alabama is very pleasant; the average annual temperature is 65 degrees. This climate supports nearly year-round activities such as fishing, gardening, and year-round golf and tennis.

The Tuscaloosa community has a major medical center; public and private schools with outstanding academic and athletic programs; affordable housing; extremely low property taxes; and a wide range of professional, social and leisure activities. Tuscaloosa is also the home of the 2009 NCAA Football Champions, The University Of Alabama Crimson Tide. Tuscaloosa, made both strong and beautiful by its diversity, offers culture, and a healthy coming together of races, backgrounds, and beliefs.


Community Size:Small/Rural
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