Physician (Regular Ft) - Primary Care / Whole Health
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: 622363900
The Physician will evaluate outpatients at John Cochran Division. The Whole Health Physician has training in integrative medicine and health and embraces the principles of the Whole Health System, which seeks to empower and equip Veterans to meet their health and well-being goals. Treatment plans are integrative and address root causes of disease progression. Attention to health coaching, health literacy, and long-term well-being are integral to care plans. The Physician will evaluate, diagnose, treat and provide consultation to ambulatory adults outpatients at John Cochran Division. The Whole Health Physician has training in integrative medicine and health and embraces the principles of the Whole Health System, which seeks to empower and equip Veterans to meet their health and well-being goals. Treatment plans are integrative and address root causes of disease progression. Attention to health coaching, health literacy, and long-term well-being are integral to care plans. Duties for Primary Care faculty include providing direct patient care in an outpatient setting with teaching opportunities for residents and medical students. Prior training or clinical experience in an academic teaching environment is preferred. Provide comprehensive assessment, Personal Health Planning, and clinic intervention, including comprehensive patient assessment, health history, physical examination, and patient education to Veterans. Function as an integral part of a Primary Care multi-disciplinary team to coordinate, facilitate, and provide patient care and services. appropriate response to emergency health problems. Initiate appropriate referrals and consultations to other clinical services. Order and evaluate diagnostic tests as appropriate, recommend treatment and/or referral. Validate the effectiveness of previously implemented medical treatment. Initiate, evaluate, and change orders for medications. Include patient and family in planning care and establishing realistic measurable goals for health maintenance/improvement. Record/document health appraisal information, clinical assessments, treatment decisions, plan of care, ongoing management and therapeutic outcomes, order medications, diagnostic tests and referral consultations where needed for every patient encounter; recording will be accomplished using the electronic comprehensive patient record system (CPRS), and will be completed on the day of the encounter. Respond to computerized "alerts" indicating diagnostic test abnormalities and to health line requests from Veterans/family members on the day of receipt (weekends excepted). Follow Performance Measure guidelines, including completion of clinical reminders in CPRS. Access and timeliness standards; prescription order entry, National VA formulary requirements, and customer service standards. Work effectively with patients, families, and members of the multi-disciplinary team to include dietetic, health behavior, nursing, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage clinicians. Demonstrates flexibility in responding to clinic demands, adhere to personal and professional obligations and responsibilities, practice and maintain ethical standards, and sustain a work environment that is harmonious and customer service oriented. Providers will act as surrogates for the patients of their colleagues when their colleagues are on leave/travel. Serving as a resource for nurse practitioners or physician assistants who are also delivering primary care and responds to all staff in the primary care teams regarding patient concerns. Teach and train residents as part of the academic partnership with our affiliates. Uses advanced clinical knowledge to lead and promote staff involvement in planning, implementing, and evaluating interventions that will affect patient or service/system outcomes.
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.