Deputy Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 666740800
Infection Prevention and Infection Control at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is a crucial activity. Evidence-based prevention and control activities directed toward healthcare-associated infections and other infectious conditions are integral components of the Infection Prevention and Control Program. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: - Infectious Diseases- Board certified in Infections Disease - Mid-career, Associate or Full Professor - 5+ years of experience in the practice of healthcare epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship, antibiotic resistance in an academic setting, public health or equivalent - MPH/MS, CDC EIS, CIC or other formal training in Epidemiology OR established history of research in related field - Experienced in methodologies of Quality and Performance Improvement - Established experience and skills in informatics and healthcare data analytics - Proven record of leadership of multidisciplinary health care teams 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: Physical demands include repetitive body movements including the following: frequent reaching, standing, walking, and lifting of equipment and/or patients to provide patient care. This position requires extension of the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction including above or below shoulder level, during the provision of patient care, including retrieval of needed equipment, supplies and to make contact with the patient. This position requires the maintenance of an upright position to perform duties associated with patient care. This position is typically non-sedentary, and frequently involves being in the standing position. This position requires moving about accomplish tasks, such as assisting with patient ambulation and moving one patient area to the next. This position requires the raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position or the movement of objects horizontally position to position. Lifting may be done to move a patient from one location to the next, i.e.- from the exam table to the chair, and in the movement of equipment or supplies. Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted. ["The Deputy Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention assists the Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention in managing and directing for the Infection Prevention department. In the absence of the Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, the Deputy Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention will fulfill the duties of the Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection. This position also impacts the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and a vital role in committees and task forces (e.g. Nosocomial Infection Prevention (NIP) subcommittee patient safety, Central Line Infection Prevention (CLIP), Associated Catheter Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), MRSA prevention, RME committee and survey team, participates as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on appropriate incident command and other targeted teams, Ventilator-associated Pneumonia Prevention (VAPP) team, surgical site infection workgroup, and nursing clinical council. The Deputy Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention assists the Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention in the following duties will include the following: Leading the Infection Prevention department to prevent and/or control infections in the health care environment, including providing supervision for the Nurse Manager, Infection Prevention, and any other supporting staff for the department that are not supervised by the Nurse Manager, Infection Prevention. Using guidance established by VA Central Office and other applicable regulatory/accreditation agencies and ensuring all polices are reviewed and revised to align with all applicable guidance. Ensuring that ICRA standards are met for all construction sites to minimize exposure for patients and VAPHS employees and maintain control for the CLC. Participating in Environment of Care rounds an ensuring that the built environment is suitable for patient care and processes in place prevent environment-transmission of pathogenic organisms. Collaborates with Microbiology in the selection, distribution, and diagnostic stewardship of clinical and environmental testing for organisms of clinical significance. Provides direct patient care as part of the Infectious Diseases Division, including inpatient and outpatient consultation services. Maintains of a high degree of excellence in clinical outcomes while providing efficient patient care. Participates in quality assurance programs and chart reviews. Advises other departments and committees as necessary as an Infection Prevention subject matter expert Supports the Emergency Management Committee in high consequence pathogen preparation VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm"]
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.