The New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) in Albuquerque, NM Department of Pathology is seeking a highly motivated AP/CP board-certified pathologist to serve as the Lead (Chief) of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS). NMVAHCS provides a broad range of inpatient and outpatient health care services at the main medical center located in Albuquerque, NM and at various community-based outpatient clinics located throughout the state. This position will be responsible for the administrative and technical oversight of diagnostic services provided by the clinical laboratory and will participate in anatomic and clinical service work. Diagnostic services include Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Molecular Pathology, and a wide range of Clinical Pathology activities. Applicants should have a strong background in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, strong administrative skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, possess a collaborative attitude, and a commitment to the education of medical students, residents, and fellows. Successful candidates should actively participate in departmental and hospital committees. The incumbent is responsible for directing and coordinating functions of the service; functions are diverse and encompass patient care, administration, education, and research. Incumbent reports to the Chief, VISN 22 Consolidated Pathology. Make judgments about the medical significance of clinical lab data and communicates effectively in interpreting and correlating lab data to providers; provides consultation to clinicians when appropriate. Responsible for P&LMS representation on committees such as Tumor Conference, Transfusion Review, Inpatient Care Board, Ancillary Testing, etc. Diagnose surgical and cytologic specimens; interact to provide expert consultative services to providers on follow-up case material. Perform and provide diagnosis on specimens obtained by fine-needle aspiration. Perform gross and microscopic examination of tissue and cytologic material and provide reports in a timely manner. Ensure a quality improvement program is well defined, effectively implemented, and monitored to provide continuous improvements and cost-effective operations in the service. Develop and effective plan to monitor all work performed in the laboratory to determine reliability of data and efficiency in delivery of results to providers. Ensure the selection of all outside referral labs is made to provide quality of testing and cost efficiencies. Ensure the maintenance of comprehensive quality control, proficiency testing, and peer review programs to meet accrediting agency requirement. Provide cost-effective and efficient administration of the P&LMS, including budget planning and responsible fiscal management. Ensure sufficient numbers and types of qualified personnel are available to perform service work. Ensure compliance with accrediting agency requirements is met. Ensure adequate space, equipment, and supplies are available to perform work of service. Ensure test requests are made by authorized providers; ensure requests provide all necessary patient and specimen information; ensure proper instructions are issued for specimen collection, handling, and processing. Ensure all tests are performed appropriately and in a timely manner; ensure results are readily available to the providers. Ensure work environment is safe, employees understand and follow all stated safety policies and procedures; ensure service is in compliance with applicable safety regulations. Provide educational direction for laboratory staff via in-service, continuing education, professional meetings, etc. Foster and support clinical research, plan and direct research and development when appropriate. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized for this position. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
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