How applicants will be referred:This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications and subsequent cut-off dates are on the 1st of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. 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. Incumbent will maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) and current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certifications. 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: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties of Physician, under normal and emergent conditions. Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices, heavy carrying of 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking or standing up to 4 hours per day; repeated bending up to 1-2 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hearing aid permitted. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Relocation/Recruitment Incentive approved Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not authorized Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid 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) 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 (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The Chief of Surgery is responsible for the overall operation and supervision of a broad range of surgical services. These surgical services provide quality improvement, maintenance of reusable medical equipment, and the provision of excellent inpatient and outpatient care. He/she insures national, network, and local missions, values, vision, and performance measures are supported and met, provides efficient management of resources and budgetary constraints, facilities a collaborative team environment, develops orientation and training of pertinent clinical staff under the service, and proactively identifies needs and concerns concerning the service. The Chief of Surgery reports to the facility's Chief of Staff and is a member of the Medical Executive Committee. The incumbent should have administrative experience in outpatient surgical clinic, acute surgical inpatient unit, and operating room. The Chief of Surgery must have expansive experience with coordinating operating room schedules and facilitating the daily surgery schedule. The Chief of Surgery oversees and coordinates all surgical services for the operating room, endoscopy suite, and PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit). The incumbent will be an operational, working physician with at least 50% time dedicated to clinical care and 50% devoted to administrative and educational (research) duties. Administrative: The Chief of Surgery is responsible for making long-range plans for the continuing function and development of the surgical service and for the development of sound and carefully documented organizational plans and budgetary proposals for presentation to top management. He/she has the skill set to interact positively with the Medical Center's Executive Leadership Team to lead and promote surgical staff excellence and staff development with experience in an academic setting. The incumbent oversees the Surgical Service level quality improvement program, including VASQIP. The incumbent reviews clinical privileges for surgical staff, completes performance appraisals, assesses pay for performance and takes responsibility for recommending actions necessary to assure staff compliance with Medical Staff By-Laws, and relevant facility policies and regulations. The Chief of Surgery represents the service on important medical center committees with influence on patient care, teaching, and closely monitors all other committees on which surgery and specialty care service has representation. The Chief of Surgical Services is responsible for recruiting qualified physicians to perform comprehensive and specialized surgical patient care and teaching. The Chief of Surgical Services maintains an active role in the multi-faceted Peer Review Board (PRB) and by facilitating any outside surgical peer reviews requested through the Risk Manager. The Chief of Surgery plays a pivotal interactive role with quality/outcome measurement systems that are in place as integrated improvement tools. He/she assures that data collection is accurate and verified and that the returned aggregated data elements are communicated to the appropriate process owners and providers. Clinical: The Chief of Surgery is responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with medical and surgical diseases, accomplished through ambulatory and bed based resources assigned to the Surgical and Specialty care service. He/she actively participates in patient care by conducting patient clinics and operative procedures, through hospital rounds, morning reports, conferences, consultations, participation in ambulatory care and other similar activities. Despite the incumbent's extensive administrative responsibilities, he/she may have clinical responsibilities. His/her responsibilities may include: - Outpatient Clinic - Inpatient Services - Consultations - Ambulatory Surgery - Endoscopy Suite - Call coverage Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 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.