This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. 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), 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 Qualification: Board Certification through the American Board of Surgery (ABS). 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: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Authorized. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment) Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more. 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 Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm The VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is seeking a Chief of Surgery to join the Chief of Staff and the Executive Leadership Team in fulfilling its mission as a leader in Veteran's health care. The VA Northern California HCS includes Sacramento VA Medical Center - a 81 bed inpatient facility with four Operating Rooms and Emergency Services; Martinez VA Outpatient Clinic which includes an Ambulatory Surgical Unit and a 120-bed community living center (CLC); and 13 Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCS) throughout the Northern California region serving over 100,000 Veterans. In addition, VANCHCS holds a strong academic relationship with University of California, Davis Medical Center and a collaborative relationship with David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, CA. The Chief of Surgery will be responsible for the overall operation and supervision of Surgical Services across Northern California's large and complex VA health care system. Sections within Surgery include General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Urology, Ophthalmology, Optometry, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Gynecology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, and Podiatry. The responsibilities of this position comprise of oversight of all Surgical Sections, resident education, joint ventures/programs, quality improvement, patient access, productivity, accomplishing the metrics of the National Surgery Office, and continuing excellence in Inpatient and Outpatient care. In addition, the Chief will provide efficient management of resources and budget, facilitates a collaborative team environment, and proactively identifies needs and concerns of the Service. The selected candidate will supervise and teach UC Davis residents and medical students from the UC Davis Medical School and will receive an academic appointment at a level commensurate with their academic accomplishments and experience. The incumbent will also work with UC Davis teaching faculty to expand existing educational rotations for medical students and residents and will help develop new rotations at the VA Northern California HCS, as well as support research activities within the Surgery Service. Qualified candidates will be seasoned clinicians who demonstrate extensive and progressive leadership experience, both as a clinician and an administrator. Preferred candidates will have the ability to meet VA established performance measure goals and possess a thorough knowledge of the standards of the Veterans Health Administration and other accrediting bodies. The Chief of Surgery should possess the ability to promote innovation and lean management, be able to lead others and inspire organizational excellence."]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.