A Staff Surgeon on the Surgical Service within the Eastern Colorado VA Healthcare System is responsible for delivering excellent clinical and surgical care within their surgical specialty. Surgical care delivery will be performed in clinics, operating rooms, minor procedure rooms, and inpatient wards. 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. Board Certification - Not required. Completed, or are you currently completing, residency training, or fellowship training if applicable, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification? Possess a degree of doctor medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. Additional Requirement: Incumbent must meet existing Eastern Colorado VA Healthcare System requirements for physicians including credentialing and privileging requirements. Clinical and surgical experience in the surgical subspecialty is desired. Incumbent needs to present evidence of interest and involvement in both providing clinical and surgical care in the section's subspecialty. If the provider is non-surgical, the operative requirement is not applicable. Incumbent needs to demonstrate ability to communicate verbally and in writing and establish effective interpersonal relationships with all levels of medical center personnel. Preferred Experience: Knowledge of the proper infectious disease precautions and procedures, knowledge of fire safety/emergency, and hazardous materials procedures Preferred competencies include knowledge of health care system Quality Improvement, knowledge of Lean Six Sigma principles, knowledge of High Reliability Organization principles, knowledge of the principles of information management, knowledge of customer service standards and excellent interpersonal skills. 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: VA Directive and Handbook 5019, applicants must be able to perform the duties as a staff physician/surgeon. Independently mobilize (assistive device permitted). Hearing (aid permitted). Candidate must be able to communicate verbally. ["The Staff Surgeon insures national, network, and local missions, values, vision, and performance measures are supported and met. Provides efficient management of resources and budgetary constraints. Facilitates a collaborative team environment Develops orientation and training of pertinent clinical staff under the service, and proactively identifies needs and concerns concerning the service. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer 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 Clinical: 80% The majority of time worked by the Staff Surgeon will be providing clinical care. The Staff Surgeon is responsible for delivering high quality clinic and surgical care within their surgical specialty. Care will be provided in clinic, the operating room, the inpatient setting and the minor procedure rooms. The Staff Surgeon will foster and promote interdisciplinary clinical care processes. Administrative: 10%\nThe Staff Surgeon is responsible for participating in surgical section's morbidity and mortality conference, participating in quality improvement projects, participating in efficiency and productivity projects, participating in surgical sections meetings, participating in Surgical Service's service-wide meetings, participating in inter-disciplinary care processes, and participating in organizational committees and clinical care optimization processes. Education: 10% The Eastern Colorado VA Healthcare System is an affiliate VA Medical Center with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Educating the post-graduate residents, medical students and other trainees on the surgical section is an important component of each Staff Surgeon's role. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday: 6:00am to 6:00pm"]
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