The VA Medical Center, Spokane, WA is seeking a full time Board Certified or Board Eligible Ophthalmologist with a commitment to excellence in patient care. The Ophthalmologist will support the safety, occupational health, and fire protection program by the application of approved standards, regulations, practices and work methods. 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: Providing comprehensive clinical and surgical ophthalmological care, including cataract surgery, to our Veteran patients. 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: Light lifting (under 15 lbs), light carrying (under 15 lbs), pushing (5 hrs), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (5 hrs), standing (5 hrs), both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, specific visual requirements (see computer screen), depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted). ["Duties will include, but are not limited to: Assures the most effective delivery of care in Ophthalmology, while meeting and exceeding compliance standards; performance of surgical procedures, consultation, evaluation and treatment to manage various conditions, illnesses, and injuries of the ocular systems Conducts clinics, make referrals, recommendations for treatment and/or medication and follow care of veteran patients experiencing ocular problems, perform ophthalmologic procedures. Oversees the administration of medications to patients for whom therapy is indicated. Attend Surgery Service staff meetings as well as meetings of the Medical staff. Completes medical records in accordance with Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of the Medical Staff. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30 pm Recruitment Incentive: Authorized to highly qualified candidates EDRP Authorized: 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"]
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