The Thoracic Surgery staff physician independently provides services to eligible veterans. Services are provided at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) in Aurora, CO to both inpatients and outpatients. The incumbent is required to interact not only with the veteran, but also family, significant others, community agencies, and other staff. 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: Board certification 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. ["NOTE: This announcement will remain open until 30 June 2023, or, until all vacancies are filled. Applications will be reviewed weekly. Major Duties: Clinical: (80% of effort) The majority of time worked by the non-cardiac thoracic surgeon will be providing clinical care. The non-cardiac thoracic 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 non-cardiac thoracic surgeon will foster and promote interdisciplinary clinical care processes. Administrative: (10% of effort) The non-cardiac thoracic 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% of effort) 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 - 6:00PM (20 hours per week) Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Available EDRP Authorized: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Available PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Available Financial Discloser Report: Not required VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid 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) 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"]
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