-------- RECRUITMENT OR RELOCATION INCENTIVES MAY BE AUTHORIZED -------- Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases.
Paid Time Off: 49 days paid time off per year (26 days annual leave, 13 days' sick leave, 10 federal holidays).
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).
Incentives: Possible signing bonus, relocation assistance, and student loan repayment up to $120K for eligible debt.
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory.
CME: Possible $1,000 per year stipend + possible 1 week paid authorized absence to attend.
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided.
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting.
Take a look at VA's Top 20 Reasons Doctors Enjoy Working at VA and VHA Physician's Brochure The Orthopedic Staff Physician is administratively and clinically responsible to the Chief, Surgical Service.
The Orthopedic Section consists of two Staff Physicians, two mid-level providers and two Registered Nurses.
The practice is primarily focused on the treatment and management of degenerative joint disease - knees, hips and shoulders, including joint replacement.
Fracture management, carpal tunnel and trigger finger release, some soft tissue and possible hand surgery may also be performed (no spine management or surgery, not a sports medicine practice).
Arthroscopy skills are required.
Workload per orthopedic provider consists of 35-45 clinic encounters per week, surgical volume runs 5-8 cases per week with an average of 3-5 inpatient admissions per week.
The candidate works cohesively and comprehensively within the framework of Surgical Services administrative and clinical requirements.
The candidate uses assessment skills to promptly examine new patients thoroughly, using appropriate clinical, laboratory and other pertinent data.
The candidate accurately interprets and evaluates clinical data for determining diagnosis and clinical status.
The candidate initiates and completes orthopedic operative procedures appropriately.
The candidate selects, develops, and conducts literature search on researchable problems that are relevant to the health care of Veterans.
The candidate prepares timely, sound, and orderly reports.
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.
Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience: Certified by the American Board of Orthopedics Surgery or board eligible.
Demonstrated excellent skills in the comprehensive care of illnesses and injuries within the scope of orthopedics.
Demonstrated ability to work with physicians and providers from all other specialties.
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: Placement in this position is subject to meeting the physical requirements of the position.
This includes: Walking (up to 2 hours); standing (up to 2 hours); Light and moderate lifting (up to 44 lbs.) light to moderate carrying (up to 44 lbs); straight pulling and pushing, reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.
Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and 20/100 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).