The Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina is actively seeking a well-qualified physician with strong leadership and interpersonal skills to serve as a Chief, Vascular Surgery, in the Vascular Surgery Service Line. The Vascular Surgery Section Chief, as a staff Vascular Surgeon, is responsible for the care of the vascular surgery patient in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. As Section Chief, the Vascular Surgery Section Chief is also responsible for the administrative duties related to the successful operation of the Vascular Surgery service line. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized to the highly qualified applicant 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 The Vascular Surgeon provides medical and surgical care for both inpatients and outpatients in the Vascular Surgery Section. The Vascular Surgery Section manages a broad range of disease states with both non-operative as well as surgical treatment options. These patients often have severe concomitant medical problems, mental health and chronic pain issues and are multi-symptomatic. This intense interaction requires that the Vascular Surgeon make and implement sound and reasonable decisions and demonstrate above average personal and team performance/cooperation. Exemplary attention to accuracy and detail is required. The role of the staff vascular surgeon is to provide care to patients with disorders of the arterial and venous circulation, exclusive of the cardiopulmonary circulation. This includes consultative services, nonoperative management, open surgical procedures, and endovascular procedures, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Lower extremity amputation and the establishment and maintenance of access for hemodialysis are duties that are also the responsibility of the vascular surgeon. The staff vascular surgeon is responsible for keeping abreast of new developments, sharing findings in the vascular literature with colleagues, participation in the vascular journal club and the Mission Vascular conference, maintaining board certification in vascular and endovascular surgery, and teaching residents, mid-levels, and students in the operating room, intensive care unit, hospital wards, and vascular clinic. The Vascular Surgeon develops and coordinates patient care programs based upon the patient complaint(s) and performs, and the duties include but not limited to the following: Demonstrate the ability to diagnose, manage and treat vascular surgery patients. Inpatient and Outpatient Clinic consultation and follow-up, admission History and Physicals, preoperative evaluations, surgery posting notes, orders, operative notes and reports, progress notes, and discharge summaries. Assume primary responsibility for admissions and patients under their care. These activities may be supervised and coordinated with residents/fellows/mid-levels/students if they are present on service. Maintain RPVI credential or equivalent - read and complete studies generated by the Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory within 72 hours of creation. Develop and provide medical education/counseling of patients and their families with a focus on delivery of evidence based, outcomes focused, veteran centric care. This includes addressing goals of care and code status, as indicated. Promote contemporary patient care programs for vascular surgery patients and periodically review and update them based upon current and/or new, broadly accepted concepts. Adhere to Medical Staff bylaws and I CARE values. Maintain and practice as defined by current privileges. Lead the integration of the activities of the vascular surgery section with other patient care programs at the facility. Participate in long range planning and model development for effective delivery of Vascular Surgery care. Ensure consult triage and clinic access meets standards established by the Group Practice Manager, National Surgery Office, and VHA. Maintain accountability for performance, behavior and training of all members in the Section, including on-time completion of annual performance evaluations. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm
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