This is an intermittent position. Salary will be pro-rated for an intermittent schedule. The Anesthesia Department staff physician reports to the Chief, Anesthesia Department, Surgical Service. Routinely performs outpatient and inpatient examinations, determines diagnoses, and initiates treatments based on Anesthesia education and standard of care. 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 Certified/Eligible in Anesthesiology, other certifications such as RVT or RPVI and VA mandatory training prior to expiration, to include Fluoroscopy Radiation and conscious sedation training. 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 Handbook 5019/1, Part II, Pre-Placement Physical Examination and Evaluation. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Work Schedule: Intermittent Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases *Pro-rated for an intermittent schedule. 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 Duties include but are not limited to: Being available to cover cases at the Phoenix VA Medical Center with less than 48 hours' notice. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees. Train/supervise Anesthesia students, medical/podiatry residents, and midlevel providers, and will supervise nurse anesthetists. Operating room (experience with breath of anesthesia techniques). In-patient rounds. Clinic sessions and supervising nurse anesthetists. Perform a wide variety of anesthesia procedures in the OR and non- OR (NORA) including endotracheal intubation, laryngeal mask airway, and fiber-optic intubations independently, without supervision. NORA procedures may be performed in GI Lab, Cardiac Cath Lab, Bronchoscopy Lab, Interventional Radiology (IR), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR). Required to participate in all surgical quality/performance improvement initiatives as appropriate, including VASQIP. Responsible for providing patients with education concerning their disease state and expected treatment regimen. The Veterans' Administration pays particular attention to informing veterans to the risks as well as benefits of upcoming anesthesia procedures. Responsible for appropriate pre-operative risk assessment either primarily or in conjunction with house staff/midlevel assessments. Strongly enforces a policy of disclosure. If there is a complication in the course of the patient's care, discussion of the event and the patient's options both legal and medical must be discussed clearly and documented in the chart. May participate on committees. Work effectively with patients and coworkers and will treat other health care professionals and patients' family with respect and dignity."]
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