The Thoracic Surgery staff surgeon reports to the Chief of General Surgery Department, and Surgical Service. Routinely performs outpatient and inpatient examinations, determines diagnoses, and initiates treatments based on the standard of care. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees. 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: Successful completion of a post graduate residency program in Thoracic Surgery approved by the Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education or its equivalent and board certification or be board certification eligible in Thoracic Surgery. 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: Monday - Friday 7:00am to 3:30pm Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be eligible. 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 Major duties include but not limited to the following: (S)he will train/supervise Surgical students, Surgical residents, and midlevel providers. Phoenix VA Health Care System has an established residency program, Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency whose residents rotate through the Department of Surgery as well as medical students from University of Arizona. Will diagnose and treat Thoracic Surgical disorders using the most appropriate techniques in providing quality care. BC/BE Thoracic Surgeon is responsible for initial evaluation and overall workups, history & physicals, and admission of Thoracic surgery patients as needed, once the clinical program is established. Operating Room (experience in wide variety of standard Thoracic surgical procedures and operations including bronchoscopy), in-patient rounds, Emergency Room and Outpatient Clinics. Able to perform a wide variety of Thoracic surgical procedures. May also supervise residents from the University of Arizona Surgical Residency Program, Mayo Clinic and other training programs, as well as medical students from University of Arizona, Mayo Clinic and trainees who rotate through the Thoracic Surgery Service. Required to participate in all surgical quality/performance improvement initiatives as appropriate, including VASQIP. Participate in Thoracic surgery night call and perform emergency Thoracic surgical procedures, once the clinical program is established. Responsible for providing patients with education concerning their disease state and treatment regimen. Assess patients' risks and benefits associated with surgical procedures, and will provide appropriate informed consent so patients fully understand the important risks and benefits of surgical intervention. Complete all electronic, clinical, daily charting and documentation required by the Medical Center in a timely manner as appropriate, including outcomes reporting as appropriate. Consult with Medical Center staff on many patient care issues. The Department of Veterans Affairs strongly enforces a policy of full disclosure. If there is a complication in the course of a patient's care, the general surgeon will discuss the untoward event, including the patient's options for second medical opinion or legal action, and will document these discussions in the chart (CPRS). Will maintain clinical privileges as a member of the Medical Staff, abide by Medical Staff By-laws and Rules, maintain her/his medical license and specialty certification, and the requisite CME requirements. Work effectively with patients and coworkers, and will treat other health care professionals and patients' family with respect and dignity."]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.