This position is located in the Anesthesia Service within the Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) under the Chief of Staff at the Denver VA Medical Center in Denver, CO. The Chief, Anesthesiology Service is responsible for carrying out the mission of the Service, reviewing and proposing policy, interacting with administration and other departments of the medical center, and providing leadership in the area of education and research.
The staff anesthesiologist administers anesthesia care alone or supervises physicians in-training (residents) or certified registered nurse anesthetists. When working alone, he/she examines the patient before and after anesthesia, writes pre- and post- anesthesia orders, confirms that the patient is ready for anesthesia before induction, manages the anesthetic care, and follows patients as long as is appropriate in the post-anesthesia period.
The attending anesthesiologist must as a minimum:
a. Review the patient's history and the record of examination and tests.
b. Personally examine the patient.
c. Confirm or revise the course of treatment to be followed.
d. Either performs the anesthesiologist's services required by the patient or supervises the treatment to assure that appropriate services are provided by residents or CRNAs.
e. Be recognized by the patient as his/her attending anesthesiologist.
f. When supervising CRNAs, the anesthesiologist must meet the criteria required for medical direction.
1) The attending anesthesiologist, in providing medical direction of a CRNA must as a minimum:
2) Evaluate the pre-anesthetic examination and evaluation. Prescribe the anesthesia plan.
3) Either personally participate, or be immediately available, in the most demanding procedures in the anesthesia plan, including the induction and emergence.
4) Ensure that any procedures in the anesthesia plan that he/she does not perform are performed by a qualified individual.
5) Monitor the course of anesthesia administration at frequent intervals. Remain physically present and available for immediate diagnosis and treatment of emergencies.
The Chief, Anesthesiology Service is responsible for periodic review and enforcement of various Policies and Procedures involving not only the Anesthesiology Service, but also, when requested, consult on Policies and Procedures of the Medical Center. This includes, but is not limited to, facility wide oversight of the VHA Out of Operating Room Airway Management and Moderate Sedation programs.The Chief, Anesthesiology Service will assure smooth functioning of the Anesthesiology Service and the clinical services provided. This includes, but is not limited to, the overseeing of preoperative processes, operating room and procedural suite processes, and the processes related to post-anesthesia care postoperatively; to include critical care within the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU).
The Chief, Anesthesiology Service will be responsible for:
a. Interaction of the Anesthesiology Service with the administration of the Medical Center.
b. Interaction of the Anesthesiology Service with the Anesthesiology residency program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
c. Collaboration with Service Chiefs, the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), academic institutions, VISN, VHA, and other governmental agencies in order to meet service-line and ECHCS goals and the VA mission.
d. Personnel hiring, evaluations, direction, and discipline when necessary.
e. Maintaining an annual budget provided to the Service both for personnel, contracts, and supplies.
f. Equipment purchase requests, recommendations, and assuring proper maintenance
This position reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Staff for ECHCS. The incumbent directly supervises Anesthesiologists, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Medical Instrument Technicians, and administrative staff.
The incumbent plans and assumes administrative responsibility for the direction of the Anesthesia Service. This requires the formulation and implementation of general policies, procedures, program standards, goals, and objectives for the Anesthesia Service that are consistent with and supportive of the mission of the VISN and ECHCS.
Work Schedule: Full-Time,8:00 am to 4:30 pm/weekends with call duties
Functional Statement Title/#: Chief, Anesthesia Service
Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs 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 a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience: Board certified in Anesthesiology.
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: light carrying less than 15 pounds, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking 1 hour, standing 2 hours, mostly sitting, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in other eye, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), working with hands in water, working closely with others, protracted or irregular hours of work.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter *DD-214 *OF-306 *Other(10-2850 Application for Physician) *Other Veterans Document *SF-15 *SF-50 *Transcript
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