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Salem VA Medical Center is hiring a highly qualified Ophthalmologist Section Chief in overseeing department staff and care of Veteran patients with disorders of the visual system in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. VA staff physicians enjoy perks such as competitive salaries, regular increases, performance pay awards up to $15,000 annually, continuing education credits and liability protection. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. 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. Additional Requirement: Board Certification: Physicians are generally not required to be board certified for employment in VA; however, three circumstances in VA require physician board certification: (1) If the position being filled is required to be a supervisor for medical students or physician residents (including fellows), the LCME, ACGME or AOA standards requiring a particular board certification credential will apply. (2) If the position being filled will have faculty status with an affiliated medical school (for example, in joint recruitments with affiliated medical schools), then a medical school requirement for board certification will apply to the jointly recruited position. (3) If the position being filled is required to be board certified by virtue of specific VHA policy (for example, as director of a cardiac catheterization laboratory or Director of Clinical Laboratory Medicine), then VHA policy requiring board certification will apply. Preferred Experience: Current surgical ophthalmologist preference cataract expertise Glaucoma and retina 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: This position requires a pre-employment physical. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4. Far visions correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted. ["The VA Medical Center of Salem, Virginia is located adjacent to Roanoke, both of which are nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. The Salem & Roanoke metropolitan area provides its residents with a reasonable cost of living, affordable housing, low taxes, some of the finest public and private schools in Virginia, and many urban amenities traditionally expected of larger areas, including art and entertainment venues, museums and galleries, symphony, ballet, and competitive youth sports for the family. In addition to the rich diversity of metropolitan experiences available to our residents, the Roanoke Valley also offers numerous opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast, including the Roanoke Star and its overlook of the Roanoke Valley, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, Smith Mountain Lake, beautiful mountainside wineries and golf courses, and a variety of National parks and wildlife areas. Roanoke and Salem Virginia local information: 75 Reasons to Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains (visitroanokeva.com)\nOutdoor activities\nOutdoor Activities, Events & Advice | Roanoke Outside | Trails\nRoanoke Golf Courses | Country Clubs & Golf Packages (visitroanokeva.com)\nSmith Mountain Lake\nHome | Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (visitsmithmountainlake.com)\nHighlight of Roanoke\nRoanoke Events | Festivals, Events, Exhibits & Concerts (visitroanokeva.com)\nArts\nRoanoke Arts and Culture | Theaters, Museums and Galleries (visitroanokeva.com)\nSchools:\nHome - Salem City Schools\nHome - Roanoke City Public Schools (rcps.info)\nRoanoke County Public Schools / Homepage (rcps.us)\nBlacksburg:\nBlacksburg, VA | Home\nFootball - Virginia Tech Athletics (hokiesports.com)\nCharlottesville:\nExplore Charlottesville & Albemarle County This Summer | Visit Charlottesville\nFootball - Virginia Cavaliers Official Athletic Site (virginiasports.com) (UVA) VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Ophthalmology Section Chief is responsible for the care of patients with disorders of the visual system in both the inpatient and outpatient settings as well as responsible for the administrative duties related to the successful operation of the Ophthalmology and Optometry service lines. This position is under the direct supervision of the Chief of Surgery. Responsibilities and duties for the position include but are not limited to the following: Functions as a coordinator between the other attending physicians/ team members Establish and maintain relations with other key services to include: Surgery and Medicine Services, Primary Care, Prosthetics, Nursing, Social Work, and Radiology. Responsible for coordination between the Asst. Chief of Staff and rotating Residents and relevant staff. Coordinates 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 planning and summaries. Develop and provide medical education/counseling of patients and their families with a focus on delivery of evidence based, outcomes focused, veteran centric care. Promote contemporary patient care programs for eye clinic and surgery patients and periodically review and update them based upon current and/or new, broadly accepted concepts. Perform surgical procedures related to injuries and diseases of the eye and visual system. Perform a variety of laser surgeries with YAG SLT, and Argon lasers. Ensure consult triage and clinic access meets standards established by the Group Practice Manager, National Surgery Office, and VHA. Accountable for performance, behavior and training of all members in the Section, including on-time completion of annual performance evaluations. Work Schedule: 07:30 AM -4:00 PM, Monday - Friday, May be required to work weekends and Holidays\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.