Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay) Provides comprehensive patient care in the form of consultative inpatient and outpatient Gastroenterology patient care at the VA Maine Healthcare System, Portland CBOC The staff Gastroenterologist provides expanded access to services via off normal tour or on-call periods. The staff Gastroenterologist works within her or his privileges at all times. Must be qualified to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with gastrointestinal diseases according to standard, usual, and acceptable methods and techniques. The Gastroenterologist is expected to maintain current knowledge and skills. She or he must be able to deliver interventions throughout the full spectrum of gastroenterology care, i.e. she or he is expected to maintain good diagnostic and therapeutic acumen. Primary duties are to perform full general gastroenterology examinations on established or newly consulted patients, including electronic consultations (eConsults) in the Gastroenterology clinics, inpatient wards or Emergency Department for signs or symptoms of gastrointestinal dysfunction. The Gastroenterologist will ensure communication with the hospitalists regarding inpatients and/or potential admissions. The staff Gastroenterologist will perform gastroenterology procedures including: EGD (gastroscopy) Paracentesis EGD with Peg Esophageal manometry ERCP Liver biopsy Colonoscopy 24 hr. pH monitor Oversees the administration of conscious sedation. Provides oversight to Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioners and Nurses. Ensures communication with the incoming evening Medical Officer of the Day regarding patient care issues. Responsibilities will include completing medical records in accordance with Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, including (but not limited to): history and physical exams within 24 hours of admission progress notes daily for inpatients and for each encounter on outpatients consult notes within 24 hours of evaluating patient discharge summaries within 10 days of hospital discharge new or renewal of prescriptions, transfer summaries and/or discharge instructions Participation in quality assurance programs and chart reviews; demonstrates knowledge of and promotes performance improvement in meeting organizational goals. Conducts point of care audits and peer reviews when requested by Chief of Medicine. Exercises corporate citizenship by serving as a leader and/or active member on Medical Center committees as requested and attending Medical Service Staff meetings and meetings of the Medical/Dental staff. Teaches effectively and creatively and provides guidance to others involved in the delivery of the educational program. Maintains Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification and completes all mandatory training by due date. SUPERVISION Practices independently, using professional judgment and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to veterans and their significant others/family members. Incumbent is given authority to make his/her own work assignments within the program area to which assigned. Consults with the supervisor as needed and with colleagues to develop knowledge and apply agency policies and practices to new matters. His/her work is reviewed for technical adequacy and conformance with procedures and practices applicable to the subject. Uses initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from traditional methods or trends and patterns to develop new methods, criteria, and proposed new policies. Practices at an advanced level and independently gathers relevant information to guide practice, including community Social Work standards. Reports to the Chief, Gastroenterology Section and/or his/her designee. CUSTOMER SERVICE Meets the needs of customers while supporting the Medical Center and Service missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (patients, visitors, volunteers, and all Medical Center staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately. Per the DEMAND EXCELLENCE employee creed, takes the necessary steps to promptly correct problems discovered. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 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 Work Schedule: TBD
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.