Serves as a Staff Orthopedic Surgeon within the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. The incumbent performs direct medical care in their specialty. The incumbent must be Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons or board eligible and have authoritative intensive knowledge in the area of Orthopedic surgery 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. 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.] Proficiency in spoken and written English. PHYSICIAN STAFF REQUIREMENTS. Staff Physician. None beyond the basic requirements. The individual must qualify to perform duties as a physician, have completed an accredited residency and/or possess experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision. Staff physicians may also include attendings who train physician residents assigned in facilities with residency training programs, and consultants who are capable of giving authoritative views and opinions on subjects in their field of medicine. 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: The work requires regular and recurring standing, sitting, walking, bending for prolonged periods of time. ["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 annual paid time offer 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 Major Duties/Functions include but are not limited to: 1. The individual is responsible for maintenance of the highest standards of professional care in the outpatient and inpatient management of orthopedic patients served by the facility. Managing difficult outpatient, inpatient and operative orthopedic cases and make expert recommendations to the Chief of Surgery regarding definitive management of these cases. Provides immediate evaluation and management of emergent problems as they occur to individuals presented for care. Provide professional advice to medical staff upon request, in emergency situations, with regard to professional management of patients being, treated. Provides professional services requiring full range of inpatient and outpatient Orthopedic Surgery services consistent with the hospital's capabilities at Martinsburg VA Medical Center. Provides medical services and diagnostic procedures that are clear, concise, and in keeping with modern medical terminology. Provides immediate evaluation and management of emergent problems as they occur to individuals presented for care. Provides professional advice to medical staff upon request and in emergency situations with regard to professional management of patients being treated. Responsible for providing specialty care and coverage on-call in accordance with department policy and requirements. Responsible for all administrative activities normally associated with patient care in a setting hospital such as consults, encounters, PEER and legal reviews. Maintains required continued Medical Education through conferences, reading programs or other approved CME events. Facilitates patient access to medical care by recommending appropriate referrals to other health care providers in accordance with applicable policies and regulations. Is responsible for on-call services (includes nights, weekends and holidays). Weather essential when on call or post call. 2. Responsible for the education of medical students and training of interns, residents, technicians, and other physicians. All other duties as assigned, pertaining to this occupation, to meet the needs of the Agency, Department, Facility, and/or Service. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00AM - 4:30PM, however shift may vary dependent upon patient needs."]
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