New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) and the University of New Mexico are seeking a full-time infectious diseases (ID) Physician to serve as the Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director of the Infection Control Program and staff physician in the Section of Infectious Diseases at NMVAHCS. The successful candidate must qualify for an academic appointment with the Division of Infectious Disease, University of New Mexico. The ID Section, currently, is comprised of three other board certified infectious disease physicians who are all faculty members of Medicine Service, NMVAHCS and Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine at the University of New Mexico. The ideal candidate is an accomplished clinician with a strong background in clinical medicine and hospital epidemiology as well as leadership experience working with an Infection Control Program. The NMVAHCS and the UNM are equal opportunity employers. Duties for the selected physician will include supervision of the Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control programs, support of the Antimicrobial Stewardship program, attending on the Infectious Diseases inpatient consultation service & outpatient clinics and teaching of medical students, residents and fellows. The position has dedicated time devoted to meeting the responsibility of Medical Director of the hospital's Infection Prevention Program. NMVAHCS is a tertiary care hospital that accepts referrals from the State of New Mexico and neighboring states. NMVAHCS is affiliated with the University of New Mexico, and contributes to active training programs in a broad range of medical and surgical specialties, including an Infectious Disease fellowship program. The candidate must have successfully completed an ACGME-approved residency in internal medicine, and fellowship training in infectious diseases, and be BC/BE in ID. The successful applicant will join a VA-based faculty in Infectious Diseases, and is expected to be qualified for a faculty position at the University of New Mexico (open rank, open track). Specific Duties include, but are not limited to: Perform comprehensive surveillance for healthcare-associated infections and epidemiologically significant organisms. Help identify and investigate clusters or outbreaks of infection. Analyze procedure and device-associated infections. Apply data analytics to drive process improvement. Create evidence-based interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections. Evaluate methods and technologies to reduce transmission of pathogens within the institution. Create and maintain appropriate infection control policies, procedures and programs designed to meet the goals and objectives of the Infection Prevention Program. Partner with Chief, Quality, Safety and Value (QSV) to oversee the work and performance of infection control staff who are based in QSV. Develop and maintain educational programs regarding infection control for all hospital employees, physicians, and trainees. Evaluate patient care practices for effectiveness and application to Infection Prevention. Communicate the needs and plans of the Infection Prevention Program to staff of patient care units as well as clinical and other services. Provide consultation to health care providers in the assessment and management of patients and employees with communicable diseases. Provide input for the content and scope of occupational health and safety programs related to infection control and prevention. Advise senior leadership on issues related to reduction of infection risks and regulatory requirements Serve as resource person to hospital staff. Administer ongoing programs and initiatives for continuous quality assessment, quality improvement, and infection risk reduction (e.g. hand hygiene promotion and monitoring). Attend on the inpatient ID consult service. Attend in VA outpatient ID clinics and review ID E-consults as assigned. Provide clinical supervision and teaching of UNM ID Fellows, residents, and other trainees and students. Provide medical student teaching as assigned. Employ creativity and innovation in problem solving. Serve on required VA facility committees. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: No Compressed/Flexible: No Virtual: No EDRP: No Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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