The incumbent serves as a Section Chief, Orthopedic Surgery under the immediate supervision of the Chief, Surgical Care Service Line. He/she will maintain licensure and credentials sufficient to extend to the incumbent the authority to practice orthopedics inclusive of all diagnostic and medical therapeutic modalities for the treatment of diseases, conditions and injuries related to the field of Orthopedic Surgery. Specific Functions of assigned duties: Provide comprehensive orthopedic care services as well as follow-up care of existing conditions and management of emergency conditions. Provide Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Orthopedic Services, including hospital rounds, for orthopedic patients. Perform Orthopedic Surgery in the Operating Room, averaging one to five (1-5) cases per day based on complexity. Conduct weekly outpatient and inpatient clinics, averaging twenty to twenty-five (20-25) patients per day. Provide non-operative orthopedic hospital rounds for orthopedic patients. Document services within the computerized database through appropriate, notes, such as History and Physical, Progress notes, Operative notes and Discharge Summaries. Critique Morbidity and Mortality information and documentation. Alternate On-Call coverage with other VAMC Staff Orthopedic Surgeon(s). Educate residents and students in the principles and therapy of complex and basic Orthopedic Surgery. Participate in clinical research protocols either developed locally in cooperation with other faculty or developed at other institutions for multi-center studies. Assist residents and students in selecting, developing and preparing abstracts for presentation at meetings. Perform the administrative duties involved in the proper functioning of the Chief, Orthopedic Section. These will include but are not limited to: Supervising the Orthopedic Surgeons and Physician Assistant Developing and reviewing policies for the Orthopedic Section Ensuring that JCAHO, Safety, AAMI, OSHA, VA and other agency regulations are being met. Ensuring continuing education of staff under his/her supervision. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS As Section Chief, Orthopedic Surgery, in performance of official duties, the employee shall have regular access to printed and electronic files containing sensitive data, which shall be protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), and other applicable laws, Federal Regulations, Veterans Affairs statutes and policies. The employee is responsible for protecting that data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion, and for following all applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc., as set out in a computer access agreement which the employee signs. The incumbent will also have access to employee competency and other folders in order to maintain supervisory control of employees. CUSTOMER SERVICE REQUIREMENT Incumbent must meet the needs of customers while supporting VA missions; consistently communicate and treat customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner; provide customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures; and handle conflict and problems in dealing with customers constructively and appropriately. AGE, DEVELOPMENT, AND CULTURAL NEEDS OF PATIENTS REQUIREMENT Incumbent has the responsibility of taking care of orthopedic diseases of all adult patients, including geriatric. All available diagnostic and medical therapeutic modalities for the treatment of orthopedic diseases, conditions and injuries related to the field of Orthopedic Surgery are handled, within the guidelines of the VA surgical matrix Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 08:00AM- 4:30PM; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/medical center. Relocation incentive: Not authorized Recruitment incentive: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station-(PCS): Not authorized Education Debt Reduction Program-(EDRP): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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