The Physician Cardiothoracic Surgeon for Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center will be assigned to the Surgical Service. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency: Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). Education: 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. Licensure: 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/Fellowship 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), 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. Preferred Experience: The selected candidate will be board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, having first completed five year residency in general surgery and be certified by the American Board of Surgery, followed by fellowship in thoracic surgery. Completion of Cardiothoracic fellowship program. 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: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.This examination is administered by VA Occupational Health. The work requires long periods of standing, walking, sitting, lifting, bending, pushing, pulling and repetitive computer data entry. May come in contact with patient body fluids. Routinely works closely with airborne/blood borne infectious patients. Possible exposure to infectious diseases. Has some lifting and carrying up to and over 45 pounds. Use of fingers, both hands and eyes are required. Hearing aid is permitted. Must have the ability to distinguish basic colors & shades of colors. May operate a government vehicle to drive up to 4 hours one way to other sites. Overtime may occasionally be required on short notice, and the ability to be flexible in regard to patient need is critical. Incumbents must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of this position without hazard to themselves or others. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. The Physician (Cardiothoracic Surgeon) duties consist of but are not limited to the following: Admit, evaluate, diagnose, consult and provide pre-intra, and postoperative surgical care to adult patients to correct or treat various conditions of the heart and relate blood vessels within the chest including surgical care of coronary artery disease, cancers of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall, abnormalities of the great vessels and heart valves; congenital anomalies of the chest and heart; tumor of the mediastinum and diseases of the diaphragm and management of the airway and injuries of the chest, including trauma patients. Performing medical evaluation, diagnose and treating conditions, injuries and diseases that affect the organs in the thorax and chest. Performing a wide range of corrective and critical care operations, such as chest wall tumor resections, tracheotomies, lung transplants and pulmonary embolectomies. Prescribes and/or recommends laboratory tests, diagnostic studies, and/or medications based on current medical center, VHA, and DEA policy and within scope of practice. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\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\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am to 04:00pm"]
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