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Job Title:Physician (Chief, Thoracic Surgery Section)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-12-112-AWP-EC855819

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$140,000.00 to $385,000.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 to Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0602-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 855819 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

This position will remain open until filled.   We will accept applications for this position on an ongoing basis until all positions are filled.    First cut-off review is April 12, 2013.    Applications will be reviewed every two weeks or on an as needed basis after that time. 

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

This position is located in the Thoracic Surgery Section, VA ECHCS.  This position provides support to the Chief of Surgery Service in carrying out the mission of the service and VA Medical Center.

Individuals who are board certified/eligible in Thoracic Surgery will be given priority consideration.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:

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The Thoracic Surgeon will manage non-surgical Thoracic Surgery conditions and also perform surgery as needed for various Thoracic surgery conditions.

The Thoracic Surgeon will be responsible for:

·         Analyzing patient’s medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation’s necessity and to determine best procedure.

·         Prescribing preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as sedatives, diets, antibiotics, and preparation and treatment of the patient’s operative area.

·         Examines patients to provide information on medical condition and surgical risk.

·         Follows established surgical techniques during operations.  Operates on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patient’s functions.

·         Refers patients to medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary.  Examines instruments, equipments, and operating room to ensure sterility.

·         Prepares case histories.

·         Provides consultation and surgical assistance to other physicians and surgeons.

·         Ensures personal qualities such as emotional stability, dependability, positive relations with VA and DOD staff and community, adherence to ethical standards, eliciting cooperation, attendance/participation in clinic meetings and peer councils.

Administrative Responsibilities:

·         Oversight of Thoracic Surgery Section consisting of the equivalent of 2 full-time physicians and nurses.

·         Responsible for the direct supervision of Thoracic Surgeons, Physicians Assistants and/or Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Nurses.

·         The Joint Commission and CARF preparation and accreditation.

·         Quality assurance and performance improvement.

·         Physician and nurse practitioner peer review.

·         Budget and resource requests.

·         Wait lists and access to clinics.

·         Mandatory staff training.

·         Employee satisfaction.

·         Serve on ECHCS Medical Center committees.

The Chief, Thoracic Surgery independently provides clinical services to eligible Veterans.  Services are provided within the VA-Eastern Colorado Health Care System at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and surrounding clinics, in outpatient and inpatient Medical Center programs.  The incumbent is expected to interact with the Veteran as well as family members, significant others, community agencies and providers, and other staff.

The Thoracic Surgeon is responsible for the teaching of residents and medical students, as well as responsible for oversight of the care provided residents and students.  Thoracic Surgeons will participate in the administration of programs, committees, and other staff functions as delegated by the Chief of Surgery Service.  The Thoracic Surgery at the University Of Colorado School of Medicine and comply with rules and regulations related to said appointment.  The provider should expect to participate in faculty committees, residency training.

TOUR OF DUTY: Adjustable

NOTE: Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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1.  Citizenship:  Must be a citizen of the United States.

2.  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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.

3.  Licensure and Registration:  Physician applicants must have a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

4.  Board Certification/Board Eligible:   Practitioner should be either in the examination process of the American Board of Anesthesiologists or a Diplomat of the Board, or to be holding certification of foreign training that is recognized as equivalent to its diploma by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

5.  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)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc 


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at  http://www.vacareers.va.gov/about-va/index.asp.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850 IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4.    Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.    Complete this cover page     http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: TTAG:VacancyID.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

2.    Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

1.    CV or Resume.

2.    VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf ) (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Karen Watkins
Phone: (303)399-8020
TDD: (800)829-4833
Email: KAREN.WATKINS2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Colorado HCS Denver
Department of Veterans Affairs
820 Clermont Street
Suite 130
Denver, CO
80220

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-12-112-AWP-EC855819

Control Number:

339382700