1. Provides clinical services to
eligible Veterans. Services are
provided within the San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center and surrounding
clinics, in outpatient and inpatient Medical Center programs. The Section Chief
will perform the duties of a physician surgeon in the Section of Urology as
patients medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and
examination results to verify operations necessity and to determine best
preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as sedatives,
diets, antibiotics, and preparation and treatment of the patients operative
patients to provide information on medical condition and surgical risk.
established surgical techniques during operations. Operates on patients to correct deformities,
repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patients
patients to medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary. Examines instruments, equipment, and
operating room to ensure sterility.
consultation and surgical assistance to other physicians and surgeons.
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
Section Chief will provide oversight of the Urology Section regarding Leadership, Personnel,
Patient Care, and Budget.
i. Conduct regular (monthly)
Section meetings with all physicians, providers, nurses and clerical staff and
others that work with the Section in the O.R., clinic and wards.
ii. Work with multiple Services and
Divisions throughout the hospital to improve outcomes in efficiency.
iii. Develop and implement the
philosophy, objectives, policies, and standards of the VA that are essential to
the delivery of quality surgical care.
iv. Establish and promote an
atmosphere of unity through collaborative practice and effective communication
between all staff disciplines within the Surgery Service. Help foster a high
level of patient and staff satisfaction.
v. The Section Chief will
participate in the administration of programs, committees, and other staff
functions as delegated by the Chief of Surgery or the Medical Executive
i. Responsible for the direct
supervision of Surgeons, Physician Assistants and/or Nurse Practitioners.
ii. Be responsible for annual
performance review for staff surgeons and mid-level providers in Surgical
Service with recommendations for recredentialing.
iii. Assure the maintenance of
continuing education and mandatory staff training for staff surgeons
iv. Monitor Section staff work
hours. Sign employee timecards every other week on Thursday afternoon
v. Produce a monthly verification
report by the 25th of each month indicating all physicians in
section have active physician privileges and identify those needing
reprivileging in the next 2-3 months.
vi. Produce a clinical call
schedule by the 25th of each month for the next month for residents
and attendings in the Section.
vii. Ensure all Leave Requests for
Section physicians are entered into VISTA prior to leave
Employee satisfaction within the Section.
i. Collaborate on a frequent basis
with staff of the operating room, PACU, ICU/DOU, ER and wards to facilitate the
operations of the Section.
ii. Quality assurance and
performance improvement. Review VASQUIP data with the VASQUIP officer
iii. Monitor and take action when
appropriate in the following areas:
times and access to clinics.
iv. Complete timely M&M and
Peer Review documents. Final Peer Review by Section Chief must be completed and
signed off by Final Peer Reviewer within 45 days from the day the surgical team
became aware of the occurrence.
v. Participate in the monitoring
of Joint Commission standards compliance and CARF preparation and
vi. Acts as a Service Ambassador
for all patient issues, including complaints, tort claims, and Congressional
Section Budget and resource requests.
3. Academic Responsibilities
Section Chief is responsible for the teaching of residents and medical
students, as well as oversight of the care provided by residents and
b. The Section Chief will be
expected to hold an appointment in the Department of Surgery at the University
of California San Diego School of Medicine and comply with rules and
regulations related to said appointment.
The provider should expect to participate in faculty committees,
Facilitate and encourage
academic surgeons to pursue education and research opportunities. Collaborate
effectively in this mission with the Chair, Department of Surgery, UCSD School
of Medicine and the Chief of Surgery at the San Diego VA.