Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1831319

OUR MISSION: 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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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.

 VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. 

Relocation and Recruitment Incentives may be authorized.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.

This position requires occasional travel between the East Orange and Lyons campuses.

This announcement establishes an open continuous announcement of eligible applicants to be considered for this position. The "What to Expect Next" area of the announcement provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement.

Duties

OVERVIEW:VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) is looking for a Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (Chief, PLMS), to provide administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine service. VANJHCS is an integrated system consisting of two Veterans Health Administration facilities located in East Orange and Lyons, New Jersey and also has ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located throughout the state. The CBOCs are located in Brick, Elizabeth, Hackensack, Hamilton, Jersey City, Morristown, Paterson, Piscataway, Sussex and Tinton Falls. There are a total of 157 operating beds in acute medical, surgical, psychiatric and spinal cord injury; 251 Nursing Home Care beds; 179 domiciliary beds, and 12 Psychiatric Residential Rehabilitation beds across both main campuses. VANJHCS treats 57,000+ unique Veterans annually resulting in 744,300 outpatient visits and 5,400 inpatient discharges. VANJHCS is affiliated with the New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and provides education to over 400 trainees annually, including medical students, pathology residents, nursing students, and social work interns.  

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service offers inpatient and outpatient lab sampling associated with an extensive menu of clinical laboratory tests and diagnostic studies. Additionally, PLMS is involved in educational activities throughout the medical center including interdisciplinary seminars, tumor boards, and autopsy conferences.

Also, the Service is actively involved in the training of medical students, residents, and other health-related professionals. Residents from the New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers University, Pathology Residency Program, rotate through Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at VA New Jersey. Medical students from New Jersey Medical School attend didactic conferences that include teaching by PLMS staff. Students from the Medical Technology program rotate through the clinical laboratories for training. A number of PLMS employees have faculty appointments at various area Universities/Medical Schools for lecturing and meeting purposes.

DUTIES:

The Chief, PLMS provides administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the PLMS to ensure achievement of the clinical, research, and education goals and applicable performance measures. The Chief, PLMS is accountable for the delivery of all health care by the PLMS staff. They are responsible for developing a plan for the delivery of health services to patients and assessing that those health care services are consistent with the policies and guidelines of the Veterans Health Administration. Additionally, the Incumbent establishes an environment within the service that promotes optimum patient care. The Chief, PLMS participates in top-level decision making and policy design that impacts on PLMS through collaboration with Medical Center administration, other service chiefs, and interdepartmental Supervisors. The Chief, PLMS directs health care programs, delegating authority, and responsibility to meet both the medical center and service goals. They are responsible for the fiscal management of the department including budget planning and management. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Medical Center Director and the Chief of Staff.

The Chief of Pathology and Laboratory is an integral part of the key leadership team of the medical center. The Chief, PLMS is expected to remain privileged and provide clinical services in his/her specialty field. They ensure practice-based learning and improvement, demonstrates ability to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care and delivery of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine services. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills and behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients and profession. The successful candidate demonstrates an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided as well as the ability to apply that knowledge to improve and optimize health care.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Work schedule may vary depending on the needs of the PLMS Service

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel required between VANJHCS campuses, VISN Offices, and other offices/events as needed.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses are authorized for this position. Selectee is subject to Federal Travel Regulation eligibility requirements.