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    Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases.
    Paid Time Off: 49 days paid time off per year (26 days annual leave, 13 days' sick leave, 10 federal holidays).
    Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA.
    Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement).
    Incentives: Possible signing bonus, relocation assistance, and student loan repayment up to $120K for eligible debt.
    Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory.
    CME: Possible $1,000 per year stipend + possible 1 week paid authorized absence to attend.
    Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided.
    Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting.
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    The Orthopedic Staff Physician is administratively and clinically responsible to the Chief, Surgical Service. The Orthopedic Section consists of two Staff Physicians, two mid-level providers and two Registered Nurses. The practice is primarily focused on the treatment and management of degenerative joint disease - knees, hips and shoulders, including joint replacement. Fracture management, carpal tunnel and trigger finger release, some soft tissue and possible hand surgery may also be performed (no spine management or surgery, not a sports medicine practice). Arthroscopy skills are required. Workload per orthopedic provider consists of 35-45 clinic encounters per week, surgical volume runs 5-8 cases per week with an average of 3-5 inpatient admissions per week.

    The candidate works cohesively and comprehensively within the framework of Surgical Services administrative and clinical requirements. The candidate uses assessment skills to promptly examine new patients thoroughly, using appropriate clinical, laboratory and other pertinent data. The candidate accurately interprets and evaluates clinical data for determining diagnosis and clinical status. The candidate initiates and completes orthopedic operative procedures appropriately. The candidate selects, develops, and conducts literature search on researchable problems that are relevant to the health care of Veterans. The candidate prepares timely, sound, and orderly reports.

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    Other duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

    • Physician will provide consultation services and follow up of orthopedic patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting, at the VA Medical center in Des Moines.
    • Physician should have expertise in invasive and non-invasive surgical techniques as established in current delineation of privileges.
    • Physician will provide ongoing patient and family education throughout the course of treatment and obtain informed consents prior to performing orthopedic procedures.
    • Typical work hours will be determined based on clinic work-loads to accommodate both medical and surgical needs. As a full-time provider, a minimum of 80 hrs. per pay period (every two weeks) is expected unless on leave status.
    • On call duties are assigned as necessary to provide urgent / emergent care for inpatients and outpatients.
    • During the course of employment, participation in special projects pertinent to the specialty of orthopedics may be requested as necessary to complement the mission of the medical center or service line.
    • When working with inpatients the provider is expected to participate in discharge planning and other interdisciplinary patient care plan activities.
    • May be assigned duty as a supervising or collaborating physician for a mid-level provider. Physicians are expected to provide clinical oversight and review as appropriate and required. Supervising or collaborating responsibilities and performance will be noted in the physician's performance evaluation.
    • Providers will need to act as surrogates for the patients of their colleagues when one or more are on leave.
    • A progress note must be entered on all inpatients on which the physician rounds during day tour on a weekday, as well as on weekends or holidays. Timely documentation is necessary in all areas in accordance with departmental policy. All administrative work should be completed in a timely fashion. The discharge summary may be dictated, all other inpatient documentation should be entered by the physician into the medical record directly. Prohibited abbreviations should not be used.
    • Quality of care should meet professional standards at all times.
    • All physicians will work within their privileges at all times, unless necessitated by an emergency.
    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, administrative hours

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


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