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Big Spring, TX, USA | USA Government

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The Ophthalmologist must be able to work in a very busy professional service providing professional service and comprehensive ophthalmic services and anterior segment surgery, also provides education support to the Texas Tech University Health Science Center Ophthalmology residency program.

The WTVAHCS Ophthalmology department is well equipped and staffed and has recently upgraded its laser suite and operating room with a new Pascal multispot laser, Ellex Tango SLT/Yag laser, and integrated Optovue OCT imager. The operating room has a new Zeiss Lumera Operating microscope with binocular teaching and external Okegami camera, DVR, and sixty inch wall mounted monitors.

The Ophthalmology Department currently sees thirty to forty patients a day in the clinic and performs three to five anterior segment surgeries a day four days a week, primarily cataract surgery. We are desiring to increase our clinical and surgical volume with the arrival of a third Ophthalmologist. One of the comprehensive Ophthalmologists also performs basic oculoplastic surgery and an occasional glaucoma filtering procedures.

Both Ophthalmologists provide direct ophthalmology resident supervision and oversight in both the clinic and operative setting and the incoming ophthalmology candidate would be expected to do so also. Therefore the ideal candidate will need to be very competent and proficient and confident in their own laser and intraoperative surgical skill sets; prior experience in training ophthalmic surgeons would be ideal but not mandatory. The typical work week is predominantly outpatient clinic OR with no call after VA business hours. The current Ophthalmologists are working 40-50 hours a week on average.

In addition to providing comprehensive ophthalmological services and ophthalmology resident education, the incoming Ophthalmology candidate would also be expected to perform Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams when needed, occasional administrative duties as required, as well as to ensure compliancy with all local and national VA and Joint Commission policies. Our Ophthalmology service also works closely with optometrists both at the Big Spring facility and the clinically Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) in Abilene and Odessa and the incoming Ophthalmologist would also be responsible for providing guidance and support to Optometrists and overseeing consults to non-VA ophthalmology subspecialist when indicated and warranted.


Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and may vary depending on the hiring facility.

Functional Statement/Title: Physician/Ophthalmologist #000000

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy

Designated and/or random drug testing required

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

You may be required to serve a probationary period

Subject to a background/security investigation

Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Must pass pre-employment physical examination


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2019.

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.

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.

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.

Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.

Proficiency in spoken and written English.

Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience: Board Certified/board eligible in Ophthalmology.

Residency - Completion of a fully accredited US residency program in Ophthalmology.


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