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Physician (Chief Of Surgery)

Dublin, GA, USA | USA Government

  • Industry:
    Government / Military
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  • Functions:
    General Management
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This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more

The Chief of Surgery is responsible for the overall operation and supervision of a broad range of surgical services to include the following specialty services: General Surgery, Urology, Podiatry, Gastroenterology, limited GYN procedures, and Anesthesia at a level-2 facility. These surgical services provide quality improvement, maintenance of reusable medical equipment, and the provision of excellent inpatient and outpatient care. He/she insures national, network, and local missions, values, vision, and performance measures are supported and met, provides efficient management of resources and budgetary constraints, facilities a collaborative team environment, develops orientation and training of pertinent clinical staff under the service, and proactively identifies needs and concerns concerning the service.

The Chief of Surgery reports to the facility's Chief of Staff and is a member of the Medical Executive Committee. The incumbent should have administrative experience in outpatient surgical clinic, acute surgical inpatient unit, and operating room. The Chief of Surgery must have expansive experience with coordinating operating room schedules

and facilitating the daily surgery schedule. The Chief of Surgery oversees and coordinates all surgical services for the operating room, endoscopy suite, and PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit). The incumbent will be an operational, working physician with at least 50% time dedicated to clinical care and 50% devoted to administrative and

educational (research) duties.

Administrative: The Chief of Surgery is responsible for making long-range plans for the continuing function and development of the surgical service and for the development of sound and carefully documented organizational plans and budgetary proposals for presentation to top management. He/she has the skill set to interact positively with the Medical Center's Executive Leadership Team to lead and promote surgical staff excellence and staff development with experience in an academic setting. The incumbent oversees the Surgical Service level quality improvement program, including VASQIP. The incumbent reviews clinical privileges for surgical staff, completes

performance appraisals, assesses pay for performance and takes responsibility for recommending actions necessary to assure staff compliance with Medical Staff By-Laws, and relevant facility policies and regulations.

The Chief of Surgery represents the service on important medical center committees with influence on patient care, teaching, and closely monitors all other committees on which surgery and specialty care service has representation. The Chief of Surgical Services is responsible for recruiting qualified physicians to perform comprehensive and

specialized surgical patient care and teaching. The Chief of Surgical Services maintains an active role in the multi-faceted Peer Review Board (PRB) and by facilitating any outside surgical peer reviews requested through the Risk Manager.

The Chief of Surgery plays a pivotal interactive role with quality/outcome measurement systems that are in place as integrated improvement tools. He/she assures that data collection is accurate and verified and that the returned aggregated data elements are communicated to the appropriate process owners and providers.

Clinical: The Chief of Surgery is responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with medical and surgical diseases, accomplished through ambulatory and bedbased resources assigned to the Surgical and Specialty care service. He/she actively participates in patient care by conducting patient clinics and operative procedures, through hospital rounds, morning reports, conferences, consultations, participation in ambulatory care and other similar activities. Despite the incumbent's extensive administrative responsibilities, he/she may have clinical responsibilities. His/her responsibilities may include:

- Outpatient Clinic

- Inpatient Services

- Consultations

- Ambulatory Surgery

- Endoscopy Suite

- Call coverage

Incumbent will maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) and current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certifications.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized

U.S. Citizenship; 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


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties of Physician, under normal and emergent conditions. Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices, heavy carrying of 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking or standing up to 4 hours per day; repeated bending up to 1-2 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hearing aid permitted.


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