Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physician (Critical Care) in Phoenix, Arizona

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Phoenix, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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.**

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) funding may be authorized


The Surgical Critical Care specialist is responsible for oversight and organization of a surgical critical care team to provide patient care for surgical patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit(SICU) of the Phoenix VA Health Care System. As a director of the surgical critical care unit, the critical care surgeon is responsible for developing the scope of practice for surgical employees assigned to SICU and assuring implementation of quality improvement measures along with developing action plans to meet performance measures pertaining to surgical critical care. The specialist designates priorities and objectives for the intensive care of surgical patients and supervises programs. The position serves as a consultant and advisor to subordinates, peers, and administration.

I. Clinical Responsibilities : Spends 80% of time with clinical responsibilities. During clinical time the specialist will:

A. Diagnose and treat medical and surgical disorders using the most appropriate techniques in providing quality care.

B. Provide consultation for surgical patients of all surgical specialties in the intensive care unit.

C. Participates in general surgery call and performs general surgical procedures in addition to procedures in the intensive care unit.

D. Provide supervision, as appropriate, of trainees conducting direct clinical care.

E. Be responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center as appropriate and outcome data as appropriate.

F. Consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.

G. Remain involved in program evaluation.

H. Maintain full clinical privileges as a member of the Medical Staff.

I. Abide by Medical Staff By-laws.

II. Administrative Responsibilities: Spends 20% of time developing processes, clinical pathways and quality improvement projects for the surgical intensive care unit.

A Works collaboratively with section chiefs in the department of surgery and the chief of surgery to evaluate performance of surgical care in the SICU.

B. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees.

C. Participates in Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN)/local critical care initiatives.

D. Represents the Surgical Service on decision-making committees at the Medical Center that affect surgical critical care.

E. Responsible for participation in Surgical services response in the event of critical occurrences of violence at the facility, disasters, and/or mass casualty occurrences.

F. Oversees the establishment of intensive care unit monitors and outcome measurements within programs using data-driven quality assurance processes.

G. Has programmatic oversight and shared responsibility of the SICU.

Hours of duty: Day Tour.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) is offered.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: • Citizenship. U.S. Citizenship required • Education. A Degree of Doctor of Meidcineor an equivalenet degree from approved schools. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional members in the Association of American Medical Colleges accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth, or in the District of Columbia. • Licensure. 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. • Proficient in spoken and written English. Important Items to Note: *Salary will be determined by a Compensation Panel led by the Chief of staff and attended by your peers. * This position is a full-time permanent position. * This position will remain open until filled. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2, Physician Qualification Standard.

This position requires that you meet all physical requirements of the vacancy. You will be required to complete a pre-employment physical. This is a random drug testing position.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

If selected for this position you will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment physical, fingerprinting and a background investigation.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.**

Salary Range: $99,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 452245800

Job Announcement Number: 644-Dki-16/181948