The Urology Staff Physician provides clinical skills for the Urology Section to ensure achievement of clinical goals and applicable performance measures. This position reports directly to the Section Chief, Urology or the designee and serves as a key clinical resource for the Urology Section. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Board Certification by the American Board of Urology or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. The applicant must be able to demonstrate that he/she has previously performed urology surgical procedures. 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: Stand for long periods of time while repeating same movements or walking. Bending and twisting body to lift, push, and pull light weight objects. Lift, carry, or move objects weighing up to 15 pounds. Stand for as much as 85% of work time. Reach above shoulder level in order to perform work. Move, adjust, and manipulate a variety of audiology equipment. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: Provide urologic care to the spinal cord injury and female population including admissions, work-up, diagnosis, consultation, and prescribing or ordering medications. Provide operative and non-operative care in Urology patients to diagnose, correct, treat or rehabilitate conditions, illnesses. Must be able to quality for and accept the responsibility of being a UT faculty member, must participate in our global call schedule, must be able to work with and supervise residents. Procedures performed are included but not limited to: appendectomy(incidental),exploratory laparotomy, excision/drainage of retroperitoneal tumor/cyst, ESWL, Diverticulectomy, Herniorrhaphy, Hydrocelectomy, Hysterectomy/oophorectomy in conjunction with pelvic exenteration, treatment of female incontinence, laser ablation of prostate, lymphadenectomy, percutaneous nephrostomy placement and nephrostolithotomy, insertion of penile prosthesis, urinary diversion including bowel substitution for conduit or reservoir, ultrasonography and US-guided biopsy of urinary tract organs. Responsible for involving family member or members/guardians in the patients' care, taking after duty hours (weekdays, weekends, and holidays) call, perform invasive procedures; such as, TRUS PNBX's without sedation, cystoscopies (with intra-urethral topical anesthetic), vasectomies, circumcisions, infrared coagulation and/excision of genital lesions, urethral meatotomies, and dorsal slits (with local anesthetic), and assume total responsibility for all perioperative care for his or her patients. Referral, when indicated, of patients with complex health problems to other providers within the medical center or to other VA Medical Centers. Consultations with physicians and others, when requested to augment the care of their patients. Other duties assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, tour of duty to be determined. Subject to taking call. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting"]
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