Physician (Critical Care Surgery)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Little Rock, Arkansas
May 13, 2020
May 13, 2021
Pulmonary Disease
Full Time
Position Type
This is an open, continuous vacancy announcement. Referral certificates of qualified candidates will be issued every two weeks beginning February 19, 2020.

Primary duties will include, but are not limited to:
* SICU coverage on a rotating schedule with other critical care physicians
* Initial evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of adult patients with surgical diseases, this includes both operative and non-operative therapy
* Provide direct patient care in outpatient clinic, inpatient settings, operating room, and Emergency Department
* Informs veterans to the risks as well as benefits of upcoming surgical procedures
* Enters notes electronically in a paperless medical record system (CPRS)
* Serves as a consulting physician in inpatient and outpatient settings
* Works effectively with patients and coworkers.
* Treats Veterans, Veterans' family members, and other healthcare professionals with respect and dignity
* The candidate shall be expected to cooperate with and participate in medical duties and performance improvement activities at the direction of the Section Chief of General Surgery, Surgical Service Chief and Chief of Staff
* Understands and abides by the Medical Bylaws of this facility
* Performs other administrative duties as assigned by the Section and Service Chief of Surgery
It is estimated that the general surgeon's position will be approximately 25-30% critical care coverage with remainder being general surgery coverage in outpatient and inpatient settings. The incumbent will be required to take call in the both the SICU and general surgery call pool.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM with rotating call; subject to change based on agency needs.
Scope of Practice Title:Physician (Critical Care Surgeon)
Financial Disclosure Report:Not required
Recruitment/Relocation incentivehas been authorized for highly qualified applicants.
This is a bargaining unit position.

PCS Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.
The purpose of PCS/Relocation expenses is to offset higher living costs in a location for any employee or appointee who relocates/transfers in the best interest of the federal government. Benefits may include but are not limited to: reimbursement of travel and transportation expenses, transfer of household goods, per diem, shipment of privately-owned vehicles, house-hunting tips, temporary storage, quarters for employee and his/her immediate family members, etc. The selectee is subject to federal Travel Regulation eligibility requirements.

Travel Required
Not requiredSupervisory status
NoPromotion 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, 09/30/2020.

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.
* Extensive experience in surgical intensive/critical care with fellowship and/or residency in Acute/Critical Care Surgery;
* Successful completion of an ACGME or AOA accredited residency in Surgery;
* Acute/Critical Care Surgery Board Certification
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.

If licensure information is not included in CV, please submit a document that lists the state, license number, and expiration date for all licensure ever held

Physical Requirements:VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; Pushing 8 hours; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking 8 hours; Standing 8 hours; Repeated bending 2 hours; Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Mental and Emotional Stability; Ability to work in intermittent, excessive noise; Ability to work closely with others; Ability to work alone; Ability to work in protracted or irregular hours of work.Education
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. For further information, visit:


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