Physician (Pathology) Chief

Department of Veterans Affairs
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Closing date
Dec 1, 2022

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This position will be responsible for the administrative and technical oversight of diagnostic services provided by the clinical laboratory and will participate in anatomic and clinical service work. Diagnostic services include Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Molecular Pathology, and a wide range of Clinical Pathology activities. Applicants should have a strong background in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, strong administrative skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, possess a collaborative attitude, and a commitment to the education of medical students, residents, and fellows. Successful candidates should actively participate in departmental and hospital committees.

The incumbent is responsible for directing and coordinating functions of the service; functions are diverse and encompass patient care, administration, education, and research. Incumbent reports to the Chief, VISN 22 Consolidated Pathology.
* Make judgments about the medical significance of clinical lab data and communicates effectively in interpreting and correlating lab data to providers; provides consultation to clinicians when appropriate.
* Responsible for P&LMS representation on committees such as Tumor Conference, Transfusion Review, Inpatient Care Board, Ancillary Testing, etc.
* Diagnose surgical and cytologic specimens; interact to provide expert consultative services to providers on follow-up case material.
* Perform and provide diagnosis on specimens obtained by fine-needle aspiration.
* Perform gross and microscopic examination of tissue and cytologic material and provide reports in a timely manner.
* Ensure a quality improvement program is well defined, effectively implemented, and monitored to provide continuous improvements and cost-effective operations in the service.
* Develop and effective plan to monitor all work performed in the laboratory to determine reliability of data and efficiency in delivery of results to providers.

* Ensure the selection of all outside referral labs is made to provide quality of testing and cost efficiencies.
* Ensure the maintenance of comprehensive quality control, proficiency testing, and peer review programs to meet accrediting agency requirement.

* Provide cost-effective and efficient administration of the P&LMS, including budget planning and responsible fiscal management.
* Ensure sufficient numbers and types of qualified personnel are available to perform service work. Ensure compliance with accrediting agency requirements is met.
* Ensure adequate space, equipment, and supplies are available to perform work of service.
* Ensure test requests are made by authorized providers; ensure requests provide all necessary patient and specimen information; ensure proper instructions are issued for specimen collection, handling, and processing.
* Ensure all tests are performed appropriately and in a timely manner; ensure results are readily available to the providers.
* Ensure work environment is safe, employees understand and follow all stated safety policies and procedures; ensure service is in compliance with applicable safety regulations.
* Provide educational direction for laboratory staff via in-service, continuing education, professional meetings, etc.
* Foster and support clinical research, plan and direct research and development when appropriate.
VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package.VHA Physician Total Rewards.

Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus):A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized for this position.

Pay:Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off:49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)
Retirement:Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance:Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Licensure:1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
CME:Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement
Malpractice:Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract:No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting

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


Conditions of Employment
* U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
* 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
* Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
* Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel
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.
* 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.

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