The Orthopedic Surgeon works full time in the West Palm Beach VA Surgical Services providing general orthopedic care to Veterans. Clinical competence in Orthopedic Surgery requires factual knowledge and technical skills in the preoperative evaluation, operative management, and postoperative care of patients. Also responsible for admitting, diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions, history and physical, preparing treatment plans, arthrocentesis and injections of major and minor joints, closed treatment of uncomplicated fractures and dislocations, treatment of minor traumatic wounds. The orthopedic surgeon should also be able to perform amputation, arthrotomy, arthrodesis, arthroplasty (including hemiarthroplasty of the hip, arthrotomy, arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder, osteotomy, bone grafts extremities, closed and open treatment of complicated fractures and dislocations). A specialization in Hand and Upper Extremity surgery, including shoulder replacement surgery, is preferred.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Surgical duties that include: admissions, consultations, preoperative work ups, as well as postoperative care to correct or treat various general conditions, illnesses and injuries.
- The complete care of critically ill patients with underlying surgical conditions.
- Operates or directs the operation of fluoroscopic equipment for a medical procedure.
- Makes preliminary diagnosis; directs, prescribes or provides treatment, arranges for specialized care or patient referral as required.
- Actively participates in Emergency and On-Call schedule.
- Provides comprehensive general care including prevention, health maintenance, early diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services to patients.
- Management of patients during their inpatient course, using consultants when appropriate and performing inpatient consultations on patients from other services.
- Sharing on-call responsibilities with other orthopedic surgeons on the service.
- Conducts outpatient clinics; reviews patients' medications, diet, course of therapy, adherence to management plan and patient observations; modifies management plan as indicated; and instructs and counsels patients as required.
- Serves as a consultant to primary care physicians and accepts referrals and outpatient consultations from other providers.
- Functions in a teaching capacity by educating others (patients, staff, trainees, and/or seminar participants, etc.) in the assessment, treatment, management and evaluation of general disorders.
- Refers patients as appropriate; works closely with allied health professionals; and participates in the Surgical Department Quality Assurance and Peer Review programs.
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Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Eligible- *See "Additional Information" section below for more details.
Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer 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)
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, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
RequirementsConditions 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.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
- You may be required to serve a probationary period.
- Subject to background/security investigation.
- 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 Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.
QualificationsTo 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.Preferred Experience: Specialization in hand and upper extremity surgery, including shoulder replacements.
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