Physician (Section Chief, Orthopedic Surgery)
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VA North Texas Healthcare System is recruiting for Chief, Orthopedics Section, Surgical Service.


VACANCY ID: 707654

POSITION TITLE: Physician (Section Chief, Orthopedic Surgery) VM-0602-15/15

VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) is an integrated health care system serving veteran patients in 38 counties, including 2 in Oklahoma. In addition to a wide variety if acute care services, VANTHCS provides over one million outpatient visits a year combined at our Dallas, Bonham, Tyler, and Fort Worth locations.

When someone says, “play ball” in Dallas, the natural response is, “which one?” Dallas is one of only a few cities to have teams in six major professional team sports: the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball, the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League, and professional soccer’s FC Dallas (formerly the Dallas Burn). Throw in the mix the Mesquite Rodeo, Texas Motor Speedway, Lone Star Park Racetrack, and NCAA Division I athletics in more than a dozen sports, and you can see that Dallas is a city that likes to play, and likes to play it all!

If you are interested in working at one of the largest and most complex medical centers in the country and living in an exciting metropolitan area, make Dallas VA Medical Center your first choice!
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • English Proficiency
  • Random Drug Testing
  • Current and Unrestricted Medical Licensure within the United States
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Orthopedic Surgery

DUTIES: VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas, Texas is actively recruiting a board certified or board eligible Orthopedic Surgeon for a leadership position as Chief, Orthopedic Section, Surgical Service, to participate in our clinical practice and teaching programs. We have an active affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a UT faculty appointment is anticipated for the accepted candidate. Faculty rank will be dependent upon academic credentials and experience. To meet the qualifications of this position, applicants should have a minimum of four years experience in resident teaching and be currently practicing clinical and surgical orthopedics.

The incumbent will be primarily responsible for oversight of the Orthopedic Section, Surgical Service, and is expected to provide leadership both clinically and administratively. Specialty training in joint replacement is desirable. Duties for this position will include direct patient care, performance of surgery, quality improvement initiative and supervision of physician assistants, fellows, residents, medical students and office personnel. This position offers excellent opportunities for rewarding interactions with an outstanding house staff, faculty, and basic scientists at UT Southwestern, as well as participation in the dynamic evolution of a progressive VA Health Care System.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Incumbent must have full, unrestricted Medical Licensure within the United States.

Incumbent must be Board Certified or Board Eligible in Orthopedic Surgery.

Four years of Surgical Resident Teaching experience is required for consideration.

FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.


b. Education. 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

(4) For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

c. Licensure and Registration

(1) Physicians (Except Residents). 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.

(2) Residents. 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 before the second year of VA residency, or meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for residents of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes. The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

(3) Impaired Licensure. A physician who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3, section B, paragraph 14 of this part.

(4) Waiver of Licensure. Licensure may be waived by the Under Secretary for Health or designee in Central Office for individuals in research or academic assignments involving no direct patient care responsibilities in accordance with current regulations.

d. First-Year Residency (Internship). Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate’s acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are:

(1) Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or

(2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

e. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)
· Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
· Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
· New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
· Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
· Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.
· 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.
· Maintenance of current and unrestricted Medical license in the United States, District of Columbia, or US territory is required as a condition of employment.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

BENEFITS: Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, 10 federal holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a wide range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information, please visit us at:

OTHER INFORMATION: If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

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