Chief, (Plastic Surgery Section)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Denver, CO

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 796368

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments. Your final salary determination must be approved by the medical center director.

Tour of Duty: Adjustable - Part-Time (40hrs)

This position is located in the Plastic Surgery Section, VA ECHCS. This position provides support to the Chief of Surgery Service in carrying out the mission of the service and VA Medical Center.

Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours . The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:
Duties:
The Plastic Surgeon will be responsible for:
  • Analyzing patient’s medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation’s necessity and to determine best procedure.
  • Prescribing preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as sedatives, diets, antibiotics, and preparation and treatment of the patient’s operative area.
  • Examines patients to provide information on medical condition and surgical risk.
  • Follows established surgical techniques during operations. Operates on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patient’s functions.
  • Refers patients to medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary. Examines instruments, equipment, and operating room to ensure sterility.
  • Prepares case histories.
  • Provides consultation and surgical assistance to other physicians and surgeons.
  • Ensures personal qualities such as emotional stability, dependability, positive relations with VA and DOD staff and community, adherence to ethical standards, eliciting cooperation, attendance/participation in clinic meetings and peer councils.
Administrative Responsibilities:
  • Oversight of Plastic Surgery Section consisting of the equivalent of 2 full-time physicians and nurses.
  • Responsible for the direct supervision of Plastic Surgeons, Physician Assistants and/or Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Nurses.
  • The Joint Commission and CARF preparation and accreditation.
  • Quality assurance and performance improvement.
  • Physician and nurse practitioner per review.
  • Budget and resource requests.
  • Wait lists and access to clinics.
  • Mandatory staff training.
  • Employee satisfaction.
  • Serve on ECHCS Medical Center committees.
The Chief, Plastic Surgery Independently provides clinical services to eligible Veterans. Services are provided within the VA-Eastern Colorado Health Care System at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and surrounding clinics, in outpatient and inpatient Medical Center programs, significant others, community agencies and providers, and other staff.

The Plastic Surgeon is responsible for the teaching of residents and medical students, as well as responsible for oversight of the care provided residents and students. Plastic Surgeons will participate in the administration of programs, committees, and other staff functions as delegated by the Chief of Surgery Service.

The Plastic Surgeon will be expected to hold an appointment in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine and comply with rules and regulations related to said appointment. The provider should expect to participate in faculty committees, residency training.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Qualifications:
1. Citizenship : Must be a citizen of the United States.

2. 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.

3. Licensure and Registration : Physician applicants must have a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

4. Board Certification/Board Eligible : Practitioner should be either in the examination process of the American Board of Anesthesiologists or a Diplomat of the Board, or to be holding certification of foreign training that is recognized as equivalent to its diploma by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

5. English Language Proficiency : Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, 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 range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/about-va/index.asp .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

OTHER INFORMATION:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...