Physician (Orthopedic Surgeon)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Portland, OR

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Salary based on experience and education and determined by a Compensation Panel.

This position serves as a staff Orthopedic Surgeon within the Operative Care Division at the Portland VA Medical Center.

An Orthopedic Surgeon is responsible for participating in and/or managing all aspects of an orthopedic surgery program, to include clinical, administrative, academic and research components.

The incumbent will be accountable to the Orthopedic Surgery Section Chief and Chief of the Surgical Service, to assure the most effective delivery of care in Orthopedic surgery while meeting and exceeding compliance standards. The incumbent will have responsibility and decision-making ability for orthopedic surgery patient-care issues.

Preferred Candidate will possess:

1. Board Certification or be Board Eligible in Orthopedic Surgery through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
  • 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.

  • This position will be a full-time staff position with the Orthopaedics Section at the Portland VA Medical Center, with an additional academic appointment at the affiliated University medical center (Oregon Health & Science University) on the same campus. All clinical responsibilities will be exclusively at the Portland VAMC, delivering care to patients within the VA system. Qualified applicants will be responsible for participating in and/or managing all aspects of a general Orthopaedic surgery practice. Applicants should anticipate 50-80% of their clinical practice will focus on general Orthopaedic surgical and non-surgical care as outlined in the Qualifications Section. A small percentage of the providers practice (20-50%) may include more complex and specialized procedures based on the practitioner’s preferences and the clinical needs of the facility. Additional responsibilities will include education and training of Orthopaedic residents. Participation in academic conferences at the affiliated University Hospital. Administrative responsibilities will include management of the clinicians own clinic and surgical schedule, as well as leadership roles in systems improvement initiatives (e.g. OR efficiency, resident education curriculums) for the Orthopaedics Section at the Portland VAMC. Research activities and peer reviewed publications will be encouraged and supported but is not required.

    The practitioner will work closely, on a daily basis with a cohesive team approach to care, along-side 4 additional Orthopaedic surgeons (generalists and subspecialists) as well as with 4 Mid-level providers (PA, RN), and Orthopaedic residents

  • Provide surgical and non-surgical treatment for patients with musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. Deliver care to the veteran requiring surgery or having surgery-related illnesses. Performs the administrative components of patient care management, such as: dictation of progress notes, OP reports, discharge summaries; signatures; and consultation referrals for both in-patients and outpatients, etc.

    Responsible for the structure and details of physician rounding schedules, and nighttime coverage systems relevant to the care of the surgical patient.

    Supervise and train physician assistants, residents, and medical student trainees

    Establishes and promotes an atmosphere of unity through collaborative practice and effective communication between all staff disciplines. Fosters a high level of patient and staff satisfaction.

    Provides clinical coverage as needed by the orthopedic surgery team.

    Work with multiple Divisions/Services throughout the facility to improve outcomes and efficiencies.

    Collaborates on a frequent basis with nursing and others to facilitate the operations of the ICUs/wards/ED, etc. to meet common goals.

    Participates in ward/ICU rounds, morbidity and mortality conferences, grand rounds, JCAHO activities, and any other relevant activities.

    Participates in quality improvement activities.

    Meets continuing education requirements.


    Your salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined by a Compensation Panel, which is a peer review process. The Compensation Panel will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internships and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary within the guidelines set forth by VA Handbook 5007, Part IX.

    1) Citizen of the United States.

    2) 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) 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.

    4) Must be proficient in spoken and written English .

    Education/Experience Requirements: · Degree of doctor 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: a. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Associate of American Medical colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. b. Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. c. 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.].
    Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician QUALIFICATION STANDARD

    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 .

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application, résumé, required documentation 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, up to 5 weeks paid vacation (for full-time physicians), 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 .

    OTHER INFORMATION: This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

    - Although the duty station is shown in this announcement, it may be necessary to utilize the selected person's services at a different location within the Portland VA Medical Center commuting area if conditions require it in the future

    - Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire noncitizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

    - If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law
    (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must register with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions.

    - A security clearance and a favorable suitability determination are required. Misconduct in prior employment, criminal, dishonest or disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicating beverages, abuse of narcotics, drugs or other controlled substances, or reasonable doubt of loyalty to the United States are examples of reasons an offer of employment may be denied.

    - Public transit subsidy benefits are available. Carpooling assistance is provided. However, single occupancy parking is limited on main Portland campus.

    - Relocation incentive may be authorized.

    - Recruitment incentive may be authorized.

    - A drug test may be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.

    - A pre-employment physical examination will be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.

    - Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407(d).

    - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

    - It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs that all Federal wage and salary payments are paid to employees by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT).

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