The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson, MS is seeking a full-time Physician (Neurosurgeon). This is an open-continuous announcement and will remain open until September 29, 2023, or until the position is filled (if a selection is made and offer accepted, announcement will be closed). Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official every two weeks from the opening date of the announcement. To 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. 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. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Preferences: ~ Board eligible/certified in American Board of Neurological Surgery. ~ Satisfactorily completed one-year training program in hand surgery accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Functional Requirements: Physical Requirements ~ Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over ~ Straight pulling (1 hour) ~ Pulling hand over hand (1 hour) ~ Pushing (.25 hour) ~ Reaching above shoulder ~ Use of fingers ~ Both hands required ~ Walking (8 hours) ~ Standing (8 hours) ~ Repeated bending (.25 hours) ~ Both legs required ~ Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously ~ Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" ~ Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other ~ Specific visual requirements (specify) repetition computer entry ~ Both eyes required ~ Depth perception ~ Ability to distinguish basic colors ~ Ability to distinguish shades of colors ~ Hearing (aid may be permitted) ~ Emotional & Mentally stability Environmental Factors ~ Working closely with others ~ Working alone ["The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center is a Joint Commission accredited facility serving Veterans in Mississippi and parts of Louisiana. The VA Medical Center is located in Jackson, Mississippi. Steeped in southern culture, Jackson is home to a multitude of world-class painters, sculptors, dancers, actors, architects, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, and artisans of many disciplines. The city pulses with music from classical to inspirational, home-grown gospel, blues, jazz, rock 'n roll, R&B and more that can be found all around town. Beautifully changing seasons offer numerous fall and holiday events rich with tradition, surprising spring flings for shaking off winter's chill, and laid back summer celebrations that detour off the fast lane. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Olympia.Smith@va.gov. the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off 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: One full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory. CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification). Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided. Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting. Major Duties and Responsibilities: ~ Provide guidance and clinical supervision for the nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and health technicians assigned to the Surgical Service when appropriate. ~ Teaching/mentoring medical students and residents assigned to the Surgical Service. ~ Participate and attend medical center committee meetings as assigned by the Chief and Deputy Chief, Surgical Service in his/her absence. ~ Assist in the development, implementation, and expansion of Neurosurgical programs in the Surgical Service, including, but not limited to appropriate call and clinic schedules and surgical care (operative and non-operative management. ~ Participate in the selection of new staff and provides input on staff assigned in their area. ~ Revises work schedules (call and clinic) and assignment on short notice to meet frequent, abrupt, and unpredictable changes in prescribed workloads and deadlines. ~ Participate in various facility programs designed to enhance and improve the delivery of patient care services, to include, but not limited to Process Action Teams, Root Cause Analysis, collaboration with other sections, services, and Peer Review. ~ Serve as Acting Chief and or Deputy Chief, Surgical Services as needed at the request of the Service Chief or Deputy. ~ Attend surgical staff morbidity and mortality meetings. ~ Provide quality patient care to both inpatients and outpatients in accordance with approved clinical privileges. ~ Participate in multidisciplinary activities involving the treatment plan and discharge plan of patents. ~ Integrate patient care activities on the Surgical Service with other patient care programs at the medical center and in the community, such as Social Work, Prosthetics, and Nursing Home. ~ Serve as staff attending for patients on the Surgical Service, who are either outpatient or inpatients, or seen in consultation. ~ Assist with the acquisition and maintenance of the equipment and supplies needed to provide the best care in your section. -Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. On-call by rotation."]
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