The Cardiac Anesthesiologist has responsibility for providing the complete range of anesthetic care of patients including preoperative assessment, intraoperative anesthetic administration and monitoring during procedural episodes of care requiring both general anesthesiology expertise and subspecialty expertise in cardiac anesthesiology, and post-anesthesia care, in compliance with national (TJC) accreditation standards. 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. Preferred Experience: Board eligible or certified in Anesthesiology through the American Board of Anesthesiology. Possess full, unrestricted license to practice in any state. Physicians who are not board certified but have less than 4 years of clinical practice immediately following completion of postgraduate training may be appointed on a temporary basis not to exceed the 4-year clinical practice limitation to successfully complete their board certification. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of either subspecialty training in cardiac anesthesiology and/or documented proficiency and experience in cardiac anesthesiology in independent practice, with references attesting to this proficiency and experience in the absence of cardiac anesthesiology subspecialty training, in order to be eligible for this position. Previous staff experience with complex anesthesiology patient care, transesophageal echocardiography certification, and demonstrated supervisory skills are desirable but not requisite. 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. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); Light carrying (under 15 pounds); Pushing (0.5 hour); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking/Standing (5-10 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted). Environment Factors: Working with hands in water; working closely with others. ["The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Provides both general and cardiac anesthesia-related direct patient care in all functional areas of the OR, ICU, ward, and clinic settings as needed, to include on-call coverage of both general anesthesia-related and cardiac anesthesia-related patient care needs. Provides anesthesia-related training to qualified fellows, residents, students and other providers in these settings in accordance with supervision policies and procedures. Meets anesthesia-related documentation requirements. Meets continuing education requirements. Participates in development and implementation of program philosophy, objectives, plans, policies, and standards essential to delivery of quality anesthetic care. Participates in activities to improve anesthesia-related outcomes and efficiencies including regular participation in morbidity and mortality conferences, staff meetings, and any other relevant activities. Establishes and promotes an atmosphere of unity through collaborative practice and effective communication between disciplines throughout the facility. Fosters a high level of patient and staff satisfaction. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): A Recruitment or Relocation Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates. 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: 1 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 Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 6:00 am to 6:30 pm, tours variable per service needs, plus call"]
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