Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief of Surgical Services in Albany, New York
Chief of Surgical Services
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Stratton VA Medical Center
- ##### Open & closing dates
09/13/2019 to 09/12/2020
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
- ##### Salary
$250,000 to $400,000 per year
Education and length of practice will be considered through a formal pay-setting process in determining the final compensable salary.
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- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
The basic responsibilities of the position include all supervisory and programmatic oversight for VA Medical Center's Surgical Service, which includes Orthopedics, Vascular, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, GYN, General Surgery, Podiatry, and Plastics, Anesthesiology, Thoracic, and Dental Services. The Chief of Surgical Services (COSS) will function as the primary advisor to the Chief of Staff and Medical Center Director on surgical programs at the Stratton VAMC.
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If selected, you will be responsible for the effective and efficient management of surgical programs and services. You will oversee the clinical and administrative aspects of the Surgical Service, including budget and fiscal management, personnel management, strategic planning, program development, quality management, and assuring that the clinical and administrative functions are integrated to provide optimum utilization of the available resources. As the Chief of Surgical Services you will be responsible for the overall care of patients with conditions requiring treatment in Surgical Service to include consultative, prescriptive and ordering authority in the outpatient setting.
In addition to supervisory responsibilities, you will be responsible for providing direct patient care and surgery as well as teaching and resident supervision within the Department of Surgery. The incumbent follows established guidelines, ethics, and policies and protocols of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Stratton VAMC and the profession.
Scope of Assigned Duties:
- Ensuring the service functions as an integrated care delivery system, providing full continuum of patient-focused Surgical services for Veterans.
- Coordinating and integrating the interdepartmental functions of surgical service. This includes chairing relevant meetings. Emphasizing, and personally modeling, clear, compassionate, careful communication with other clinical and administrative services.
- Monitoring and ensuring compliance with local resident supervision policy.
Clinical - Providing direct clinical care within your specialty. - Completing medical records and ensuring subordinates complete medical records within a timely fashion and in accordance with current VA guidance.
Quality of Care - Providing quality clinical care that follows all relevant Joint Commission requirements, VA Handbooks, Directives, Medical Center Memoranda, and existing Surgical Service Standard Operating Procedures. Joint Commission regulations and other relevant accrediting agencies as indicated, and ensure efficiency of service delivery.
Communication - Representing the organization, internally and externally, in a manner that reflects positively on the Stratton VAMC Employees, the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, rotating call coverage Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment Incentive: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates. Education Debt Reduction Program: This position is eligible for EDRP, a student loan reimbursement program. If selected for this position you must submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment services Office.
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0602 Medical Officer
Conditions of Employment
- United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/12/2020. 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. - Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. - Proficiency in spoken and written English. - Physical requirements outlined below.
Board Certification: - The selected candidate will be board certified in his/her specialty, having completed an appropriate residency or fellowship. Surgeons with Board Certification from the appropriate member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association in the following specialties will be considered: Otolaryngology, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Thoracic Surgery (non-cardiac). - American Heart Association - Basic Life Support Certification.
Preferred Experience: - Minimum 2 years management experience - History of administrative accomplishments - Strong interpersonal skills - Ability to organize work with and apply data for management review - Clinical leadership and administrative experience at the strategic level - Extensive clinical experience in clinical specialty
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: The selected candidate should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), bending and reaching.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
**IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE:** A formal pay-setting process will be used to determine your salary. The salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/12/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10604148.
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Samuel S Stratton VA Medical Center - Albany 113 Holland Ave Albany, NY 12208 US
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