The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center located in Jackson, MS is recruiting for a Physician (General Surgeon) for the Surgical Service. 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 OR the ability to attain such prior to entering on duty. Please Note: A copy of the current certification must be submitted prior to entering on duty. Preferences: ~ Board Eligible/Board Certified in General Surgery. ~ Fellowship training in bariatric surgery. ~ Experience in advanced laparoscopic surgery. ~ Experience utilizing da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, and case logs may be requested. ~ Endoscopy experience. ~ Ability to perform colonoscopies, and upper endoscopies in a clinical setting. ~ Experience teaching/training medical students and surgical residents. ~ Supervision for medical students and residents assigned to the Surgical Service. ~ Experience treating/managing bariatric patients. ~ Experience in bariatric revision surgery, and ability to cover bariatric clinic. 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: Functional Requirements ~ Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over. ~ Straight pulling (1 hour.) ~ Pulling hand over hand (1 hour). ~ Pushing (.25 hours). ~ 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" to Jaeger 1 to 4. ~ Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other. ~ Specific visual requirement (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. ~ General good health. 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): May be Authorized for Highly Qualified Candidates. Contact Ronda.Eady@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. See details in \"Education\" section.\nPay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases.\nPaid 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: One full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Major Duties/Responsibilities Clinical Duties\n~ Provide quality patient care to both inpatients and outpatients.\n~ Participate in multidisciplinary activities involving the treatment plan and discharge plan of patents.\n~ Initiate change in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from evidence-based research and studies. Keeps informed of developments in the management and treatment of diseases and illness through continuing medical education, both formal and informal.\n~ Integrate patient care activities in Surgical Services with other patient care programs at the medical center and in the community, such as Social Work, Prosthetics, and Nursing Home.\n~ Other duties as assigned by Chief of Surgery. Administrative Duties\n~ Provide guidance and clinical supervision for the nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and health technicians assigned to the Surgical Service when appropriate.\n~ Provide guidance for the medical students and residents assigned to the Surgical Service.\n~ Participate and attends medical center committee meetings as assigned by the Chief or Deputy, Surgical Service in his/her absence.\n~ Assist in the development, implementation, and expansion of programs in the Surgical Service.\n~ 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, and Peer Review.\n~ Serve as Acting Chief or Deputy, Surgical Services, as needed, per request of the Service Chief.\n~ Perform other administrative duties as assigned by Chief of Surgery. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. On-Call by rotation (will be assigned based on FTE, distributed equally among General Surgery providers)."]
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