Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay) A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates. 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. Additional Requirement: Must be board certified in Anatomic Pathology and/or Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. Preferred Experience: 3-5 years of supervisory experience preferred 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: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. ["The Associate Chief, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service Line (PLMS), Great Lakes Health Care System (VISN12) must be an experienced, fully trained pathologist, board certified in Anatomic Pathology and/or Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. The Associate Chief of Pathology is ultimately responsible for the clinical operation of the Laboratory to which s/he is assigned. In addition, s/he is responsible for the supervision of the staff pathologists located at the same institution. Such supervision includes assuring that focused provider practice evaluation (FPPE) and ongoing provider practice evaluation (OPPE) data, including diagnostic concordance in the 10% protected peer review process and other national requirements are collected and evaluated in a timely manner to assure that pathologists are competent and re-credentialed on a biennial basis. The Associate Chief Pathologist will assure that staff pathologists complete all required training in a timely basis. The Associate Chief of Pathology is expected to represent the Laboratory at the local medical executive committee meetings and to attend other key hospital meetings as requested by the Chief of Staff. Associate Chiefs of Pathology in VISN 12 report directly to the Chief Pathologist, VISN 12 and indirectly to the Chief of Staff at the hospital(s) at which they serve. The role of the PLMS Associate Chief Pathologist also includes, but is not limited to, the following: Fulfills the clinical roles and responsibilities of the Medical Director of the Laboratory in compliance with CLIA '88. Contributes to the operation of effective and safe laboratories that are in compliance with standards established by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), The Joint Commission (TJC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and other applicable regulatory bodies. Has responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of the Quality Assurance (QA) program by: Establishing a QA Committee and conducting (or overseeing) regular meetings where the performance of the clinical laboratory is monitored continuously, and results recorded in the QA Committee minutes. Developing, approving and monitoring the Laboratory Quality Improvement (QI) Plan, addressing appropriate and practical QI needs as indicated by accreditation, internal, and external sources. Ensuring accurate anatomic pathology services (surgical pathology, cytology, and autopsy), with TATs that meet the reasonable and possible expectations of the medical staff and accrediting agencies when adequately supported with necessary resources from facility administration and human resource management services. TAT is monitored monthly and reported in the QA Committee minutes. Ensuring accurate clinical laboratory test results with turn-around-times (TAT) that meet the reasonable and possible expectations of the medical staff and accrediting agencies, when adequately supported with necessary resources from facility administration and human resource management services. Promotes an effective, balanced relationship with academic affiliate(s) that result in a joint and mutually advantageous partnership. Ensures communication and coordination between the laboratory service and the clinical services. The Associate Chief Pathologist and the Laboratory Manager work in concert to promote and ensure the successful operations of the laboratory. The respective Laboratory Managers at all VISN 12 sites report to the Administrative Director of the VISN 12 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Line. Laboratory supervisors report to their respective Laboratory Managers; Laboratory Employees report to their respective supervisors. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer 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 Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting"]
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