The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System is currently seeking a full-time board certified Urologist and will ensure the quality and timeliness of the services provided within the Urology Service. The Staff Physician, Urology Services is responsible for patient care, patient/family education, and participation in any indicated clinical research in the Urology Service. The Urologist provides comprehensive care for patients who have illnesses within the scope of Urology. The scope of these activities covers all phases of ambulatory care. Other responsibilities may include education of medical students and residents and/or supervision of other providers. The majority of the Staff Physicians time is devoted to patient care and education, with the remaining time set aside for performance improvement activities, creative research to improve patient care, activities sufficient to maintain proficiency in state-of-the-art urology care. Most of the work takes place at Health Care Center at Harlingen but some travel may be required to meet the needs at various sites of VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System. Functions or Scope of Assigned Duties include the following: Observance of Federal, national and local regulatory, policy, and accreditation requirements governing this Health Care System, this position encompasses the following examples of responsibilities overseen by a Urologist. Staff Physicians require appropriate time mapping and resources to ensure they are empowered to meet expected proficiencies in administration, clinical practice, education, and research. Administrative Writes Medical Orders and prescriptions for non-controlled substances, as necessary, for the care of the patient in accordance with Federal and State law and approval of the supervising Physician. Documents care provided in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) in accordance with Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System requirements. Documents the detailed, targeted, initial history and physical examination required for evaluation in the electronic tool(s) required by VA. Obtains consent and documents procedures performed for which the physician is responsible. Provides education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs. Review and revise policies and scope of practice/standards of operation to meet the needs of the National VA and VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System mandates Review and guide protocols in chronic patient managements including coordinating efforts with prosthetics department to meet patients needs and maintain fiscal responsibility Clinical Responds to and completes consults received for the evaluation of Urology including: Performs a comprehensive, detailed, targeted, initial history and physical examination in compliance with national guidelines. Orders diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, X-rays, electromyography (EMG), electrocardiograms (EKGs) and other tests. Consults other disciplines, as necessary, to complete the patient evaluation Carries out health promotion and disease prevention activities including education and shared decision-making. Surgical competence in urology procedures is desirable and documentation of procedures within the past 12 months will be requested reflective of the scope of privileges requested Participate in all VISN and national level efforts in urology programs Non-routine duties: Teach students of various fields and specialties. Required Certifications Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation (ACLS if moderate sedation privileges requested) Supervisory Controls: Administrative Supervision: Staff Physician is supervised by his/her Director of Surgery for the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Healthcare System. Medical Supervision: Staff Physician is supervised by his/her Director of Surgery for the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Healthcare System. 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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