The Robley Rex Veterans Affair Medical Center (RRVAMC) in Louisville, Kentucky, in conjunction with the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville (U of L), is seeking a board-certified surgeon for the full-time position of Chief, Surgery Service. The medical center is a major affiliate of the U of L School of Medicine with fully integrated medical student, residency, and fellowship programs. The RRVAMC offers a continuum of healthcare through primary, tertiary, and acute care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, dentistry, and extended care, utilizing 109 operating beds, and operating eight community based outpatient clinics. The Surgical Service is a multidisciplinary department with approximately 22 physician staff and 80 other staff which offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services including two (2) active general surgery services, as well as the specialties of endoscopy, Urology, Vascular, Otolaryngology, Proctology, Thoracic, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Hand, Neurosurgery, Plastics, and Podiatric Medicine. There are 16 ICU beds, 24 Medical/Surgical beds, and 9 stepdown beds. In addition, RRVAMC has an Ambulatory Surgery Program and a Low Vision Program. The medical center is affiliated with the University of Louisville and supports a strong research program, and Surgery Service staff physicians are very active in both teaching and research. Candidates must possess strong administrative, managerial, and leadership skills in the areas of quality improvement, department operations, budget, and supervision of personnel in a wide variety of occupations. Applicants must be eligible for a faculty appointment at the University of Louisville at the Associate Professor or Professor level. This position carries with it important responsibilities for medical education and clinical quality assurance. The Robley Rex VAMC serves as an important site of education for medical students taking their core clinical rotation in general surgery as well as general surgery house officers and specialty trainees. The Chief, Surgical Service will work collaboratively with the officials of U of L responsible for undergraduate and graduate medical education to assure a constructive educational experience. In addition, ongoing quality assurance procedures to assure an excellent patient experience also fall within this individual's realm of responsibility. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellent clinical care and its methodical assessment. Work Schedule: The specifics of work schedule will be discussed during the interview process but primarily will be Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Flexibility will be required to accommodate patient care needs and emergencies. Physical Requirements: In accordance with 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1614.203, the individual selected must be physically and mentally able, with or without reasonable accommodation, to perform the essential functions of this position without endangering the health and safety of self and others. The physical requirements of this position may include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking, climbing, reaching (overhead), repetitive motion and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials. Candidate selected will be required to complete a pre-employment physical.
In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following: Basic Requirements: - Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs 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 above. Selection criteria for this position which would be considered enhancing: - Board certified in a surgical discipline - Demonstrated record of academic productivity in one or more of the following: clinical experience, teaching, and research - Strong administrative, managerial, and leadership skills in the areas of quality improvement, department operations, budget, and supervision of personnel in a wide variety of occupations - Eligibility for faculty appointment at the University of Louisville
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC (e.g., Company/organization name, position title, dates of employment (month/year), and number of hours per week). WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your résumé/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the applicationchecklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Cover letter.
- CV or Resume.
- If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of servicewith honorable or general discharge(optional). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
- If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50, that its not an award or general adjustment- Notification of Personnel Action.
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for our application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Failure to submit the required documents will result in a determination of ineligible.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: FAX Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1986764
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.