The New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) is seeking a board-certified surgeon for the position of Chief, Surgical Service. The incumbent serves as a Vice Chair in the Department of Surgery at University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM-SOM), and works collaboratively on surgical initiatives with UNM-SOM, community facilities, and in the Desert Pacific VA Health Care Network. Eight surgical sections comprise the surgery department including: general, cardiothoracic, ophthalmology/optometry, orthopedics/podiatry, otolaryngology, urology, vascular, and plastic surgery. Applicants with strong clinical and academic qualifications, including research, and experience in the administration of comprehensive surgical services are preferred. Academic appointment at the UNM-SOM will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The NMVAHCS has a strong commitment to both teaching and research. Its principal academic affiliate is the University of New Mexico school of Medicine. Together, the UNM SOM and NMVAHCS operate ACGME-accredited residencies in the surgical specialties of cardiothoracic surgery, otolaryngology, surgery and urology. Growth in research programs is highly placed on the NMVAHCS strategic plan and is a focus of the incumbent.
The New Mexico VA Health Care System is a tertiary referral center consisting of 176 acute hospital beds, 95 residential rehabilitation treatment program beds and a 36 bed Nursing Home Care Unit. Albuquerque is home to the sole VA hospital in the state but the NMVAHCS operates six (6) VA-staffed Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and five (5) contract CBOCs throughout the State and southern Colorado. Annually, over 64,000 veterans are served with approximately 38,205 hospital days and 685,814 outpatient visits.
Albuquerque is located in the heart of the Land of Enchantment with mild winters and pleasant summers. Year-round golf and tennis, museums, fiestas, theaters, fine dining, music, sports, and numerous cultural activities make the high desert city full of exciting attractions and events. A ride up the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway ends atop the Sandia Mountains with a vista of over 15,000 square miles of magical landscape. To the west the Rio Grande meanders through a cottonwood lined valley, below dormant volcanoes silhouetted against fiery red sunsets.
Functional Statement Title/#: Staff Physician Chief of Surgery
Fair Labor Standards Act:Exempt Bargaining Unit Status Code: 8888
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 allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed.Approved schools are: (1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. (3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant.
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 ofresidency training or its equivalent, approved by theSecretary of Veterans Affairsinan 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 accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have providedan applicant with appropriate professional training.
Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Physical requirements outlined below.
Board Certification in a surgical specialty,as the New Mexico VAHCS is affiliated with the University of New Mexico and is an academic facility.
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.
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:?, Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over): Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing up to 8 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Other(VA Form 10-2850 Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors ) *Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
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 1936399.
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.