The Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center is seeking an Ophthalmologist to join our team. Here, you can work at the only free-standing Eye Center in the VA system with state-of-the-art equipment and an outstanding team of certified ophthalmic technicians. We have an excellent partnership with our Optometric colleagues, as well as our academic affiliates whose residents we train. If you are interested in a career providing integrated patient-centered care to Veterans, apply to be part of the Team! 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. Preferred Experience: Preferred experience in General Ophthalmology/Cataract Surgery in addition to either Glaucoma or Retina subspecialty training and experience in ophthalmic resident surgical education. 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: Per VA Directive and Handbook 5019 - a physical examination will be conducted based on the physical requirements of the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. ["The VA has been named one of the Top 5 Best Places to Work in the federal government. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Available to well-qualified candidates Relocation Incentive: Available for well-qualified current employees of the VHA Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Rebecca Perry, firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid 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) 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 (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The Ophthalmology provider serves as a practicing provider who is responsible for the overall management of Ophthalmology patients at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. The ophthalmologist is responsible for administrative tasks associated with clinical and surgical operations, provides leadership and direction to support staff and works closely with, and under authorization of the supervising physician. SCOPE OF DUTIES: The Ophthalmologist shall be proficient within privileged scope of practice. Specifically, the ophthalmologist should possess the expertise and competency to perform the following: Primarily responsible for providing Ophthalmology care to veterans both clinically and surgically Responsible for resident supervision per VA guidelines Responsible for staffing Ophthalmology clinics Attendance at staff meetings and participation on committees assigned Responsible for providing continuing education to technician staff Responsible for timely medical records, including computer order/entry Supports Chief of Ophthalmology in obtaining Performance Measures Responsible for completing all VA mandatory and assigned educational trainings The ophthalmologist is a licensed independent practitioner that practices based on their specific approved privileges and guidance derived from VHA, Medical Center and Service Directives / Memorandums. Ophthalmology providers are assigned a supervisory practitioner within the scope of their privileges and credentials. Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm"]
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.