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Physician-Interventional Radiologist

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

This is a Full-time position in Salem, VA posted July 13, 2021.

Summary Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay).

The Salem VA Medical Center is recruiting for a full time Interventional Radiologist in the Imaging Service Line located at the Salem VA Medical Center, Salem, Virginia.

Responsibilities Interventional Radiologist (IR) Duties The interventional radiologist has primary responsibility for interventional radiology procedures.

Candidates must be proficient in peripheral vascular interventions (including angioplasty, stent placements and thrombolysis) embolization procedures (such as GI bleed, prostatic arteries , gastric varices and chemoembolization), renal procedures such as nephrostomy, dialysis related interventions , CT /US guided procedures( biopsies, drainages, aspirations) , spine interventions (pain management ESI and vertebroplasty/ kyphoplasty, lumbar puncture, myelograms), intercostal nerve blocks, Biliary procedures, TIPS procedure, Endovascular Aortic Repair, and Radiofrequency ablations (of the tumors of kidneys, liver and lung).

In addition, the candidate has the responsibility of review of IR orders for appropriateness and feasibility, pre-procedure preparation, knowledge and technical skill in image-guided procedures, post-procedure care and appropriate documentation in CPRS.

Coordination of care within the IR team, with other staff in the medical center, and occasionally with providers outside the medical center is an essential function.

The consultative role encompasses patient chart and imaging record review, and patient assessment that integrates the value of imaging and radiology procedures in patient management.

Overall Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist Duties Oversight of quality and safety: Review exam requests for appropriateness.

Prescribe exam protocols and modify as needed for specific clinical indications.

Provide oversight of technical image quality with feedback to technologists.

Provide clinical oversight of medication administration, including contrast, preps and other medications relevant to the Imaging Service.

Provide oversight and serve as resource for infection control practices.

Participate in various aspects of quality assurance such as peer review, protocol review, appropriateness criteria and performance improvement.

Image Interpretation and Consultation Interpret imaging exams including relevant exam comparison and correlation with clinical information in CPRS.

Generate reports that contain pertinent findings and measurements, a description of normal and abnormal structures, discussion of differential diagnoses, recommendations and impression.

Support patient care services with reports timely to the care being delivered with the method of communication appropriate to the level of clinical importance or acuity.

Consult with providers on various aspects of imaging such as exam selection, review of results and other support functions.

Participate in clinical conferences such as Tumor Board and others.

Patient Care Interact with patients to obtain relevant clinical history and physical exam findings within the scope of radiology practice, provide education to patients and support, obtain informed consent, issue disclosures when appropriate, document in CPRS, enter orders in CPRS, and other aspects of physician practice.

Participate in the coordination of patient care: Contact clinical providers as relevant to effective patient care, discuss evaluation, management, follow-up and other aspects of coordinated, patient-centered care.

Integrate resources to provide current, optimal care: consult colleagues, research literature, maintain continuing education and other sources of current practice.

Medical Staff Functions Participate in Imaging and general medical staff meetings, committee assignments, compliance and other components of an organized medical staff.

Education Support academic affiliations in technologist, radiologic assistant, medical student, resident and other teaching programs that involve the Imaging Service.

Provide clinical experience, cognitive development, and other aspects of effective teaching.

Work Schedule: 8:15AM
– 5:00PM (Monday thru Friday) and both IR and Diagnostic call Relocation incentive: Not authorized Recruitment incentive: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.

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 below.

Preferred Experience: Board eligible or Board certified.

CAQ certification required.

Two or more years experience as an attending physician.

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.

Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; light carrying, under 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability; clear speech.

The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

Rigid deadlines and need for high degree of accuracy periodically becomes stressful.

Education Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.

You can verify your education here: d.gov/accreditation/.

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

For further information, visit: d.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.

This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA Physician Brochure.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.