The Ophthalmologist works full time in the West Palm Beach VA Surgical Services, performing general ophthalmology surgical procedures and clinical care on patients and has clinical duties that include: admissions, consultations, preoperative work ups, as well as postoperative care to correct or treat various ophthalmology conditions, illnesses and injuries. Also responsible for surgical and medical management of retina patients including doing retinal injections and lasers in the clinic. 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. 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. Fellowship training in surgical and medical retina disorders of the retina. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Surgical and Medical retina experience required with graduation from an accredited ophthalmology residency program and retina fellowship program, 5 years or more clinical experience preferred, Board Certification required. 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. Take a look at VA's Top 20 Reasons Doctors Enjoy Working at VA and VHA Physician's Brochure Physical Requirements: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. ["The ideal candidate will have a strong scope of surgical retina experience, including complex RD, PVR, and diabetic retinopathy treatment. The Physician (Ophthalmologist) duties consist of, but are not limited to, the following: Performs ophthalmologic surgical procedures on patients including related admission, consultation, and work-up, preoperative and postoperative care to correct or treat various conditions, illnesses and injuries Makes preliminary diagnosis; directs, prescribes or provides treatment, arranges for specialized care or patient referral as required. Training and familiarity with diagnosis and state-of-the-art management of patients with disorders of the retina. Surgical and medical retina and comprehensive ophthalmology scope of practice. Actively participates in Emergency and On-Call schedule. Provides comprehensive ophthalmology care including prevention, health maintenance, early diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services to patients. Management of patients during their inpatient course, using consultants when appropriate and performs inpatient consultations on patients from other services Conducts outpatient clinics; reviews patients' medications, diet, course of therapy, adherence to management plan and patient observations; modifies management plan as indicated; and instructs and counsels patients as required. Serves as a consultant to primary care physicians and accepts referrals and outpatient consultations from other providers. Functions in a teaching capacity by educating others (patients, staff, trainees, and/or seminar participants, etc.) in the assessment, treatment, management and evaluation of orthopedic disorders. Refers patients as appropriate; works closely with allied health professionals; and participates in the Surgical Department Quality Assurance and Peer Review programs. Surgical Retina fellowship training is preferred.\nBoard Certification preferred.\nDuties will include being on call and teaching responsibilities with residents.\n2-5 years or more of clinical experience preferred. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Not available.\nPermanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not available. Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not available. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: Full time; daily schedule will be determined based on staffing needs."]
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