The Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia is seeking a full time Pathologist. The Pathologist will be responsible for performing duties as assigned in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Predominant work will be in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics areas. 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: Fully trained pathologist, board certified in Clinical Pathology. In addition, Medical Microbiology certification is preferred. Anatomic Pathology certification is also desirable. 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: Physical demands include repetitive body movements including the following: frequent reaching, standing, walking, and lifting of equipment and/or patients to provide patient care. This position requires extension of the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction including above or below shoulder level, during the provision of patient care, including retrieval of needed equipment, supplies and to make contact with the patient. This position requires the maintenance of an upright position to perform duties associated with patient care. This position is typically non-sedentary, and frequently involves being in the standing position. This position requires moving about accomplish tasks, such as assisting with patient ambulation and moving one patient area to the next. This position requires the raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position or the movement of objects horizontally position to position. Lifting may be done to move a patient from one location to the next, i.e.- from the exam table to the chair, and in the movement of equipment or supplies. Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted. ["The incumbent is ultimately responsible for the successful performance of patient care related activities in P&LMS. This responsibility predominately includes handling clinical pathology, namely, Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Diagnostics clinical chemistry and hematology. Function in blood bank and anatomic pathology is desirable. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. 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 4% 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 The role of the P&LMS physician may also include but shall not be limited to the following: Contributes to the operation of effective and safe laboratories that are in compliance with standards established by the College of American Pathology (CAP), the Joint Commission (JC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Society for Microbiology (ASM).Ensures accurate clinical laboratory test results with turn-around-times (TAT) that meet the reasonable and possible expectations of the medical staff and accrediting agencies, when adequately supported with necessary resources from administration and human resources. Performance of the clinical laboratory is monitored continuously, and results recorded in the Quality Assurance (QA) minutes. Ensures accurate pathology services with TAT that meet the reasonable and possible expectations of the medical staff and accrediting agencies when adequately supported with necessary resources from administration and human resources. TAT is monitored monthly and reported in the QA minutes. Provides consultation to physicians in interpretation concerning specific patient infectious disease conditions, the identification and management of multi-drug resistant bacteria, and addressing new viral bio-threats to our patients and communities. The incumbent plays a central role in the detection of new infectious agents, support the Infection Control program, and assist in establishment and evaluation of new test procedures. Promotes an effective, balanced relationship with academic affiliates that result in a joint and mutually advantageous partnership. Ensures communication and coordination between the laboratory services and the clinical services. Engages in conducting broadly outlined research activities to develop and validate protocols to detect various human pathogens. Participates in the development of biological and safety guidelines used in clinical laboratory diagnostics at all levels of the organization. Works cooperatively with the Core Laboratory Supervisor and section supervisors to implement an ongoing competency assessment program for all technical personnel performing testing, assures that documented education/training and supervision are effectively provided to technical personnel identified as responsible for testing in a manner that promotes and maintains acceptable levels of performance. Provides on-the-job training for Residents in accordance with established procedures and practices. Maintains a current knowledge and answers questions of other employees on procedures, policies, directives, and the like and obtains needed information or decisions from the supervisor on problems which arise. Participates in the Laboratory Quality Management (QM) Plan in collaboration with the PVAMC Quality Council, addressing appropriate and practical QM needs as indicated by accreditation, internal and external sources. Exercises continual surveillance over operations to assure compliance with safety requirements and maintains vigilance to insure safe working conditions for all personnel in the laboratory. Reports to the Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine/Designee on performance and progress of services. Makes suggestions to the supervisor as required on such matters as recognition for outstanding performance, separations, performance appraisals, and similar matters. Performs other duties as assigned. standards or establish policy. Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday (with on call rotating weekends and holiday coverage)\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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