West Texas VA Health Care System, Big Spring, Texasis currently recruiting for a energetic and skilled Ophthalmologist, Chiefto oversee and provide comprehensive ophthalmology services in our Big Spring, Texas facility. This candidate will jointhe Ophthalmology Department and will provide supervisionfor the Ophthalmologists, Ophthalmic Technicians,Program Support Assistants,Optician,TTUCHSC ophthalmology residents (one PGY3 and one PGY4 at anygiven time) andAdministrative Officer for that section. The Ophthalmology department providescomprehensive ophthalmic services to Veterans living in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. This is a very busy, professional, and friendly service, that in addition to providing comprehensive ophthalmic services and anterior segment surgery, also provides educational support to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Ophthalmology residency program.
The Ophthalmology Department currently sees thirty to forty patients a day in the clinic and performs three to five anterior segment surgeries a day four days a week, primarily cataract surgery. We are desiring to increase our clinical and surgical volume with the arrival of a third Ophthalmologist.
TheOphthalmologyStaffwill also provide directresident supervision and oversightof the clinic and management of the operative setting.He/she mustbe very competent and proficient and confident in their own laser and intraoperative surgical skill sets. Prior experience in training ophthalmic surgeons would be ideal but not mandatory. Board certification/board eligibility is preferred. The typical work week is predominantly outpatient clinicOR with no call after VA business hours.
In addition to providing comprehensive ophthalmological services and ophthalmology resident education, the Chief ofOphthalmology Service willalso be responsible of overseeingexistingand new technologies to be used in the West Texas Facility. The selected individual will also participate in peer reviews; clinic access management; oversight of non-VA care request; as well as to ensure compliance with all local and national VA policies andJoint Commission standards.
A RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE MAYBE AUTHORIZED.
Functional Statement Title/#: Ophthalmologist - #000000
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
APPLICANTS WILL BE REVIEWED EVERY 14 CALENDAR DAYS FOR CONSIDERATIONBasic Requirements:
- Citizenship of the United States.
- Education. 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. Approved schools are:
- (1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.
- (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
- (3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.
- (4) For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M8, part II, chapter 1.
- Licensure. 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. Completion of a 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. (NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status).
- (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 provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.
- English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
- Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience: Board Certified or Board Eligible in Ophthalmology through the American Board of Ophthalmology.
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:?, This position requires light to moderate lifting (15-45 lbs); light carrying (15 lbs and under); reaching above shoulder; walking; bending; stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; mental stability; working closely with others and working alone.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
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 1927242.
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.