West Texas VA Health Care System, Big Spring, Texasis currently recruiting for an Ophthalmologist to provide comprehensive ophthalmology services in our Big Spring, Texas facility. This candidate will join an Ophthalmology Department that currently consists of two comprehensive Ophthalmologist, three Ophthalmic Technicians, two Program Support Assistants, one Optician, two TTUCHSC ophthalmology residents (one PGY3 and one PGY4 at anygiven time) and one Administrative Officer that provide comprehensive 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 WTVAHCS Ophthalmology Department is well equipped and staffed and has recently upgraded its laser suite and operating room. The has a new Pascal multispot laser, Ellex Tango SLT/Yag laser, and integrated Optovue OCT imager. The operating room has a new Zeiss Lumera Operating microscope with binocular teaching and external Okegami camera, DVR, and sixty inch wall mounted monitors.
The Ophthalmology Department currently see 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. One of the comprehensive Ophthalmologists also performs basic oculoplastic surgery and an occasional glaucoma filtering procedure.
Both Ophthalmologists provide direct ophthalmology resident supervision and oversight I both the clinic and operative setting and the incoming ophthalmology candidate would be expected to do so also. Therefore, the ideal candidate will need to be 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 desired. The typical work week is predominantly outpatient clinicOR with no call after VA business hours. The current Ophthalmologists are working 40-50 hours a week on average.
In addition to providing comprehensive ophthalmological services and ophthalmology resident education, the incoming Ophthalmology candidate would also be expected to perform Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams when needed, occasional administrative duties as required, as well as to ensure compliancy with all local and national VA and Joint Commission policies. Our Ophthalmology service also works closely with optometrists both at the Big Spring facility and the clinically Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) in Abilene and Odessa and the incoming Ophthalmologist would also be responsible for providing guidance and support out Optometrists and overseeing consults to non-VA ophthalmology subspecialist when indicated and warranted.
A RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE MAYBE AUTHORIZED.
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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.
- 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).
- Proficiency in spoken and written English.
- Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience: See the "duties" section for experience detail.
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.
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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 1857989.
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.