The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Medical Service, Shreveport, LA, has an immediate opening for a full-time Physician (Hematologist/Oncologist). This announcement reflects a closing date of December 31, 2021. We will accept application packets on an on-going basis; however, qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official at two-week intervals. The first referral will be two weeks from the opening date of the announcement. If the vacancy is filled prior to the current closing date, the announcement will be closed. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Major Duties/Responsibilities: The physician should demonstrate the ability to work well with a large, diverse and dedicated patient care staff. The position includes a faculty appointment at the affiliated Louisiana State University Health and Science Center commensurate with qualifications. Duties will include clinical practice, and teaching Hematology/Oncology (Hem/Onc) fellows, residents and medical students. Other responsibilities include but not limited to: The Hem/Onc Provider shall cooperate with, and participate in, medical duties or functions related to quality of care and peer review along with improvement/performance improvement activities at the direction of the Chief of Medical Service and Chief of Hematology/Oncology Section. Promotes, directs, evaluates and is responsible for the management of safe patient care for oncology and hematology patients. Obtain a comprehensive (or otherwise appropriate) health history and perform a physical examination on all patients who present to the Oncology/Hematology clinic or other assigned clinical area. Orders diagnostic studies and interprets laboratory tests, EKG, and radiology diagnostic tests (CXR, CT Scan, MRl). Interpret the history and physical, order laboratory tests, radiographic studies, ancillary tests and requested consultations required to further evaluate the patient and arrive at a diagnosis. Make sound clinical judgments based on clinical assessments and formulate an individual treatment plan based on the patient's needs. Collaborate and consult with other providers for confirmation of diagnosis and treatment plan in complex or unstable patient care situations. Refer recognized medical problems beyond the scope of the physician to appropriate specialty service for definitive diagnosis and treatment. Document procedures, interval progress notes and initial history and physical examination for the permanent chart. Recommend therapy measures regarding physical, social and environmental factors. Perform health promotion and illness prevention counseling utilizing patient education, self-care and risk reduction strategies. Coordinate Oncology care between numerous hospital services including General Surgery, ENT, Urology, Liver Clinic, Women's Clinic and Palliative Care. Work with nursing, social work, psychologists, pharmacists and Mental Health providers who will be available to see patients and for consultation. Initiates and expedites requests for consultations and scheduling special tests and studies. Review all requests for Non-VA Care for Hematology and Oncology. Prescribes and refills medications within the defined scope of practice. Provide education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs. Evaluate patients who are receiving IV infusions and work with clinic nurses to monitor patients closely. Workload will vary depending on the number of consults referred to the clinic and the number of patients requiring close follow up. The provider will also work in collaboration with the pharmacy to review prescriptions for patients with oversight from the Oncology/Hematology Physician. Responsible for typing the appropriate documentation of initial visit, follow-up visits, procedures performed, problem lists, procedure lists, and making interim summaries in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). He/she must be computer literate. Oversee midlevel provider. Quality of care should be able to meet professional standards at all times. All providers will work within their privileges at all times, unless necessitated by an emergency. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
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