Physician - Nuclear Medicine Section Chief Radiologist
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: East Orange, New Jersey
Internal Number: 690969200
Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay). This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. 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. 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 visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment ["Provides routine and emergent reading, interpretation and submission of nuclear medicine and radiology reports as required, for both outpatient and inpatient settings at the VANJHCS. Ensures high quality imaging and a high level of collaborative clinical care as well as compliance with the standards of accrediting bodies such as the American College of Radiology, Joint Commission and the Inspector General's Combined Assessment Program. Will primarily serve as a Nuclear Radiology Section Chief in the Imaging Service, performing all radiopharmaceutical therapies and interpreting a wide range of nuclear medicine and general diagnostic radiology studies, more specifically, general nuclear medicine using SPECT and PET/CT imaging, as well as, nuclear cardiology. - Supervises the nuclear imaging laboratory, with responsibility for establishing and reviewing imaging procedural protocols. - Establishes and enforces radiation protection standards for patients and staff. - Verifies that medical activities or operations meet standards for proper execution of various regulatory agencies. - Directs nuclear medicine technologists or technicians regarding desired dosages, techniques, positions, policies, protocols and projections. - Prescribes radionuclides and dosages to be administered to individual patients. - Monitors and maintains quality control of radionuclide preparation, administration, or disposition ensuring that activities comply with applicable regulations and standards. - Advises Management on the selection of nuclear medicine personnel, supplies and equipment. - Monitors the handling of hazardous materials or medical wastes. - Monitors handling of radioactive materials to ensure that established procedures are followed - Advises other physicians of the clinical indications, limitations, assessments, or risks of diagnostic and therapeutic applications of radioactive materials. - Administers radioisotopes to clinical patients or research subjects. - Directs the safe management and disposal of radioactive substances. - Monitors cleanup of radioactive spills to ensure that proper procedures are followed and that decontamination activities are conducted. - Ensures the testing of dosage evaluation instruments and surveys meters for proper operation. - Responsible for the continuing education of the technical staff as well as performance improvement of the care and services provided by Nuclear Medicine Radiology Services. - Assists in orientation of new employees to the functions of the Service, radiation safety and infection control. Responsible for providing Imaging procedures in the Nuclear Medicine Section of the Imaging Service at the VA New Jersey Health Care System. Provides routine and emergent reading, interpretation and submission of radiology reports as required, for both outpatient and inpatient settings at the VANJHCS. Ensures high quality imaging and a high level of collaborative clinical care as well as compliance with the standards of accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission and the Inspector General's Combined Assessment Program. Will primarily serve as a Nuclear Radiology Section Chief in the Imaging Service, performing all radiopharmaceutical therapies and interpreting the entire range of diagnostic radiology studies, including single-photon and positron-emitter radiopharmaceutical distributions obtained with planar and tomographic techniques and, when appropriate, hybrid tomographic data including co-registered anatomic (CT) and radiotracer (PET or SPECT) images, including nuclear cardiology stress tests VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off 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) 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 (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am through 430pm plus potential call"]
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