The Staff Physician-Cardiologist reports administratively and clinically to the Chief of Medicine Service located at the Health Care Center at Harlingen, Texas. The Cardiologist is responsible for providing all aspects of Cardiology care in an outpatient setting to a diverse Veteran population. Cardiologists are able to perform and teach all of the services required in the practice of cardiology to medicine residents. Educational experiences are also provided to appropriate health care personnel who seek training in cardiology services (e.g. medical students, physician assistant and nursing students). Major duties include: Application of accepted protocols for assessment of the individual presenting with altered cardiology status. Assessment may include gathering verbal and documented history, physical status examination and medical and laboratory evaluation. Diagnostic description or formulation to guide appropriate acute and secondary treatment interventions. Provision of cardiac care according to his/her privileges. Responsibilities of the Cardiologist Staff Cardiologists are ultimately responsible for all aspects of Cardiology care. Staff cardiologists provide or assist residents and/or the nurse practitioner in the process of evaluation and treatment of the cardiology patients. Staff cardiologists evaluate the patient to assess changes in the physical and mental status. A progress note is written in the patient's chart. Notes also include the concurrence with notes written by the resident, and attending notes as appropriate. Staff cardiologists perform inpatient cardiology consultation reviews, and outpatient cardiology evaluations and treatment. Staff cardiologists are appropriately credentialed and privileged. They participate in various hospital committees, departmental and hospital in-service programs, and education programs of the department and the hospital. They are also involved in continuous quality improvement through peer review process. Staff cardiologists shall be responsible for outpatient care, and graduate and undergraduate medical education, and scientific research as appropriate. Other duties as assigned. Below are some of the benefits enjoyed by Physicians who work for the VA! Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: 49-54 days paid time off per year (26 days annual leave, 13 days' sick leave, 10 federal holidays). 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 stipend + possible 1 week paid authorized absence to attend. Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided. Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting. Take a look at VA's Top 20 Reasons Doctors Enjoy Working at VA NOTE: This announcement will remain open until filled. Applications will be checked weekly or at the request of management. Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.