The Birmingham, Alabama VA Medical Center is searching for a Board Certified Surgeon to assume the role as the ACOS for Surgical Services.
The Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Surgical Services will function as the primary advisor to the Chief of Staff and Medical Center Director on surgical programs at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. In this capacity, the ACOS has responsibility for the effective and efficient management of surgical programs and services.
The ACOS will oversee the clinical aspects of the Surgical Service department, including budget and fiscal management, human resources management, strategic planning, and program development, assuring that the clinical and administrative functions are integrated in order to provide optimum utilization of the available resources.
The ACOS will be responsible for the overall care of patients with conditions requiring treatment in Surgical Service to include consultative, prescriptive and ordering authority in the outpatient setting. The ACOS exercises administrative, programmatic, clinical and academic oversight of surgical care programs to ensure delivery of quality service.
The selectee has direct responsibility and accountability for the operations of Orthopedics, Otolaryngology/ENT, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Neurosurgery, Podiatry, Optometry, Ophthalmology, Cardio-thoracic, Renal Transplant, and other surgical programs.
The VAMC in Birmingham is a 131 bed tertiary care academic medical center. Many staff have faculty appointments with ample opportunity to teach medical students and residents through a primary affiliation with the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
The ACOS accomplishes the health care delivery mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs in general. Services provided are subject to close scrutiny by Congressional interests, service organizations, the general public and the media. The ACOS is to be a physician, board certified or board eligible in her/her specialty, having completed an appropriate residency or fellowship. Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support is required. Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification is recommended.
As ACOS, your duties will include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Assume the responsibility for the overall management of the Surgical Service. This includes the organization of the administrative day-to-day activities of the Surgery department.
2. Ensure the service functions as an integrated care delivery system, providing full continuum of patient-focused Surgical services for Veterans.
3. Coordinate and integrate the interdepartmental functions of surgical service. This includes chairing relevant meetings. Emphasize, and personally model, clear, compassionate, careful communication with other care lines and auxiliary services.
1. Interpretation of the testing and other specialty imaging to establish diagnosis and assist in management of conditions in respective specialty.
2. Act as the consultant for patients referred to him/her for input regarding opinion or intervention in respective specialty.
3. Complete medical records and ensure subordinates complete medical records within a timely fashion and accordance with current VA guidance.
Quality of Care:
1. Provide quality clinical care and service with regard to customer satisfaction, compliance with Joint Commission regulations and other relevant accrediting agencies as indicated, and ensure efficiency of service delivery.
1. Represent the organization, internally and externally, in a manner that reflects positively on the Health Care System and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Board certified in his/her specialty and have leadership experience with large, high-complexity group practice management. Previous VHA experience is preferred. Preferred characteristics identified are based on specialty training and knowledge needed based on the location and function of the assignment.
Academic appointment is available with the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB).
Work Hours: 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
Salary Range: Up to $400,000 per year
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is available for this position
Citizenship: U.S Citizenship is required (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
Education: Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine
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
English Language Proficiency: Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English