The Ophthalmology/Optometry (Eye) Section Chief, as a staff ophthalmologist, is responsible for the care of patients with disorders of the visual system in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. As Section Chief, the Eye Section Chief is also responsible for the administrative duties related to the successful operation of the Ophthalmology and Optometry service lines. This position is considered a leadership position Duties included but not limited to: The Eye Section Chief also functions as a coordinator between the other attending physicians and other team members and will establish and maintain relations and, when indicated, service agreements with other key services to include (but not limited to): Surgery and Medicine Services, Primary Care, Prosthetics, Nursing, Social Work, and Radiology. The Eye Section Chief is also responsible for coordinating the rotating University of Virginia Residents and relevant staff, to fulfill the needs of the Eye Service and their patients within the guidelines established by the ACGME. Functions or Scope of Assigned Duties: The Eye Section manages a broad range of disease states in patients with both non-operative as well as surgical treatment options. These patients often have severe concomitant medical problems, mental health and chronic pain issues and are multi-symptomatic. This intense interaction requires that the ophthalmologist and optometrist make and implement sound and reasonable decisions and demonstrate above average personal and team performance/cooperation. Relentless attention to detail and unmitigated integrity is required. The ophthalmologists and optometrists in the Section develop and coordinate patient care programs based upon the patient complaint(s) and pathology and performs, as a minimum, the following duties: Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and treat disorders of visual system. Inpatient and Outpatient Clinic consultation and follow-up, admission History and Physicals, preoperative evaluations, surgery posting notes, orders, operative notes and reports, progress notes, and discharge planning and summaries. Assume primary responsibility for admissions and patients under their care. These activities may be supervised and coordinated with residents/midlevels/students if they are present on service. Develop and provide medical education/counseling of patients and their families with a focus on delivery of evidence based, outcomes focused, veteran centric care. This includes addressing goals of care and code status, as indicated. Promote contemporary patient care programs for eye clinic and surgery patients and periodically review and update them based upon current and/or new, broadly accepted concepts. In addition to the above, the Eye Section Chief must: Lead the integration of the activities of the Eye Section with other patient care programs at the facility. Participate in long range planning and model development for effective delivery of Eye care. Ensure consult triage and clinic access meets standards established by the Group Practice Manager, National Surgery Office, and VHA. Maintain accountability for performance, behavior and training of all members in the Section, including on-time completion of annual performance evaluations. Supervisory Controls: The Eye Section Chief is under the direct supervision of the Chief of Surgery and the performance appraisal is conducted by the Chief of Surgery. Expectations are established and performance is reviewed and summarized along annual executive career field (ECF) performance appraisal guidelines developed by the Chief of Surgery and outlined at the beginning of and again in the middle of each fiscal year. Customer Services: The Ophthalmologist Section Chief meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (Veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. The Ophthalmologist Section Chief provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflicts and problems dealing with all customers, internal and external, constructively and appropriately. Age, Development, & Cultural Needs of Patients: 1. Provides services appropriate to the age of the patients being serves, and which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional and chronological maturation of the patient. 2. Assesses data reflective of the patient's status and interprets the information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide care needed described in the services' policies and procedures. 3. Takes in consideration age-related differences of the various veteran populations within this institution. 4. Demonstrate knowledge of the changes associated with aging and possesses the ability to provide support based upon age-related factors. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 08:00AM- 4:30PM; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/medical center. Relocation incentive: Not authorized Recruitment incentive: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station-(PCS): Not authorized Education Debt Reduction Program-(EDRP): Not Authorized 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.