Emergency Medicine Physician (Emergency Department)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 5/07/2019
Description This position will remain posted continuously for 1 year, with cut-offs every two weeks until a selection is made beginning May 7, 2019.

Candidates with fellowship training and/or certification in Emergency Ultrasound could be eligible for promotion to Tier 2 Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Program Director.


VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) operates a sixteen-bed, Level 1 Emergency Department (ED), with daily Advanced Practice coverage, which provides 24/7 care for over 22,000 annual visits by our veteran patients with medical and psychological healthcare issues. The ED has 24 hour access to a cardiac catheterization lab for patients with ACS, and is also a limited hours stroke facility with IV thrombolysis for eligible patients. ED Physicians report to the Chief of the Emergency Department. ED staff work directly with the ED nursing, administrative staff, social workers, and the Business Manager Administrative Officer. Additional duties include compliance with all medical center policies and procedures, participation on medical center committees, annual performance evaluations, and setting the course for long-term development of the ED. This existing opportunity is open to Emergency Physicians who seek a highly fulfilling career while providing care to the military veterans of our Armed Services.

As an Emergency Department Physician you will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Assess all patients who present to the Emergency Department for unscheduled care 24 hours a day, 7days a week and perform a history and physical examination and render stabilizing treatment for all patients.
  • Coordinate patient treatment plan (involve specialists as appropriate.
  • Order appropriate routine diagnostic tests and x-ray studies necessary to complete the evaluation.
  • Provide physician oversight to ED nurses and other ED advanced practice providers..
  • Participate in quality assurance programs and chart reviews.
  • Participate on committees of the Medical staff.
  • Attend physician meetings as well as ED staff meetings.
  • Recommend patients for hospital admissions.
Work Schedule: Full Time
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
EDRP: Eligible (refer to education section)

Physical Requirements: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties of Physician under normal and emergent conditions. Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices, heavy carrying of 15-44 lbs and over with assistive devices; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking or standing up to 4 hours per day; repeated bending up to 1-2 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hearing aid permitted.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Tier 2 Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Program DirectorTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/06/2020.
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.
  • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience: Previous Emergency Medicine experience, and Board Certification.

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.

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