The Chief , Radiology Serviceis responsible for the overall leadership of the service and ensures the quality of medical services provided, the education and training of professional staff, and the safety and ethical conduct of employees assigned to the service line. The incumbent serves as the primary point of accountability in the service and maximizes the efficient use of available resources. In order to accomplish this, the Associate Chief of Staff for Medicine and Speciality Service is involved in providing the framework for planning, directing, coordinating, providing and improving the health care services that are responsive to community patient needs and that improve patient health outcomes within the service. The position requires knowledge and understanding of safety, imaging procedures, relevant accreditation standards including those of Joint Commission, College of American Radiologists, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The position requires the ability to effectively work with the Medical Staff and the administrative staff to insure appropriate services are available when needed.
The Chief, Radiology Service will provide diagnosis and interpretation for radiology exams which are performed in Diagnostic Services. The incumbent will coordinate/make work assignments as needed to improve and optimize patient care exam results. The Chief, Radiology will consult with technologists on questions regarding exams performed within the service. The incumbent will also serve as a primary or secondary supervisor for the department, supervising technologists andadministrative personnel of the Service and ensure that all Medical Center performance measures and all regulatory standards are met with any supporting documentation required. Expertise in interpreting MRI studies is preferred. Although this service is not currently offered at the TVAMC, the addition of this modality may take place in the future. The ability to interpret Echocardiograms would also be considered a desired skill. Theincumbent is accountable for the assessment of the imaging portion of the health care delivery at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center as well as maintaining an overall plan for the delivery of services to patients consistent with the policies and guidelines of the Veterans' Health Administration. The incumbent will also collaborate with the Chief of Staff to develop and execute a strategic plan and annual budget for the Imaging Service. The incumbent serves as a key clinical resource related to diagnostic imaging for the Medical Center Director and the Chief of Staff. The role of this position is to provide patient care approximately 80% of the time and administrative duties 20% of the time.
The selected Radiologist's scope of practice includes but is not limited to:
* Interprets general radiology examinations (plain film, CT, US, MRI, DEXA) as provided.
* Performs fluoroscopic examinations (contrast and non-contrast) with the assistance of a licensed Technologist.
* Assists providers in performance of specialized examinations when requested.
* Interprets CT and MRI examinations of the head, neck, body, spine, and some extremities.
* Interprets ultrasound examinations of the internal organs, thyroid, scrotum, etc.
* Interprets duplex carotid studies as provided by Doppler ultrasound examination.
* Participates in Quality Management activities such as image quality, clerical checks, peer review and other activities as required.
* Periodically reviews imaging policy and procedures and recommends updates/changes to the ACOS for Specialty
Care for implementation and support the coordination of the services daily functioning as needed.
* Serves as the radiation safety officer for the medical center
* Other duties of the Chief Radiology will include membership on several Medical center committees and other activities assigned by the Management of the Medical Center.
The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics and attributes:
Administrative and clinical experience
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
Proven leadership skills
Embraces and initiates newclinical programs and technologies
Effective management and operations experience
Has a vision for the future
Advocates for clinical research
Interested in the pursuit of excellence
Degree of doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, or an equivalent degree.
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 a residency or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
Proficiency in written and spoken English
Must meet physical standards of the position described in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. A pre-employment physical examination may be required.
This is a drug testing designated position. Employees in drug testing designated positions will be subject to random drug testing.
References : VA Handbook 5005/, Part II, Appendix G2, Physician Qualification Standard, dated April 2002; VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services
Preferred experience: Board certification in diagnostic radiology
Conditions of Employment:
Applicants must be citizens of the United States
New appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law
Newly employed federal employees may be subject to a two year probationary period.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
CV or Resume
Letter or Memo of Interest
VA Form 10-2850, Application for Physicians, etc
OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment
Veterans Documentation (if applicable)
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable)