This Staff Pathologist position reports to the Chief of Pathology & Laboratory Service of the Montana VA Health Care System in Fort Harrison, MT. Competency is required in all areas of pathology while collaborating with physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care personnel providing supportive or clinical services in the various patient care areas where laboratory services are requisitioned. Formulates and reports diagnostic information on various anatomic pathology specimens to include surgical pathology, cytopathology and autopsy pathology. Formulates and reports diagnostic information on hematopathology specimens and tests to include peripheral smears, bone marrow and lymph node biopsies. Provides intraoperative and intraprocedural consultation as requested, including processing and interpretation of frozen sections. Evaluates and processes gross surgical pathology specimens. Interprets surgical pathology and cytology specimens within JACHO guidelines for turn-around time. Orders appropriate immuno-histochemical and special stains, as needed. Performs autopsies as needed. Performs fine needle aspiration of palpable masses. Interprets peripheral blood smears, bone marrow biopsies and lymph node biopsies in conjunction with clinical laboratory, flow cytometry, and cytogenetic data. Participates in designated` mandated quality assurance activities and completes required continuing medical education. Participates in multidisciplinary conferences such as Tumor Board and Morbidity and Mortality Conferences. Ensures that performance of duties complies with CAP, JCAHO, and other applicable regulatory standards. Follows safety and infection control regulations. Teaches Laboratory Personnel and other healthcare personnel who seek training within the field of pathology. Supports the mission of the VAHCS. Provides concise and timely anatomic pathology reports; when necessary, knows when to obtain outside expert consultation. Performs gross and microscopic examination with diagnosis of surgical specimens received from Ft. Harrison operating room, outpatient surgical service, and outpatient clinic, and all other MT VA Healthcare outpatient clinics (CBOC's). Provides intraoperative and frozen section consultation for Ft. Harrison operating room cases when requested. Performs indicated autopsies, providing gross and microscopic examination with preliminary and final anatomic diagnoses for cases performed. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized (Relocation Assistance): Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Not Authorized Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) 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 reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: Full time, Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm
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