An opportunity exists for a full-time Pathologist at the Edward Hines Jr., IL VA Medical Center. Education and length of practice are considered through a formal pay-setting process to determine the final compensable salary (Base Pay + Market Pay) The Edward Hines Junior VA Hospital is seeking applications for a full time staff pathologist. Candidates must be board certified/eligible in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Board certification/eligibility and/or experience in hematopathology is preferred. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. 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 Pathologist Statement of Work Mostly working in hospitals and medical centers, pathologists use laboratory tools to run tests to check specimens for the presence of disease and also perform research work. Although they do not treat patients directly, they assist physicians with diagnoses and treatment plans. In addition to analytical and research skills, this career requires extensive education to become a licensed medical doctor with specialized training in pathology. A pathologist's day-to-day duties may include the following: Analyze and Test Samples: Using microscopes and other testing tools, pathologists analyze samples of blood, urine, tissue and other bodily specimens and run tests. They use their understanding of diseases to look for abnormalities in samples that could indicate the patient has a blood disorder, cancer, or other condition. Ensure Accurate Test Results: To assure accuracy, pathologists work with medical technologists to calibrate testing equipment to ensure it performs within standards. When running tests, they also use checklists, medical software, and retests to get thorough and precise results. Diagnose Diseases: Using information gathered through tests and analyses, pathologists determine the most likely disease diagnosis and communicate this to the patient's physician. They may also suggest potential treatment options. Write Reports: Using electronic medical record software, pathologists write thorough pathology reports describing the specimens tested, results of all tests and the diagnosis. Perform Research: Pathologists conduct regular research to stay current with ways to identify and treat diseases. They can use their findings to make new tests and develop treatment options. Pathologist skills and qualifications include the following: Specimen analysis - Pathologists properly use lab equipment to look at samples and perform tests to accurately analyze bodily fluids and tissue specimens. Familiarity with diseases - Pathologists have a thorough understanding of diseases within their specialty and how they present themselves in the body. Research skills - Pathologists improve testing methods and find new treatments by performing research using electronic databases and medical literature allows. Attention to detail - Pathologists need attention to detail to avoid mixing up samples or performing incorrect calculations to give accurate test results and diagnoses, Communication skills - Pathologists have strong oral and written communication skills to convey their findings clearly to physicians and write detailed technical/medical reports Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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