The mission of the Clinical and Reading Ophthalmologist is to serve the needs of America's Veterans by providing the highest quality care through clinical in-person exams at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Eye Clinic and through virtual eye clinics in the Technology-based Eye Care Services (TECS) program. The physician will be assigned to the Nashville VA Eye Clinic and is stationed at the Nashville VA or one of its CBOCs. This is a comprehensive staff ophthalmologist position that encompasses both in-person and virtual care that reports directly to the Chief of Ophthalmology at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. This individual will also be overseen by the Clinical Director of TECS regarding their TECS reading responsibilities. The clinical and reading ophthalmologist is responsible for in-person patient care, medical and surgical, per the discretion of the Chief of Ophthalmology, and provide screening/follow up care through the TECS program which includes: reading images per protocol, reading images in a timely fashion, and participating in national peer review. Duties may include, but are not limited to: Responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with medical and surgical diseases, accomplished through in-person clinic at the Nashville VA Eye Clinic or a satellite office, and perform medical ophthalmology virtually through the TECS program. Must actively participate in patient care and provide high quality care regardless of the method of eye care delivered. Responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with medical diseases, accomplished through ambulatory and bed-based resources assigned to Ophthalmology and Optometry. Must actively participate in patient care through hospital rounds, morning reports, conferences, consultations, participation in ambulatory care, assigned call duty, and other similar activities. Responsible for coordinating and providing ophthalmologic consultation throughout the medical center. Specifically for TECS, physician should provide the same quality care as if she/he were seeing the patient through an in-person exam. Must read TECS photographic sets in a timely fashion. Must follow TECS protocols and procedures. Must participate in national peer review. Responsible for coordinating and providing ophthalmologic consultation via TECS, and contact patients to help arrange follow up care and ancillary tests throughout the medical center. Work Schedule: 8:00AM - 4:30PM Monday - Friday This position is primary telework with travel required to main campuses and CBOCs twice a month (every 2 weeks) or as demand dictates. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 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 VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.
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.