VA Academic Staff Anesthesiologist and Critical Care Physician

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    Denver, CO
  • Preferred Specialty
    Anesthesiology, Critical Care
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    Competitive salary + annual performance bonus of up to $15,000 + guaranteed salary increases Full benefits (see below) Licensure: 1 Full and unrestricted license from any US State is permissible to work at this facility CME: $1,000 per year stipend for reimbursement + 1 week paid authorized absence to attend Malpractice: Liability protection with tail coverage provided No Physician Employment Contract! You’ll find the VA has a lot to offer, including the unmatched satisfaction you’ll get from caring for those who have served our country. In addition to competitive pay and liability protection, the VA also offers a robust benefits plan that includes: Paid Time Off: 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave–you can carry over up to 86 days into a new year 13 Days paid sick leave available for valid use. At end of career, unused sick leave can be used to extend creditable service for retired pay purposes! 10 Federal holidays with pay 5 Days paid Authorized Absence to attend CME Insurance: Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Dental & Vision Insurance: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care fir expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government Long-term care insurance is available as an option Federal Retirement Plan: VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-FRAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan How is the pension funded? VA employees hired after January 1, 2014 automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employee’s salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee’s salary Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2015,employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $18,000,while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $24,000 The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel Disability Retirement Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years’ s
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The Intensivist Anesthesiologist of Anesthesiology service independently provides clinical anesthesia and critical care services to eligible veterans for both inpatients and outpatients. Services are provided at the Denver Medical Center, Eastern Colorado Health Care System located in Denver, CO.

The incumbent is required to:

* Interact not only with the veteran, but also family, significant others, community agencies, and other staff.

* Assists the Chief, Anesthesiology Service in carrying out the mission of the Service.

* Administers anesthesia and critical care alone or supervises physician’s in-training (residents) or certified registered nurse anesthetists.

* Examines the patient before and after anesthesia, writes pre- and post-anesthesia orders, and confirms that the patient is ready for anesthesia before induction.

* Manages the anesthetic period, and follows patients as long as is appropriate in the post-anesthesia period.

* In the Intensive Care Unit, he/she works closely with the other components of the care team including, but not limited to, surgeons, nurses, house staff, physical therapy, social workers.

* The attending anesthesiologist may be required to perform services in the operating room, in radiology, and in some special procedure areas.


Since attending anesthesiologists in the service are also faculty members of the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, they are expected to contribute to the teaching needs of the Department of Anesthesiology. This may include, but is not limited to, preparing and delivering lectures, service as a preceptor, and providing one-on-one
instruction. Attending anesthesiologists as faculty members are also expected to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the specialty by way of clinical and/or laboratory

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