1+ months

Chief of Emergency Medicine

Department of Veterans Affairs
Durham, NC
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The Durham, NC VA Medical Center is currently seeking a Physician leader to serve as Chief of Emergency Medicine. The ideal candidate  must be board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and be eligible for faculty appointment in the Emergency Department of the Duke Univerisity School of Medicine.  Additionally the candidate should demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of the ED systems and its regulations

  • Knowledge of resources management and quality improvement processes,

  • Management experience with strong administrative and interpersonal skills

  • Skill in providing clinical interface with academic affiliates and other key stakeholders

  • Research and teaching experience to further ongoing ED activities alongside academic affiliates

Primary Responsibilities Include:   

  • Provide administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership to a staff of around 25 direct reports

  • Recruiting and retaining well qualified ED physicians as well as a pool of moonlighters to provide night/weekend and holiday to ensure adequate coverage

  • Serve as ED liaison with hospital administration and medical staff; managing the relationships with relevant departments at the Durham VA's academic affiliate; and fostering a vibrant teaching program for rotating residents and medical students

Durham VA Medical Center:

The Durham VA Medical Center is a 251-bed tertiary care referral, teaching and research facility affiliated with Duke University School of Medicine. Durham provides general and specialty medical, surgical, psychiatric inpatient and ambulatory services, and serves as a major referral center for North Carolina, southern Virginia, northern South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee. Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) are located in Greenville, NC, Morehead City, NC, and Raleigh, NC. The medical center is a regional center for radiation therapy, neurological disorders, therapeutic endoscopy, and other special procedures. In addition, it serves as a referral center for high-risk open-heart surgery cases, angioplasty, and hemodynamic cardiac catheterization. The 100-bed Community Living Center is reflective of an ongoing emphasis on wellness, preservation of functions, and rehabilitation. Special programs at Durham include a comprehensive Womens Health Center; a Home Based Primary Care program; a Telemedicine Home Care program; a Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center; the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care; the VISN 6 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, and the Epidemiology Research and Information Center.  Durham also serves as the support facility for the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Performance Assessment Center for Excellence, and the Employee Education Service. 

Compensation is commensurate with education, training and experience.  Compensation formula includes base salary and market rate. In addition there is an annual incentive bonus based on quality and service measures such as patient satisfaction and performance appraisal.  VA employees also enjoy a robust Federal benefit package that includes medical, retirement, dental, vision, malpractice insurance, flexible spending accounts, long term care insurance 26 paid vacation days, 13 paid sick days, and 10 paid holidays.


  • Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA)

  • Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)

  • 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 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 2017, 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' service

Community Information:

Raleigh/Durham, NC, is consistently ranked one of the best places in the US to live, work, and retire. Known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries, this area is luring nearly 80 new residents a day with strong job growth and a high quality of life. 

Many people who call the Raleigh and Durham metro areas home are young, friendly, diverse and educated. This metro boasts a population of around 1.8 million while encompassing beautiful green spaces, and many lakes and outdoor recreational sites.  With mild weather, friendly people, and access to some of the best education and healthcare in the country, citizens enjoy a high quality of life. We have a diverse community from artists to scientists and from many cultures and races. Raleigh/Durham has a unique combination of a growing economy, high quality of life, low cost of living, and a community that is physically active, mentally engaged, and completely welcoming.

For immediate consideration please send your CV to Keith Liles, National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant.

Keith Liles
VA National Recruiter (NC, VA)


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