The Gynecologist-physician is assigned to Primary Care Services at the VA St. Louis Health Care System (VASTLHCS). The Gynecologist-physician provides comprehensive care for patients who have illnesses within the scope of Gynecology services as required by ABOG board certification. This includes the clinical outpatient ambulatory setting with the intent to assist with expanding the gynecologic surgical services provided at VASTLHCS. Responsibilities and duties of this position include but are not limited to: Physician will provide duties required to evaluate new patients, consults, and follow-up in the outpatient clinic setting and telehealth clinic. Abnormal cervical cytology evaluation and treatment including Colposcopy with or without cervical biopsy. Amenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, menorrhagia, and abnormal uterine bleeding with evaluation, treatment, and management. Care of benign gynecologic conditions Evaluate, diagnose, and treat conditions related to the female reproductive system to include incontinence and family planning. Contraception counseling with medical comorbidities and management including insertion/placement/removal of IUD and LARC and pessary management. Care of the disorders of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries with evaluation, treatment, and management. Initiate or oversee external referrals for inpatient and subspecialty care, including major and minor operative procedures requiring sedation/anesthesia and infertility, oncology, female pelvic medicine/reconstructive surgery, and others to ensure patient preferences are met by appropriately credentialed clinicians. Oversee external referral for women eligible for care in the community who prefer to have gynecologic conditions managed by outside clinicians to ensure patient needs and preferences are met by appropriately credentialed clinicians. Establish professional working relationships with clinical service providers within the medical center and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Process all administrative duties relevant to patient care, particularly CPRS documentation, the Joint Commission, VHA, and the medical center's policies and guidelines Coordinate activities of other health care service staff, resolve concerns affecting patient care, and provide appropriate education for the patient and/or family members regarding the patient's care, illness, possible outcomes and case management. Cultivate health team relationships by resolving conflict, supporting all staff on the team and observing the medical center's policies and procedures. Participate on committees and workgroups to assess, maintain, and improve the medical center's compliance with local, VISN, and national standards and guidelines for the care of women veterans. Participate in quality assurance programs, assist our facility to meet established performance measures, and such other duties as assigned by the Chief of Primary Care. May be assigned other duties including representing the Section of Gynecology on committees and panels. Maintain VA training requirements, with upkeep of credentials, state license and DEA registration as required. Required to participate in the education of medical students and residents. Provide leadership and coordinate activities of other health care service staff, resolve concerns affecting patient care, and provide appropriate education for the patient and/ or family members regarding the patient's care, illness, and its management
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.