Recruitment in progress: oncologists for the VA national teleoncology service

VA’s National Oncology Program (NOP) is actively recruiting oncologists for its National Tele-Oncology Service (NTO).

Each year, approximately 43,000 veterans are diagnosed with cancer. To help reach these veterans with the high-quality care they deserve, VA uses a “hub-and-spoke” model for teleoncology, with the primary hub based at Durham VA Medical Center (VAMC). VA cancer specialists across the country work through NTO from their local VAMC office, delivering care virtually to a selected satellite site.

“Tele-oncology care brings subspecialty care to veterans where they are and doesn’t require them to travel,” said Dr. Pradeep Poonnen, genitourinary oncologist at Durham VA Medical Center. “We give them that level of care.”

More than make a difference

Joining VA as a physician is a unique opportunity – by joining the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system, physicians have the opportunity to provide care that truly centers the doctor-patient relationship.

“When I have a new appointment with a patient, I can spend an hour with the veteran. I can hear their stories and concerns and get to know their goals. Even though we’re not in the same room, spending so much time with the veteran connects. They leave the teleoncology appointment knowing that I am part of their team,” said Dr. Mark Maddox, a medical oncologist specializing in head, neck and lung cancer based at Durham VA Medical Center.

A learning model of health care

By working together and driving innovation forward through a learning healthcare model, NOP and NTO drive excellence and improve outcomes for veterans every day. Join a team of dedicated and expert doctors, alongside our country’s veterans, and provide the best cancer care virtually.

Job Description

NOP is seeking academic oncologists or hematologists licensed to practice in the United States. In this position, you will:

  • Promote, direct, evaluate and oversee the management of the delivery of high quality patient care;
  • Provide hematology/oncology care via telehealth;
  • Join heroes serving heroes at the nation’s largest integrated cancer care provider.

Cancer specialties that VA seeks to fill include:

  • gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary
  • Thoracic
  • head and neck
  • Benign hematology
  • Malignant hematology
  • Rare cancers

Benefits of working with VA

Working with NOP is rewarding. At VA, you’ll walk side-by-side with veterans on every step of their cancer journey. Working in oncology at VA also means you will have:

  • Generous paid time off and work-life balance;
  • Manageable patient loads and clinical expectations, which means extended time with patients for true patient-centered care;
  • Expanded opportunities to advance your interests in clinical research.

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan repayment program. You must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of your appointment.

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