We know oncologists and hematologists are passionate about their subspecialty. Working at the National Oncology Program’s National TeleOncology (NTO) service provides you with a patient load where you spend quality time seeing patients in your subspecialty.

“It’s a really wonderful opportunity to hone your subspecialty,” said Carling Ursem, MD, Assistant Professor at the University California San Francisco and VA TeleOncologist specializing in gastrointestinal cancers. “In a lot of other places you might practice teleoncology, it can be hard to only see your specific subspecialty.”

NTO is looking for talented academic hematologists or oncologists who are licensed to practice in the United States to serve our nation’s heroes. In this position, you will:

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

“Thank you so much for being my doctor”

“I love working for VA because I feel like I am able to provide pure, evidence-based care that really benefits the patient,” said Soo Park, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of California at San Diego and VA TeleOncologist specializing in skin cancer. “I am not limited by insurance or peer reviews. I can give the patient the kind of care they need and not have to worry about fighting for the treatment plan.”

NTO provides a robust team for clinical support for patients in other locations, like nurses and care coordinators to help facilitate the best care possible. There is also a dedicated administrative team there to help you focus on what matters most – patient care.

“My patients are so thankful,” said Park. “When I hear that, you feel really committed to the task and it’s really rewarding. I just spoke to a patient the other day and he told me, ‘Thank you so much for being my doctor.’”

Position description

Cancer specialties VA is looking to fill include:

  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary
  • Thoracic
  • Head and neck
  • Benign hematology
  • Malignant hematology
  • Rare Cancers

Due to VA’s unique relationship with academic medicine institutions located near VA Medical Centers, a position with NTO aligns with a position at an academic medical center.

Benefits of working with VA

Working with NOP is rewarding. At VA, you’ll walk shoulder to shoulder 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, meaning 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 payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment.

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NOTE: Positions listed in this post were open at the time of publication. All current available positions are listed at USAJobs.gov.

By Courtney Franchio is a program manager with VA’s National Oncology Program

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Published on Jun. 15, 2022

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