VA’s National Oncology Program (NOP) is actively hiring oncologists for its National TeleOncology service (NTO).

Approximately 43,000 Veterans each year 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 main hub based in the Durham VA Medical Center (VAMC). VA cancer specialists around the country work through NTO from their local VAMC office, providing care virtually to a selected spoke site.

“TeleOncology care brings subspecialty care to Veterans where they are and doesn’t require them to travel,” said Dr. Pradeep Poonnen, a genitourinary oncologist at Durham VA Medical Center. “We bring that level of care to them.”

More than making a difference

Joining VA as a physician is a unique opportunity – in joining the largest integrated health care system in the nation, physicians have the chance to provide care that truly centers the physician-patient relationship.

“When I have a new patient appointment, I get to spend an hour with the Veteran. I get to hear their stories and their concerns and get to know their goals. Even though we’re not in the same room together, spending that much time with the Veteran establishes a connection. They walk away from the TeleOncology appointment knowing that I’m on their team,” said Dr. Mark Maddox, a medical oncologist specializing in cancers of the head, neck and lungs who is based out of Durham VA Medical Center.

A learning health care model

By working together and pushing forward with innovation through a learning health care model, NOP and NTO are driving excellence and improving outcomes for Veterans daily. Join a dedicated, specialized team of physicians standing shoulder to shoulder with our Nation’s Veterans and provide best-in-class cancer care virtually.

Position description

NOP is looking for academic oncologists or hematologists who are licensed to practice in the United States. 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.

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

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Published on Jun. 12, 2022

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