Number of Positions Offered: 1
Alia F. Aunchman, MD
East Pavilion, Level 5
111 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401
The Junior Associate will serve as a junior faculty member within the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center (MC) Division of Acute Care Surgery (ACS). In this capacity, the Junior Associate will function as an attending, overseeing all aspects of care—operative and non-operative—of injured and acutely ill general surgery patients.
Upon entry into the Mastery in General Surgery Program, the Junior Associate will be in an observational status for the first four weeks which will include three clinical weeks with immediate oversight by the Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief and/or Senior Associates. The first week will be designated as rounding/admitting, the second week as inpatient operative, with direct observation for intake assessment, and the third week will include outpatient clinic. The Junior Associate will not be expected to take overnight call until after this initial month. Beyond the first transition month, the Junior Associate will have an available faculty member for support during all clinical duties. During this period, the Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief will closely observe the Junior Associate both directly and indirectly through communication with other ACS attendings. The following domains will be assessed: (1) judgment and decision making; (2) operative skills; and (3) communication.
At the completion of the initial observational period, the Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief will meet with the Associate to review assessment of the above three domains. This meeting will also involve discussion of the Associate’s overall practice plans and appropriate areas of focus. Based upon these plans, the Mastery in General Surgery Program year will be tailored to fit the Associate’s goals.
The Junior Associate will function as an independent practitioner at all times. However, there will be graduated oversight in the course of their Mastery in General Surgery Program year. All clinical experiences will be within the UVM MC. The Associate will serve as an integral member of the Acute Care Surgery Division with the Department of Surgery. This position will include several clinical opportunities to facilitate the development of a well-rounded surgeon. The academic year will include 40 weeks of clinical activity, eight weeks of flexible educational time, and four weeks of paid vacation. Clinical weeks will be split between the four responsibilities: (1) Trauma/EGS rounding and admitting, (2) designated inpatient operative, (3) outpatient clinic and elective general surgery, and (4) backup coverage. The educational time will allow further exposure to specialty general surgery or other areas of interest to the Junior Associate.
The Junior Associate will have a formal training session within the UVM MC regarding billing and collections. There will also be a medical liability educational meeting with the Director of Risk Management from the UVM MC. The Junior Associate will have direct support from the Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief and Senior Associates during the process of job interviews and contract negotiations. The Junior Associate will be expected carry out at least one quality improvement project during their Mastery in General Surgery Program year.
The Junior Associate will meet with the Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief on a monthly basis for advising and feedback. In addition, the Junior Associate will be expected to meet at least once monthly with a Senior Associate to review a morbidity, mortality, or difficult case or their choosing. The Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief will compile input from the Senior Associates and present this feedback to the Junior Associate as a final assessment
Edward C. Borrazzo, MD, FACS
Ajai K. Malhotra, MBBS, FACS