Desert Regional Medical Center (Level II/Southern CA) Posted May 25, 2021

Palm Springs, CA

Trauma Surgeon/Surgical Intensivist

Position Details: Employed position with Desert Trauma Surgeons, Inc. a private practice group that contracts with Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Palm Springs, CA. The group is a shared Trauma/ICU/ACS/General Surgery practice comprised of 14 surgeons, a fully staffed NP/APP service, ACGME Surgical Critical Care fellows and ER residents from DRMC and Eisenhower Medical Center. DRMC is a County Level II with an upcoming ACS site visit this December (plans to obtain Level I Accreditation and a General Surgery residency in 2023). DRMC participates in the Riverside County Trauma System - catchment includes two countries, three states and is the fourth largest county in CA. Projected 4500 trauma evaluations/annually (10% penetrating, 90% blunt - high volume blunt operative trauma). ACS volume is complementary - approximately 1000 acute care surgery evaluations/annually (~50% operative) and ICU volume ~ 500/annually (trauma/SICU, Cardiac-ICU, MICU, Neuro-ICU). Modernized ED and trauma infrastructure (whole blood, TEG, REBOA, rib plating program, robotics, full range of surgical subspecialists, etc.). General surgery private practice variable based on ED volume. Service is busy but with a lot of help (average census 40-60 patients/day), staffing model is two surgeons day/night (plus mid-levels/residents) and backup coverage (attending/fellow/resident). Work requirements are 16 twelve-hour shifts/month, with opportunity for additional shifts/overtime pay if desired. The group just expanded trauma/ACS services to JFK Memorial Medical center in Indio, CA to establish a Level IV trauma program (surgeons cover both sites).

Compensation Package: 75th percentile MGMA salary (negotiable depending on experience and credentials), stipend for professional development, benefits and retirement plan (if desired).

Lifestyle: Southern California lifestyle at its best. Largely regarded as a resort and vacation getaway location for retirees, snowbirds, Hollywood stars and politicians, Palm Springs is no longer a posh getaway but is now home to many young professionals who are working in remote environments post-COVID. The ideal mix for families and young alike, Palm Springs has many local recreational activities (hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, numerous parks and museums) as well as annual attractions/festivals – Coachella, Stagecoach, Indian Wells BNP Paribas and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Palm Springs is also home to multiple boutique hotels and world-renown resorts, and is regarded by some to be the golf capital of the world. For families, Palm Springs offers affordable living, excellent schools (private/public) and the optimal work-life balance with two weeks on, two weeks off schedule. Some of our surgeons live in the area but many of our surgeons commute from outside of Palm Springs (Orange County, Redlands, San Diego).

Applicant Requirements: MD or DO and must be certified by the American Board of Surgery. The ideal candidate will be Board-Certified in Surgical Critical Care and trained/worked in a Level I urban center. We are looking for candidates who are highly motivated, have excellent communication skills and are goal-oriented. This position calls for someone with a strong commitment to education for residents and fellows as well as strong leadership skills. Military background given special consideration.

How to apply

If interested, please send your CV with two references to:

Aaron Strumwasser, MD, MSc, FACS
Trauma Medical Director/Director of Trauma-SICU
Director, Surgical Critical Care Program
Desert Regional Medical Center, CA
aaron.strumwasser@tenethealth.com

Location

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Desert Regional Medical Center (Level II/Southern CA)
Trauma Surgeon/Surgical Intensivist
Palm Springs, CA
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