EDITH NOURSE ROGERS MEMORIAL VETERANS HOSPITAL (BEDFORD VA HOSPITAL)
VA NEW ENGLAND HEALTHCARE SYSTEM – BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS
You are invited to consider applying for the position of Geriatrician/Geriatrics Hospitalist-Educator and/or Internal Medicine Site Director. These positions are located in the Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) service and Medicine Education service of the Bedford VA Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, which has the largest long-term care facility in the VA system.
As Geriatrician/Geriatrics Hospitalist-Educator for the Community Living Center and Geriatric Evaluation Management unit, you’ll be part of an interprofessional approach and collaborate with the Primary Care, Mental Health, and Home Based Primary Care services, and have responsibility for the care of Veterans in a broad based geriatric program. You will have a range of clinical responsibilities that include subacute, rehabilitation, long-term, dementia, hospice and geropsychiatric care. We are actively expanding the depth and breadth of its graduate medical education training programs and you can expect to spend up to 25% of your time working with the Chief of Staff training trainees. Your key functions include providing medical diagnoses, work ups and treatments within the scope of knowledge, privileges and patient needs and, your duties will include but are not be limited to:
providing medical diagnoses, work ups and treatments
transferring patients to acute level of hospital care, Psychiatry or Extended Care, or to other medical centers, as appropriate
completing minor procedures to include incisions and drainage, debridement, suturing, and ear/eye irrigation
providing Medical Officer of the Day (MOD) and medical on-call coverage as assigned
making provisions for, and coordinating care of dying patients, including but not limited to, advance preferences, management of pain, bereavement counseling and management of physical problems
collaborating with Associate Chief of Staff GEC in performance improvement activities
directing teaching and facilitation of trainees’ educational and scholarly activities Preferred experience includes a minimum of two years in related clinical geriatric care. Preference will be given to candidates who are board certified or board eligible in Geriatric Medicine and those who are BC/BE in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine are welcome to apply.
As Internal Medicine Site Director, you will help lead the further development and expansion of internal medicine training at the Bedford VA, to include competency-based curricular innovation, implementation, assessment, and oversight relating to internal medicine trainees’ clinical and academic experiences. You will be involved in direct teaching and facilitation of educational and scholarly activities, working closely with program directors of affiliated residency program and clinical section chiefs. You will be a key member of the new health professions education team tasked with developing health professions education throughout the institution. Other elements include:
Academic appointment to Boston University
Eight (8) hours of dedicated time per week to the duties described above with remainder spent on clinical and other academic activities
Training/teaching responsibilities for approximately 20 residency positions covering geriatrics, psychiatry, family medicine, internal medicine and preventive medicine
Core clinical experiences at Bedford VA relate to geriatrics and psychiatry with further expansion anticipated
Opportunity for involvement with other training programs, including psychology and social work that emphasize interdisciplinary approaches to care.Preferred experience includes two or more years’ experience in undergraduate or graduate medical education and while it is not required, formal training in health professions education is preferred. There is also potential for someone to have a part-time appointment at Bedford VA and work the remaining time at an academic affiliate.The hospital campus is situated on beautiful wooded campus and adjacent to a golf course. Bedford is located in the cradle of the nation, with Concord, Lexington, and Boston close by. If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of living in an area rich in culture, recreational and entertainment amenities, in coastal New England while caring for our veterans, and you’d like more information about filling one or both of these roles, Email your full CV to Don Rainwater, National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant for the VA New England Healthcare System to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your inquiry will be handled in confidence.
The benefits are many when working as a VA physician and some of them include:
Paid Time Off:
208 Hours paid annual (vacation/personal) leave – you can carry over up to 86 days into a new year
104 Hours paid sick leave per year with unlimited carry over! Unused sick leave can be used to extend creditable service time at retirement!
10 Paid federal holidays with pay
Possible 5 Days paid Authorized Absence to attend CME
Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA)
Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government.
Long-term care insurance is available as an option
Federal Retirement Plan:
VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-FRAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
How is the pension funded? VA employees hired after January 1, 2014 automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employee's salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee's salary
Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2016, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $18,000, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $24,000
The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution
For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
Vested in a federal pension after only 5 years' service
Board Certification in Geriatrics, Internal Medicine or Family Medicine
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary and outstanding benefits!
About VHA VISN 22 National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 22 Desert Pacific Healthcare Network, which includes our five VA Healthcare Systems in Southern California (Greater Los Angeles, Loma Linda, Long Beach & San Diego) and Southern Nevada (Las Vegas), has ongoing Healthcare Physician, Nursing, Psychologist, Physician Assistant, So...cial Worker, and other Allied Health Clinical & Non-Clinical Support & Executive Leadership Career Opportunities available throughout the region. Join the largest Healthcare Organization in the United States and explore exciting professional and personal satisfaction, security, and satisfaction caring for our Veterans -- our Nation's Heroes! Most available specialty positions may be viewed at www.vacareers.va.gov or www.usajobs.gov. The VA offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, including health/dental/vision/disability insurance, retirement package, up to 26 days of vacation & 13 days sick leave annually, and opportunities for professional growth and development. Interested Physician providers may email a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to email@example.com or call me at (702) 675-5761, if interested in current Physician Clinical and Leadership Opportunities. Thank you. v/r DaveDAVID Z. ARAGON, SMSgt(R), USAF, MBA/HRM, SPHR/SHRM-SCP, FASPRVA/VHA National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant