Job ID: 289489037  |  Last Updated: 6/13/2018


Bedford VA Medical Center
Bedford, MA
Applicant Contact
Don Rainwater

(413) 582-3119
Accepts J-1 Visas

Job Description


The VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA is looking for a full-time Geriatric Psychiatrist to join the team in our new Geropsychiatry Unit. Our hospital has a full spectrum of Mental Health treatment programs as well as a large Primary Care population and our philosophy emphasizes patient empowerment and recovery of function. Our strong academic affiliation is with Boston University School of Medicine, where a teaching appointment is encouraged. Our Psychiatry staff has low turnover and provides a welcoming collegial climate for learning and professional development.

In this role, you will provide mental health evaluations, psychopharmacology, and brief psychiatric treatments to veterans in the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit and Community Living Centers. You will be an integral psychiatrist specialist for the interdisciplinary Geriatric Psychiatry Unit and psychiatry consultant to the CLC teams, including review of reports and treatment plans, consultation for colleagues as needed, and informing continual development of team procedures. Your duties will include:
Provides specialty modalities, mainly Geriatric Psychiatry
Participates in other clinical duties as assigned by the Chief of Psychiatry
Implements and improves Emergency procedures
Provides individual supervision to support and educate staff, program team, and assigned trainees
Participates in facility or VISN committees in areas of personal expertise as requested
Contributes to an effective quality management system which includes process improvement; innovative system redesign, self-assessment, and peer review
Contributes consistently to evidence-based public health interventions such as screening and follow-up of medical and mental health conditions; and
Participates in the facility's academic mission, including participation in Grand rounds, teaching of medical students and psychiatry residents

Preferred experience includes two or more years experience in geriatric psychiatry and completion of a geriatric psychiatry fellowship, board certification and an unrestricted license (any state).

The hospital campus is situated on a 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 youd 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 youd like more information about filling this role, Email your full CV to Don Rainwater, National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant for the VA New England Healthcare System to 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
Disability Retirement
Vested in a federal pension after only 5 years' service

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