Seeking Primary Care Physicians to Care for our Veterans

VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
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Facility: VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System 
Address: 521 North Main Street 
Northampton (Leeds), MA 01053 

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Specialty: Family Medicine
Internal Medicine 
Candidate Type: MD, DO 
Visas Accepted: No J1 or H1
Loan Repayment: Not Specified
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Seeking Full-time Primary Care Physicians to Care for our Veterans Northampton and Greenfield, Massachusetts Great Hours! Great Benefits! Great Patients! Central Western Massachusetts Health Services (CWMHS) 

You are invited to apply for the role of a primary care provider at one of the above outpatient clinics. Northampton and Greenfield are full-time positions. In these clinics, you will work as part of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), consisting of the Patient, Provider, RN Care Manager, a LPN or Health technician, and a Medical Support Assistant. You will provide medical care services and evaluation of Veterans with compassion and provide education and counseling of Veterans and families regarding preventive care, medical conditions, and treatment.

Clinic hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm and you will see about 12-14 patients per day with 30 minutes for returning patients and 60 minutes for new patients. The clinics have Nurse Practitioners or Physicians Assistants, RN's, LPNs and administrative staff, along with mental health services and other sub-specialty services on site. Call is only as a backup to the Northampton Medical Officer of the Day and in the past 12 months, physicians from these clinics have hardly ever been required to come to Northampton or even provide phone coverage. The Northampton Medical Officer of the Day is the on-site physician that covers during non-clinic hours. 

The CWMHS serves over 25,000 patients at its main campus in Northampton (Leeds) and at seven community-based outpatient clinics in Central and Western Massachusetts. Core missions are primary care, mental health inpatient and outpatient care, and extended care. The Medical Center is engaging employees in a 'Culture of Improvement,' utilizing a variety of Process Improvement techniques to improve efficiency of clinical operational functions to the benefit of veterans and staff.

Salary Range: Up to $225,000 per year

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job and hold an unrestricted license (any state). You should also be board eligible or board certified in internal or family medicine.

These clinics are located in the Pioneer Valley which is the colloquial name for the portion of the Connecticut River Valley that is in Massachusetts. It is generally taken to comprise the three counties of Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin. The lower Pioneer Valley corresponds to the Springfield, Massachusetts metropolitan area, the region's urban center, and the seat of Hampden County. The upper Pioneer Valley region includes the smaller cities of Northampton and Greenfield, the county seats of Hampshire and Franklin counties.

Many of the cities and towns include areas of forests, and Springfield itself, which in the early 1900s was nicknamed "The City in a Forest," features nature within its city limits and over 12% parkland. The Pioneer Valley is known for its scenery and as a vacation destination. The Holyoke Range, Mount Tom Range, and numerous rolling hills, bluffs, and meadows feature extravagant homes from the Gilded Age, many of which surround New England's longest and largest river, the Connecticut River, which flows through the region.

To learn more about this opportunity, Email your full CV to Sam Wright, VHA National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant at samuel.wright4@va.gov   

About VACWM

VACWM HCS is active and diversified and offers a full realm of inpatient and outpatient Mental Health services, including specialized services in PTSD, and Substance Use Disorder, Acute and Chronic Mental Illness, and Homelessness services.

VACWM has an active affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) which attracts more than $200 million in research funding annually, and its innovative programs are the centerpiece of the Massachusetts life science initiative.  Possibilities for faculty appointments exist with appointments/ranks contingent on review by UMass. We invite you to review the UMass Department of Psychiatry Website:  http://www.umassmed.edu/Psychiatry

There's no mistaking Central Western Massachusetts. There are the eclectic communities. There's the natural beauty. There's the seemingly endless array of fun activities. It's practically a world unto itself, yet it's still distinctively Massachusetts. Artists, farmers, scholars and professionals come together in harmony in beautiful Northampton, where the Connecticut River winds through the wooded hills of the Pioneer Valley. Once home to such diverse notables as U.S. president Calvin Coolidge, abolitionist Sojourner Truth, author Kurt Vonnegut and punk rockers Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, and current home of the all women’s Smith College, the city is famed for its arts scene and liberal values.

America's Veterans need you!

About the VA

Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 232 Veterans centers, 47 readjustment counseling centers, and 108 comprehensive home-care programs, across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S.Territories.

More than 7.9 million Veterans, their family members, and survivors are enrolled in the VA Health System, with more than 6.3 million seeking treatment each year. Currently, that annual treatment involves 773,600 inpatient visits and 60 million outpatient visits. About 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees work in interdisciplinary care teams to deliver those patient services daily.

VA's patient population crosses a wide spectrum of individuals, from elderly World War II Veterans, to baby boomer Vietnam Vets, to today's younger heroes who served during the Gulf War era and in the present day Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. VA also serves a growing number of women Veterans, who currently account for seven percent of the total Veteran population.

VA Benefits

Paid Time Off:

  • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
  • 10 paid Federal holidays per year
  • 5 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses

Insurance:

  • Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Lifetime Healthcare Insurance options available
  • 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-RAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • How is the pension funded? VA employees 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 2015, 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
  • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years’ service

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