Physician - Psychiatry - Explore your Sense of Wonder, VA Central Western MA hasan Opportunity for you as a Staff or Lead Psychiatrist

SEEKING SUPERVISORY AND STAFF PSYCHIATRISTS

INPATIENT STAFF PSYCHIATRISTS WITH ACADEMICS AND RESEARCH AVAILABLE

CENTRAL WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

NORTHAMPTON (LEEDS), MA

You are invited to become part of a large mental health team providing care for our veterans. As a staff psychiatrist, you’ll enjoy the personal and professional satisfaction of helping those who have given so much for us. You’ll be part of a team of 8 other psychiatrists and 165 mental health service providers and staff, treating patients with a broad spectrum of mental health needs.

As an inpatient Staff Psychiatrist, you’ll work on two units – an acute and a sub-acute unit. In this environment, you’ll follow your patients as they move from one unit to the other, and you’ll typically manage 8-12 patients at a time, with the average being around 10. The facility treats a wide array of mental illness, including major affective disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders. You will interact with talented and knowledgeable staff from other programs, such as the Specialized Inpatient PTSD Unit (SIPU), the 21-day Substance Use Disorder treatment program, an intensive case management program for those with severe persistent mental illness, and services to support homeless veterans.

Limited and light night/weekend duties make this position attractive, and it comes with a competitive salary and federal benefits package. You should be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident with an unrestricted license (any state) with no history of revocation or suspension and, be board certified or board eligible in Psychiatry.

VA Central Western MA has an active affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which attracts more than $200 million in research funding annually, with its innovative programs being the centerpiece of the Massachusetts life science initiative.
Possibilities for faculty appointments exist, contingent on review by UMass.
VA CWM also has a research component that consistently offers new opportunities. In addition, we regularly have Resident Physicians from Baystate Medical Center's Psychiatry Residency Program
at our campus
for their first year substance use rotation. Baystate and UMASS residents
are also eligible to
attend for a 4th
year elective in PTSD treatment, and other teaching opportunities exist as well.

Western Massachusetts offers the amenities of medium-sized cities such as Springfield and Hartford, the intellectual and cultural opportunities afforded by college towns like Amherst and Northampton, as well as the charm and serenity of numerous traditional New England towns and villages. It’s a great place for outdoor activities of all types and all seasons, as well as a great place to raise children, with both strong public education institutions as well as numerous private schools of diverse philosophical frame. VA Central Western MA is less than 2 hours from Boston and a few hours from New York City, making both cities reachable for day trips or weekends; take advantage of what they have to offer without having to put up with the crowding, cost, and congestion on a daily basis!




As a psychiatrist with the VA, here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy:










Paid Time Off:



26 days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
– you can carry over up to 86 days into a new year


13 days 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


5 Days paid Authorized Absence to attend CME
events
















Insurance:



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


Employees are
vested in a federal pension after only 5 years' service



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.


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 2020, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $19,500, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $25,500.
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
Location: Leeds, MA - 01053
Posted
07/06/2021
Type
Full time
Salary Range
$104,000.00 - 181,000.00
per Year
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Location
Leeds, MA 01053, US