Physician - Family Medicine

Altoona, PA 16602

Specialty Family Medicine
Profession Physician

Caring for our nation’s Veterans is among the most noble of callings. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? At the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona, PA, you will use your skills and experience in a personally and professionally rewarding career serving Veterans.

The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center is seeking a two Primary Care Physicians. One for the main VA Medical Center in Altoona, PA and one for the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Johnstown, PA

The selected candidates will function as a Staff Physicians on a primary care team delivering primary health services to veterans in an outpatient setting.  Physicians provide outpatient medical to a panel of veterans, orders diagnostic tests, prescribes medications and determines appropriate treatment plans.

Key Requirements:

  • Must be licensed in any U.S. State

  • Must be board certified or board eligible in Family or Internal Medicine

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 4:30pm, but may include some extended clinic hours on n as needed basis.

Paid Time Off:

  • Up to 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave

  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year

  • 10 Federal holidays per year with pay

  • 5-10 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses


  • 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-RAE 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 2014, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $17,500, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $23,000

  • 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