Physician - Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

Augusta, ME

Specialty Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Profession Physician

PULMONARY DISEASE/CRITICAL CARE PHYSICIAN - VA MAINE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

AUGUSTA, MAINE

CARING FOR THOSE WHO SERVED

 You are invited to join the team at the VA’s medical center in Augusta, Maine. VA Maine Healthcare System (formerly Togus VA Medical Center) proudly serves Maine's veterans at the main campus in Augusta and nine outpatient clinics. It's a modern 67-bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and mental health beds, as well as 40-bed Skilled-Longer Stay Unit, a 25-bed Dementia Unit, and a hospice unit. 

 As a key member of the team, you will join three other physicians and an NP, along with complete nursing and other support staff. The workweek is typically 5 days per week but a compressed work week is available where you can work 4 10-hour days. You will diagnose and treat patients with diseases of the respiratory tract, care for the critically ill, and perform fiberoptic, bronchoscopy, EBUS, and other procedures in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. The team also provides care to the Portland and Bangor Community Care Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).

 Other details include:

  • 10-14 patients per day

  • Call 1:4/ 1 weekend per month

  • Research opportunities available

  • Faculty appointment to Tufts University available

  • FOB, Sleep Lab, and EBUS available

     Requirements:

  • US citizen

  • US License (any state) with no history of suspension or revocation

  • BC or BE in Internal Medicine and Pulm/CC

  • ACLS & BLS

  • Ability and interest in performing procedures

  • Training and/or experience in Sleep Medicine highly preferred

So, if you’re interested in caring for veterans while enjoying a work/life balance difficult to find in the private sector, this is an opportunity you need to check out. The Augusta area is a gateway to year-around recreational opportunities and offers excellent housing, schools, and safe community living! For more information, Email your CV to Don Rainwater, National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant at don.rainwater@va.gov. Your inquiry will be held in confidence.

BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA physician brochure.

 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 with pay

  • Possible 5 Days paid Authorized Absence to attend CME

     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