Physician - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

West Haven, CT 06516

Specialty Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Profession Physician

VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine

West Haven, Connecticut

Seeking Board Certified or Board Eligible Physiatrist

You are invited to consider becoming an integral member of our PM&R team responsible for providing care for outpatients with musculoskeletal disorders, pain, traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations, and prosthetic needs.  Inpatient consultation is required on an occasional basis and you should be competent to perform EMGs; experience with interventional procedures and musculoskeletal ultrasound is desired but not required. Interventional pain management, electrodiagnosis and musculoskeletal ultrasound are initiated according to professional interests and department needs.

VA Connecticut is a large complex system of care affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine serving over 55,000 Veterans across two campuses and six Community Based Outpatient Clinics. VA Connecticut is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology and a renowned research program. VA Connecticut provides a full range of comprehensive patient care services and offers Specialty programs such as the SCI program, the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Service, Geriatrics and Extended Care and Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) and is a Polytrauma Clinic Support Team. Healthcare is provided through primary, acute, tertiary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry and geriatrics.

We use an interdisciplinary approach to care and you will work with a large team of healthcare professionals consisting of MD’s, PAs, Nurses PTs, OTs, Speech Pathologists, Audiologists, Psychologists, Optometrists, and Social workers. You will perform duties within scope of practice of a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation professional and credentialing/privileging and additionally, you may act as a resource and consultant for examiners who have patients with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation needs; participate in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation departmental meetings; and serve on committees related to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Care. 

You should be a US citizen and be board certified/board eligible in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Whether you're interested in academics, research, or a better work/life balance, you'll find the VA has a lot to offer, including the unmatched satisfaction you'll get from caring for those who have served our country. In addition to competitive pay and liability protection, the VA also offers a robust benefits plan that includes:

           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

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

So, if the challenges and rewards of caring for our veterans is something you’d like to know more about, Email your full CV and cover letter to Don Rainwater, National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant for VA New England Healthcare System at Your inquiry will be handled in confidence.