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Growing My Career
I just completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psychiatric treatment and research. Now, I’m enrolling in a VA leadership training course – one of the best in the nation.
Groundbreaking Research
I’m working on research I wouldn’t be able to take on anywhere else, like the largest clinical trial studying the efficacy of psychotherapy on PTSD.
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I can reach patients across the nation with the help of tele-health services.
People, Not Paperwork
I don’t have to deal with insurance companies. My first duty is getting our Veterans the care they need.
Supporting My Life
With generous vacation time and comprehensive health benefits, VA restored the balance to my life and helped me pay back my student loans.
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We can help you find a position that fits your skills and lifestyle, with personalized support that will advance your career.
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Career Milestones.
Early
Gain the skills and benefits that define your career.
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Can I find a place to grow?
With advanced fellowships in social work and psychiatric research and treatment, our focus on your career and personal development is what makes VA unlike any other health care system. LEARN MORE
Will my compensation be competitive?
In addition to comparable pay, we offer a collection of benefits not found in the private sector, such as generous loan repayment benefits, as well as 13 to 26 vacation days a year when you join our team. LEARN MORE
How will I tackle my student loans?
We know getting your degree was expensive, and as you start your career, paying back those loans can be daunting. VA helps you pay your loans. We want you to focus on our patients, not your debt. LEARN MORE
Will I get to work on interesting cases?
Veterans are a unique patient population, with disorders most clinicians will never get to treat, such as psychological approaches to pain management and PTSD. From psychiatrists to family counselors, our patients present a challenging practice environment for any clinician.
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Develop your career while expanding your skills.
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How is working at VA different from private practice?
You don’t need malpractice insurance when you work at VA. Also, you only need one active, unrestricted state license to practice in VA facilities in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. LEARN MORE
How can I develop as a leader?
With a recent reinvestment in mental health, we are working to develop new leaders. All clinicians are encouraged to take full advantage of our educational support and leadership training programs. LEARN MORE
How can I gain recognition in my field?
With hundreds of academic affiliations, our clinicians contribute groundbreaking research that would be impossible to perform anywhere else. Last year alone, our staff was published in American Psychologist and The New England Journal of Medicine. LEARN MORE
How can I balance work with raising a family?
Your career is important, but not as important as time with your family. We believe in a strong work/life balance for our clinicians. That’s why we have generous vacation time, as well as a more predictable work schedule. LEARN MORE
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Build on a lifetime of experience.
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Will I be able to lead research?
From PTSD to traumatic brain injuries’ cognitive effects, VA is one of the largest clinical research organizations in the U.S., conducting more than 10,000 studies. Our intramural funding allows our clinicians to develop studies that will most help their patients. LEARN MORE
Can I help train a new generation of physicians?
We have always had a strong culture of mentorship and support. All of our senior staff members have the chance to give back to the next generation of clinicians.
Can I move to administration?
Yes, we pride ourselves on being an organization that grows with you. If you’re looking for a new challenge, we have specialized in-house training, continuing education, and formal development programs to guide your career. LEARN MORE
What are VA retirement benefits?
Our benefits will help ensure retirement is everything you want it to be. VA employees are covered by the Federal Retirement System (FERS), which includes Social Security benefits, FERS basic benefits, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), similar to a 401(k). LEARN MORE