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Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford VA)
Visas Accepted:None
Specialty:Addiction Psychiatry
Opportunity Description:




Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital is looking for an Addiction Psychiatrist to join the Mental Health team where you will be part of the Veterans Mental Health Addiction Program (VMHAP) of the Mental Health Service Line. In this role, your duties will include:

  • Providing psychiatric evaluation, pharmacology, and other treatments to veterans in or entering VMHAP and/or outpatient detoxification;
  • Evaluating and providing optimal treatment, and referring to other providers when necessary;
  • Providing leadership and supervision to clinicians treating addiction patients outside VMHAP, including development of new services and workflows;
  • Serving as a consulting Addiction Specialist for other interdisciplinary teams such a Pain Management, and informing continual development of team procedures;
  • Participating in committees in areas of expertise as requested;
  • Contributing consistently to evidence based public health interventions such as screening and follow up of medical and mental health conditions; and
  • Participating in the facility's academic mission, including participation in Grand Rounds, teaching of medical students and psychiatry residents.

You should have an unrestricted license (any state) with no history of suspension or revocation and be board certified or board eligible in psychiatry.  Training and/or experience with Addiction Psychiatry is strongly preferred.

Located in Bedford, MA, the hospital is a state-of-the-art medical center that provides a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services, including: Primary Care, Mental Health Services, Homeless Veteran Services, Women's Health Services, Long Term Nursing Care, Dental, Hospice, Optometry, Select Specialty Services, and Compensation and Pension exams.

Bedford VA has a full continuum of mental health programming, including a number of nationally known exemplars in the areas of Vocational Services, Peer Services, Homeless Services and outpatient Mental Health services. Programming is organized around a "recovery oriented" treatment philosophy, and the Mental Health Service Line is a national leader in psychosocial rehabilitation, research and education.

The hospital campus is situated on a beautiful wooded campus and adjacent to a golf course.  Bedford is located in the cradle of the nation, with Concord, Lexington, and Boston close by.  If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of living in an area rich in culture, recreational and entertainment amenities, in coastal New England while caring for our veterans, and you’d like more information about filling this role, Email your full CV to Don Rainwater, National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant for the VA New England Healthcare System to don.rainwater@va.gov.  Your inquiry will be handled in confidence.

The benefits are many when working as a VA physician and some of them include:

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


  • 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
  • Vested in a federal pension after only 5 years' service
Practice Type: Multi spec.gr., Employee, Academic
Available Date:
$200K and up
Vacation (weeks/details):26 days PTO, 13 days Sick Leave, 10 Paid Holidays Malpractice:Yes, including Tail
Other benefits:
Comprehensive federal employee benefits - hard to beat!
Facility Description:

The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA provides services in such areas as: Geriatrics, with specialty care in Alzheimer's Disease, Mental Health, including homelessness, substance abuse and Compensated Work Therapy and Ambulatory Care. The hospital was founded in 1928 chartered by Congress to proivde a variety of health services to Veterans. The hospital currently offers six service lines including: Ambulatory Care, Mental Health, Geriatrics & Extended Care, Geriatrics Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC), Clinical Support, and Administrative Support. The Hospital also offers Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) in Lynn, Haverhill, and Gloucester.


Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Lahey Clinic
Department of Defense (DoD)

Authorized Beds:

65 Hospital Beds
345 Nursing Home Beds
40 Domicilliary Beds
52 PRRTP Beds

Type of Facility:

Geriatric Care / Psychiatry

Special Programs:

Primary and seconday care in medicine and sub-acute medical care.
Includes: The Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program (MHICM), and,
The Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC)
Social And Community Reintegration Research (SoCRR)

Services Provided:

Nursing Home Care
Substance Abuse
Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care

Outpatient Mental Health
Alzheimer's inpatient and outpatient care
Homeless Veteran Services

Community Description:

Bedford is located on the map of Massachusetts in Middlesex County-about fifteen miles northwest of Boston near the junction of routes 3 and 95 [128]. The Town may be accessed by car, and public transportation on the M.B.T.A. Taxi, shuttle and Logan Express connect to Boston’s Logan Airport. Surrounding towns are Lexington, Concord, Carlisle, Burlington, Billerica, and Lincoln.

The Town map shows a land area of almost fourteen square miles, with 65.54 miles of public roads. There are rivers, ponds, fields and forests saved as conservation lands.  The Town maintains open spaces with walking trails and bikeways as well as athletic fields and parks for recreation.


Incorporated in 1729, the initial community of fifty households survived on farming and requisite industries. The Town’s history is documented in the Bedford collection at the Bedford Public Library. Visitors are drawn to view historic sites including homes, the Old Burying Ground, The Wilson Mill, the Job Lane House and the original Bedford Flag that was taken to the battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775. An historic park commemorating railroad activity in Bedford is planned by the town with support from Friends of Depot ParkExploring Bedford, a walking/biking tour guide describing these sites, is available at the Library and the Bedford Chamber.

http://www.freedomsway.org/towns/bedford/bedford.html will give you the history of what happened in Bedford the morning of April 19, 1775 and the addresses of the houses and other revolutionary sites that have been preserved in Bedford.

The circa 1713 Job Lane House (www.bedfordmahistory.org/job_lane_house.htm), a beautifully preserved example of the New England saltbox-style house, was home to one of Bedford's founding families and is open for tours twice a month, May to December.

The Bedford Historical Society (www.bedfordmahistory.org) offers an annual lecture series on local history, presents historical displays in various town buildings, answers research requests from the public, and maintains in its Archives an extensive collection of Bedford artifacts, documents, photographs, and reference materials.

Population and Housing

Bedford’s 2012 population of 14,501 represents 5,400 households 9,823 voters. In 2011 per capita income was $48,879. In FY2013the median value of owner occupied housing was $518,100. Detailed demographic information is documented by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

General Town Services, Public Education and Library

Town services for education, library, planning, code enforcement, public safety, voters, health, seniors, families, youths, streets, water, sewer, refuse, recycling, local transit, assessment and collections are carried out by departments responsible to elected Boards. The Bedford Town Services Telephone Directory is a guide to accessing the specific services. The activities, budgets and plans of all departments are found in the Bedford Annual Reports.

With a school enrollment of 2,487 the Bedford Public Schools are known throughout the Commonwealth for their excellent standards of teaching and wide offerings in extra-curricular activities and athletic organizations. There are a lower and an upper elementary school, a middle school and a high school.  For vocational education, Bedford students may choose the Shawsheen Regional Vocational Technical High School.  Adult continuing education is available at the high school and at the Middlesex Community College in Bedford.

The Bedford Public Library accommodates collections for Bedford patrons of all ages. As part of the Minuteman Library Network, it offers internet access and other on-line services.

Local Town government

Bedford’s Selectmen-Open Town Meeting form of government has been operative since 1729. Descriptions of elected and appointed offices, processes, regulations and codes are contained in detail in the Charter and General Bylaws. Elected officials, staff and many appointed citizen committees are vital in preparation, planning and delivery of town government services. The Volunteer Coordinating Committee  recruits volunteers for the appointed citizen participation committees. The annual Town election is on the second Saturday of March, with Annual Town Meeting beginning on the fourth Monday of March.

Business and Community Organizations, News media

Some forty community groups with interests around arts, schools, social service, scouting, gardening, veterans and sports are active, with representation at a town wide parade and fair on Bedford Day, celebrated the third Saturday in September. The Town’s strong business community has a Chamber of Commerce with 150 members ranging from local professional firms to large corporations with global headquarters in Bedford. Hanscom Air Force Base has been an important part in the strength of the Bedford economy.

Local news is covered in the weekly Bedford Minuteman and on local cable television.

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