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Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center
Visas Accepted:None
Specialty:Geriatric Medicine - IM
Opportunity Description:

The Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center located in Charleston, SC is recruiting for an energetic, full-time board eligible/board certified Geriatrician/Palliative Care Physician to provide clinical care, supervise residents and students, and perform/support research in areas relevant to geriatrics and palliative care. 

This physician provides coverage in the Hospice/Palliative Care Clinic for ongoing outpatient management as well as care coordination and providing education regarding diagnosis, prognosis, treatment goals, and symptom management and manages an inpatient Geriatrics Service. 

The physician will also provide coverage in Palliative Care to include outpatients and inpatient consults.  Physician will be expected to actively participate in the education of internal medicine trainees and work with variety of other disciplines. 

Additional duties may include providing physician coverage for the Home Based Primary Care Program in the Charleston VAMC catchment area.

Board certification/board eligibility in geriatrics and/or palliative care medicine is preferred. 

Work Schedule: 8:00AM - 4:30PM, Monday thru Friday, Some Weekends and Holidays

Salary Range: Up to $225,000 per year


  • Citizenship - Citizenship of the United States.  Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
  • Education - Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.  The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Licensure - Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
  • Residency - Completion of residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Language Proficiency -  Must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Physical requirements - Must meet physical standards established for this position

Preferred Experience:

Board eligible/board certified in Geriatrics and/or Palliative Care Medicine


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

 Highlights include:

Ø  Annual performance-based bonuses.

Ø  Full-time physicians earn 26 days of paid annual leave each year, in addition to 13 days of earned sick leave, and 10 paid Federal holidays;

Ø  No liability or tail insurance required for VA practice.  VA physicians are covered by the Federal Tort Claims Act, under which the United States Government accepts responsibility and liability for the actions of its employees during the exercise of their official duties;

Ø  Individual and group health insurance plans and life insurance options, including supplemental family coverage, with premium contributions paid by the Federal government;

Ø  DEA Registration fees waived for federal employees

Practice Type: Employee, Academic
Available Date:
Up to $225,000
Signing bonus:Available
Vacation (weeks/details):26 days per year Malpractice:Covered by VA
Facility Description:

Located in the historic part of the city of Charleston, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is an authorized 145 bed primary, secondary and tertiary care medical center that provides acute medical, surgical and psychiatric inpatient care, and both primary and specialized outpatient services in southeastern South Carolina and Chatham County, Georgia. The medical center supports the Vet Centers in North Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, and operates the outpatient clinics in Savannah, Georgia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Currently, the medical center is operating 98 beds and a 28-bed nursing home.

The medical center is closely affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina and supports 88 medical residents in medical and dental specialties, as well students from nursing, pharmacy, social work and allied health disciplines. The Research Service has 57 research investigators conducting basic research in cardiology, endocrinology, diabetes mellitus, hematology/oncology, rheumatology, nephrology and alcohol-related disorders and clinical and health service research in mental health, PTSD, hypertension and aging, and rehabilitation research program: hip arthroplasty.

View the VA Research web.


Medical University of South Carolina

Authorized Beds


Type of Facility

Tertiary Care

Special Programs

Primary  Care

Women’s Program

VIST Program

Smoking Cessation

Research Service

Interventional Radiology

General Surgery

Cardio-thoracic Surgery

Vascular Surgery








Speech Pathology

Inpatient Mental Health


Mental Health Day Hospital

Substance Abuse

Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM)

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)

Community Residential Care


Nursing Home Care Unit (NUCU)

Homemaker Health Aide

Adult Day Care

Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

Community Contract Nursing Home

Interventional Cardiology

Pulmonary Services

Pulmonary Function Test

Sleep Studies


Infectious Disease







Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Community Description:

Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County  and the principal city in the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Charleston had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015.

Community Size:Metro Area/Big city
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