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VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven Campus
City:West Haven
Visas Accepted:None
Specialty:Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Opportunity Description:

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 don.rainwater@va.gov.  Your inquiry will be handled in confidence.

Practice Type: Employee, Academic
Available Date:
Vacation (weeks/details):6 weeks plus sick leave Malpractice:Provide, including tail.
Other benefits:
Comprehensive Federal Benefits
Facility Description:

VA Connecticut Healthcare System was officially formed in 1995 with the integration of the VA medical centers in West Haven and Newington. VA Connecticut serves Veterans in Connecticut and southern New England. The West Haven campus is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level One Facility. The Newington campus is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Danbury, New London, Stamford, Waterbury, Willimantic and Winsted. Vet Centers are located in Danbury, Hartford, Norwich and New Haven. VA Connecticut HCS is a member of the VA New England Healthcare System (VISN 1) headquartered in Bedford, Mass. In fiscal year 2015, VA Connecticut served more than 59,000 patients.



VA Connecticut is affiliated with many institutions of higher education. The primary affiliations are with the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. A Nursing Academy is based at the West Haven campus in partnership with the Fairfield University School of Nursing.

Authorized Beds



The VA New England Healthcare System (VISN 1), which includes VA Connecticut, is accredited by the The Joint Commission. VA Connecticut is accredited in the Hospital Accreditation Program, Long Term Care, Behavioral Health, Home Care and Ambulatory Care. VA Connecticut is also accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. The Errera Community Care Center Programs and the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center are accredited by Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Laboratory Service is accredited by College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Research and National Programs

VA Connecticut conducts research in psychiatry, medicine, surgery, neurology and related basic sciences. National Veterans Health Administration programs at VA Connecticut include the following:

  • Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center
  • Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC)
  • Coordinating Center for Cooperative Studies Program
  • National Virology Reference Laboratory
  • National Laboratory for Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases
  • Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
  • National Center for PTSD
  • National Center for Research in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • VA/Yale Center for Neuroscience and Nerve Regeneration
  • Clinical Epidemiology Center


Specialized Program

VA Connecticut also has the following specialized program, which is recognized nationally and regionally as the best offered in the Department of Veterans Affairs:

  • Single PhotoEmission Computerized Tomography SPECT, which provides state of the art imaging for medical care and research in biology, psychiatry, cardiology and oncology.
Community Description:


Welcome to West Haven, Connecticut’s youngest city. Whether you are coming here to live, work or play, West Haven has something for everyone. Come discover the beauty of our shoreline, the culinary delights of our restaurants, and the charm of our downtown.

  • Statistics
  • More information: West Haven at a Glance

Interested in Moving?
The Mayor’s Office can put together a package of information for any potential, new or current residents. The Mayor’s Office can be contacted at 203-937-3510, or contact the West Haven Chamber of Commerce for information on city businesses at 203-933-1500.

An excellent school system, a beautiful shoreline and first-rate public safety organizations are only a few of the wonderful attributes of our community. From million-dollar homes to condominiums to rental units, West Haven is a city for everyone. And you won’t have to look far to find colleges and universities.

West Haven is conveniently located in south-central Connecticut along Interstate 95, between New York City and Boston. Our train station provides plenty of parking and a fast connection to Stamford and New York, as well as the Connecticut shoreline communities.

Strong community groups define West Haven, from the Council on the Arts to the Historical Society. Several theaters are only minutes away, and complete any night out with dinner at one of our many fine restaurants. Bike or walk along our miles of beach on our beautiful boardwalk. You will love our community in all seasons!

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