Seeking A Talented Physician work in the Long Beach SCI Center in Beautiful Long Beach, CA

Department of Veterans Affairs
Long Beach, California
Sep 16, 2019
Sep 15, 2020
Full Time
Position Type

The VA Long Beach Health Care System (VALBHCS) and the University of California Irvine in Long Beach, CA are actively recruiting a Board Certified/Board eligible physician to work in our beautiful spinal cord injury center in Long Beach California. We are seeking board eligible Spinal Cord Injury, PMR, Internal Medicine, or neurology trained physicians to provide excellent care for American’s Heroes, particularly those who have suffered devastating injuries fighting for our country. 

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to an incredible interdisciplinary clinical practice and setting. The Long Beach SCI Center was the first SCI Center in our nation, built from the ground up to serve the needs of this Veterans population. It was named after Ernest Bors MD, the first Chief of SCI, who advocated for an interdisciplinary approach to treat each individual.  If selected, you are the leader of an interdisciplinary team composed of a nurse, case manager, social worker, psychologist, pharmacist, and therapist.  You will have the support of subspecialists and administration to provide excellent care to your panel of 120 patients. You would take care of your patient along the continuum of care, taking of care of their outpatient and inpatient issues to provide a boutique medicine experience. Our veterans express extreme gratitude for this unique personalized approach. We believe this is the best way to address the issues that affect those with SCI.

Selected candidates have the opportunity to apply for faculty appointment at UC Irvine & be involved with teaching of SCI fellows in our accredited fellowship program along with medical students, medicine residents & other learners and providers. The selected candidate will report to the Chief of Spinal Care Injury. The VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHCS), located in Long Beach, CA, is part of VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22), which includes facilities in Las Vegas, Loma Linda, San Diego, and the Greater Los Angeles area. The VA Long Beach Healthcare System is one of the most diversified tertiary health care providers in the VA. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.

You are invited to consider joining the team of the VA Long Beach Medical Center and UC Irvine School of Medicine, providing care for the world’s best patients while providing training and mentorship for fellows, residents, and students.  You should be board certified/eligible board eligible Spinal Cord Injury, PM&R, Internal Medicine, or neurology and a US citizen with current US licensure (any state) with no history of revocations or suspension.  Permanent Residents may be considered if no US citizen is selected. 

You have the career opportunity to conduct research, create performance improvement projects, and teach the next generation of clinicians.  Previous post-training academic experience and a history of publication in peer-reviewed SCI/PM&R journals is preferred.  This position includes both inpatient and outpatient activity and the opportunity to teach learners at all levels (students, residents, and fellows).  You will spend most of your time in direct patient care and you have the opportunity to teach medical residents in inpatient/outpatient settings

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, (May be required to work evenings or weekends as a 24/7 Full-Time Physician).

  • Must be U.S. Citizen – Non-US Citizens may be considered
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in the U.S.
  • Board Certification in Spinal Cord Injury Care & PM&R preferred, but Board Eligibility may also be considered.

Community Information

Just half an hour from Los Angeles, Long Beach is a beachfront gem you’ll want to add to your California itinerary. It offers beautiful beaches and marinas along with a busy dining and shopping scene that perfectly blends big city sophistication with beach town fun.

Tour the Queen Mary, the legendary, permanently docked ocean liner, or relax with a drink in the ship’s Observation Bar—for truly unique accommodations, you can even stay overnight in one of the ship’s staterooms or suites. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, Southern California’s largest aquarium and home to playful sea otters, Magellanic penguins, and a 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef Habitat, which holds thousands of colorful fish, coral, sea turtles, and sharks.

Looking for some retail therapy instead? Shop designer favorites at Pike Outlets or search for the perfect retro finds at the vintage boutiques along Long Beach’s Fourth Street. Or try your hand at kitesurfing on Long Beach’s Belmont Shores, one of the best places in the state for beginners to learn the sport thanks to the protective breakwater that blocks major waves.

Above all, enjoy eating your way through the city’s culinary delights from the classic waterfront Parkers’ Lighthouse in Shoreline Village to the modern SteelCraft, an urban eatery in Bixby Knolls, to the rooftop Sky Room, an Art Deco bar and dining room, 14 stories atop the Breakers Hotel in downtown Long Beach. Long Beach has the food, fun, and sun for you in beautiful Southern California. 

Benefits and Features

Expected Salary range will be competitive for the academic rank and include a full benefits and features package to support high quality professional practice and favorable work-life-family balance. The VA provides employees with a robust benefits package and fosters an environment where more time is spent on medical practice and less on business tasks. VA does this by offering: Paid Time Off in the form of 26 Days paid annual leave, 13 Days paid sick leave per year, 10 Federal holidays with pay, and 5-Day paid absence to attend approved CME courses. Insurance to include Health-Dental-Vision care insurance programs to choose from with premiums partially paid by VA; Flexible Spending Accounts; Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government; and Long-term care insurance available as an option. Federal Retirement Plan thru the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) - 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, with up to five percent government matching contributions.  

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