Staff Pathologist

Department of Veterans Affairs
Sacramento, California
Closing date
Mar 16, 2024

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Full Time
Position Type

The Sacramento VA Medical Center is recruiting an experienced, fully trained pathologist, board prepared in Anatomic Pathology and/or Clinical Pathology. Duties for the Staff Pathologist will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Application of accepted criteria in formulating and reporting diagnostic information on various anatomic pathology specimens to include surgical pathology, cytopathology and autopsy pathology.
  • Provide clinical laboratory consultation to technical personnel and healthcare providers.
  • Participate in a high complexity laboratory, in compliance with all VA Central Office, The Joint Commission, College of American Pathology, CLIA requirements, AABB, FDA and other agencies as required.
  • Participation in Quality Assurance measures for laboratory sections as required by accreditation agencies.
  • Teaching of residents, medical students, and other healthcare personnel who seek training within the field of Pathology.
  • Support of the research mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • The pathologist is ultimately responsible for diagnostic interpretation of specimens processed within the laboratory.
  • The pathologist will provide staff and/or trainees information on specimen processing and evaluation.
  • Perform and review gross specimen examination
  • Processing and interpretation of intraoperative frozen sections.
  • Provide intraoperative and intraprocedural consultations as requested.
  • Interpretation/sign-out of surgical pathology and cytopathology specimens.
  • Ordering/interpretation of appropriate immunohistochemical stains and special stains, molecular and genetics tests as required to ensure accurate diagnosis and provide prognostic/therapeutic information.
  • Responsible for evaluating and interpretation flow cytometry, lymph nodes submitted for hematopoietic neoplasms and bone marrows. (Desired, but not required)
  • Participation in multi-disciplinary conferences such as Tumor Board, Endocrine, GI and Morbidity and Mortality Conference.
  • Review appropriate clinical history/medical record when responsible for autopsy coverage and discuss with clinical team ensuring appropriate consent documentation before proceeding with autopsy.
  • Perform/supervise autopsy. 
  • Issue preliminary autopsy findings within 48 hours of autopsy.
  • Issue completed autopsy report with clinicopathologic correlation within 30 days of autopsy
  • Participate in Quality Assurance measures including 10% retrospective review of all anatomic pathology cases and inter-laboratory comparison programs as designated by Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
  • Participate in Non-GYN Cytopathology Proficiency tests as required by service obligations.
  • Provide 24 hour on-call services as designated in the monthly schedule (shared call schedule with other pathologists)
  • Direct/participate in a high complexity laboratory, with responsibility for daily, weekly, and monthly quality monitors as delegated by Chief PLM.
  • Select/evaluate new tests for laboratory section test menus as assigned.
  • Assist as needed in preparing the lab for accreditation inspections.
  • Offer consultation to other pathologists (intra-departmental consultations) for testing strategies and interpretation of results.
  • Participate in required continuing medical education (CME) to maintain licensure/privileges.
  • Responsible for timely completion of VA assigned TMS educational modules.
  • Support the educational and research mission of the VA, at a minimum through excellence in teaching.



Work Life Balance 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm; however, weekend and evening hours may occur with on call rotating weekend and holiday coverage.


  •  Education Debt Reduction Program  (EDRP), and if approved,  receive up to $200k  in school loan repayment.
  • Paid Time Off:  50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)
  • Insurance:  Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
  • Licensure:  Unrestricted license from any US State or territory
  • CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)
  • Malpractice:  Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
  • Contract:  No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlight
  • Federal Retirement Plan:


Retirement System

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-RAE basic benefits (pension), and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan

How is the pension funded? VA employees 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 2022, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $19,500, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $25,500.

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

Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years’ service





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