By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor Oct 26, 2021
you are a physician who is eager to truly make a difference providing
healthcare services to the people who have sacrificed to serve our country,
then a VA locum tenens job could be just the opportunity you’ve been seeking.
flexible schedules and lighter patient loads to the ability to give top tier
care to those who have served our country, there are many reasons to take a physician
job with the VA health system.
Just take it from the experience of Dr. Rajesh, an established New
Orleans-based physician who has worked as a doctor with the U.S. Federal
Government for 20 years, for both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the
State Department, where he was assigned to provide healthcare to various
embassies and diplomats all over the world.
Rajesh currently works on and off (part retired and part practicing) as a locum
practitioner for Staff Care at various VA facilities and other medical centers
doing general internal medicine patient care.
Care places me as locum and I move wherever they send me," Dr. Rajesh
Staff Care specializes in placing
physicians and advanced practitioners in locum tenens opportunities in a
variety of clinical settings, including VA Medical Centers and other government
facilities. The agency has long-standing relationships and contracts at many of
these healthcare clinics throughout the country.
Locums can help where needed most
Rajesh’s next VA locum tenens job assignment will take him to a community-based
outpatient facility in Virginia for six weeks. “The veterans here are a little
bit far from the bigger hospital so they come to this small clinic and this
clinic provides primary care. I believe I will be the sole provider there
taking care of veterans -- probably about 12 scheduled patients per day and a
couple of walk-ins.”
VA provides a critical resource for veterans who may not have immediate access
to care, especially those in more rural communities such as where Dr. Rajesh is
locum tenens jobs also tend to have lighter patient loads, allowing providers
more time to spend patients, getting to know them and their unique health care
needs. Their “patient-aligned care teams (PACTs) are designed to deliver
patient-centered, personalized care,” according to the Veterans Affairs
Loan repayment & other financial
are other benefits to full-time VA jobs, one major incentive being the VA’s
Education and Debt Reduction Program that allows physicians to choose a
healthcare career providing top-notch care to America’s veterans and receive
student loan repayment of up to $200,000. The VA also has a Student Loan
Repayment Program (SLRP) where employees in certain occupations may be eligible
to receive up to $10,000 per year (with a lifetime maximum of $60,000) to help
repay student loans.
Locum tenens jobs with the VA provide
competitive pay and flexibility, and for physicians who have already worked in
a government setting, a locum contract job can take some of complications out
of annuities and retirement payments since locums are independent contractors
that are being compensated by a third party.
Choosing a reputable locum tenens staffing
a locum tenens company that is well-known and respected in the industry is one
of the most important factors in a successful VA locum tenens job.
experience has been great,” Dr. Rajesh said. “The Staff Care recruiter I talked
to gave me a lot of good information in the first conversation, that they are
one of the biggest and have most of the outpatient veterans clinics with them
-- so all of that information helped me and they gave me what I needed. I’ve since
recommended Staff Care to other people.”
Staff Care has hundreds of locum tenens jobs across the U.S., in a variety of
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