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VA Northern California Health Care System


Physician & Dentist Careers

Why VA?

More than a century ago, President Lincoln made a promise to America’s servicemen and women, pledging the care and concern of a grateful Nation for the sacrifices they made to preserve freedom. Since 1930, the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been to keep that promise. Today, VA has more than 1,400 medical centers and outpatient clinics across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, and is the largest, most technologically advanced health care system in the U.S. Whether you’re a seasoned clinician or a new physician, we invite you to explore the many opportunities and benefits VA affords, including a higher level of physician practice that is patient-centered.

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.


  • 26 Days of Annual (Vacation/Personal) Leave Each Year
  • 13 Days Sick Leave Each Year
  • 10 Days Paid Federal Holidays
  • 15 Days Military Leave For Active Reservists And National Guard Members
  • Annual Physician Performance Pay
  • Competitive Salary
  • Malpractice/Liability Protection
  • Many Health Insurance Plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, Term Life/ Long Term Care Insurance Options
  • Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is a three-tier retirement plan composed of:
    • Social Security benefits,
    • FERS basic benefits, and
    • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) with up to 5% Matching Funds
    • U.S. Government Retirement Benefits (including health and life insurance)
  • Benefits Information Specific for Part-Time Physicians/Dentists

Minimum Qualifications for Appointment as a VA Physician/Dentist:

  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.)
  • English Language Proficiency. Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • Licensure and Registration. Must possess a current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine, surgery or dentistry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e. Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.
  • Education.
    • Physician. Degree of doctor medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine? The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) Schools of medicine by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted; (3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant.
    • Dentist. Degree of doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine resulting from a course of education in dentistry? [The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) United States and Canadian schools of dentistry listed by the Commission on Dental Education, Accreditation (CODA), in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed; OR (2) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia as qualifying for full and unrestricted licensure provided the licensure requirements include a written examination measuring science achievement and a performance examination measuring clinical competence.
  • Residency.
    • Physician. Completed a residency training program or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification? (NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.
    • Dentist. Completed an approved residency program on general practice or specialty, or comparable experience as a dentist actively involved in treating medically compromised patients

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Crystal Keeler
HR Specialist/Physician Recruiter

Eugene Arcurio
HR Specialist/Physician Recruiter

Robert Souza
HR Assistant