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Trainee Programs

VA Boston health care provides training programs for students at the college, university and postgraduate levels. Explore our training programs to find out about how we can help you start your career as a health care professional.

Audiologist

Audiology

  • Full time (2,080 hours) positions for one year in Audiology​
  • Total compensation including benefits:  $45,780​
  • Applications consists of: Cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial is okay) and 3 letters of recommendation with at least two of them from clinical placements.  ​

Contact

Danielle Stiles Au.D

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-364-4769

Email: danielle.stiles@va.gov

Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship

The Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship seeks to provide intensive training in echocardiography in an academic setting, and introductory training in nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT and cardiac MRI. There will be close interaction with inpatient Cardiology teams, as well as Fellow trainees in Cardiology from Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. The program is designed to meet professional certification requirements for interpretation of standard transthoracic echocardiography studies, stress echocardiography, contrast imaging, and performance of transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE), including intraoperative TEE. The program will also provide training in Valvular Heart Disease through active participation in Heart Valve Clinic and intense exposure to structural heart imaging and interventions. The fellow will become proficient in the use of the latest technology for cardiac imaging and develop an integrated appreciation of cardiac physiology and pathophysiology.

The VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston Medical Center are now beginning recruitment for TWO Cardiovascular Imaging (Echo) Fellowship positions for the academic Year 2022-23 This is a NON-ACCREDITED one-year clinical imaging fellowship. The Fellowship will run from July 1st, 2022 through June 30th, 2023. 

  • Candidates should be US citizens, or permanent residents, or eligible for J1 VISA. Foreign trained applicants must have a valid ECFMG certificate prior to consideration. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.
  • ​Applicants must have completed 3 years of internal medicine residency training from an accredited program, and must be either planning to go on to cardiovascular fellowship or have already completed cardiology fellowship training. 
  • A personal statement

  • A Vitae/Resume (please include a phone number)

  • Three signed letters of recommendation (emailed by candidate or reference - one letter must be from your residency or cardiovascular fellowship director). Address these letters to Dr. Jayashri Aragam, Director of Echocardiography Lab, VA Boston Healthcare System.

  • All application materials should be sent directly to Inessa Stern at Inessa.Stern@va.gov

Contact

Inessa Stern

Echo Lab Supervisor

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-203-6823

Email: Inessa.Stern@va.gov

Dentist - General Practice Residency

VA Boston is affiliated with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for their General Practice Residency. The General Practice Residency is a one-year program leading to a VA certificate in Hospital Dentistry, and a Harvard certificate in General Dentistry. The objective of this 52-week program is to provide advanced training in clinical and hospital dentistry. The teaching staff consists of generalists and specialists representing a broad spectrum of dental expertise.  Residents will gain clinical experience and training in preventive dentistry, implantology, periodontics, operative, fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery and pathology. There are required rotations in oral and maxillofacial surgery, anesthesiology, and internal medicine. Lectures, literature reviews, and case presentations are scheduled throughout the year at Harvard and the Boston VA. 

The resident works in the dental clinic or is on duty elsewhere from 8:00AM to 4:30PM each weekday and for such other periods as may be necessary for the care of their patients. The majority of workhours will be spent performing clinical care. The remaining workhours are dedicated to didactic training, research projects (if desired), and community service.

  1. General Dentistry: Develop good clinical skills using ethical decision making in comprehensive treatment planning.
  2. Resident Education: To expand on resident’s existing knowledge and skills in operative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery, and triaging dental emergencies.
  3. Patient Care: To develop referral skills as well as skills in diagnosis, assessment, prevention, health promotion and management of patient needs.
  4. Community service: To develop skills and knowledge to provide dental care and education outside the dental clinic.
  5. Communication: With multidisciplinary team members to address the overall medical needs of the dental patient.
  • Stipends: The current stipend for PGY-1 residents is $68,642. The stipend is subject to annual review.
  • Loans: In-school loan deferment is available for residents.
  • Annual leave: Presently, residents are entitled to 13 days paid leave during the year which may not be taken during the anesthesia and internal medicine rotations. Additional non-paid leave may be granted at the discretion of the program director.
  • Residents must meet the following requirements:
  1. Be citizens of the United States
  2. Graduate from a Dental School accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
  3. Have passed the National Board Examination - Part 1. 
  • All qualified candidates will receive equal consideration without regard to race, religion, sex, politics, marital status and age.

Contact

Maureen Dewey

Dentist Residency Program Director

VA Boston health care

Email: Maureen.Dewey@va.gov

GRECC

Contact

Jennifer Moye

VA Boston health care

Email: jennifer.moye@va.gov

Health Professions Education, Evaluation and Research Fellowship

The VA Boston Healthcare System Health Professions Education, Evaluation and Research (HPEER) Fellowship Program is a 2-year fellowship that will train you to use practice, inquiry, and quality improvement to advance healthcare professional education and become an educational leader.  The VABHS Fellowship will use educational theory, an interprofessional and diverse faculty, strong academic affiliate relationships, and a partnership with the HPEER Coordinating Center to provide an exciting and innovative training experience for fellows.

Fellows can be from any healthcare profession (e.g., physician, nurse, psychologist), including non-clinical professions (e.g., MPH).  Fellows will spend at least 80% of their time working on educational projects.   

As a fellow, you will work with leaders in healthcare professional education to develop novel educational programming, evaluation methods, and educational research.  You will work with several well-established interprofessional educational teams to develop scholarly projects.  HPEER leadership will collaborate with you to develop a customized curriculum to meet your learning goals. 

All fellows will complete a Whole Health education project and additional projects aligned with your interests as part of the following scholarly tracks:  (1) Faculty development programming and educational leadership, (2) Geriatric education, (3) Mental health education, and (4) Quality improvement in education. 

Further, you will be eligible to earn a Masters Degree in education at a discounted rate at affiliated Universities.  Additional details about fellowship eligibility and compensation are available in this document:

Required Documents:

Please send current CV and a letter of interest that describes:

  1. three letters of reference
  2. why you are interested in further training in this fellowship,
  3. prior work in health professions education, evaluation, and research, and
  4. your long-term professional goals to:

David Topor Ph.D., MS-HPEd.

Psychologist

VA Boston health care

Phone: 774-826-1010

Email: david.topor@va.gov

Optometrist

Optometry residency

The VA Boston Residency Program was started in 1979 which makes it one of the oldest Optometry residency programs in existence.  The program has expanded over the years and now consists of 9 total residents, spread out in three different campuses in and around the greater Boston area.  We are affiliated with The New England College of Optometry and have a large network of dozens and dozens of past residents practicing over the country and the world.  

  • Develop the residents’ diagnostic and patient management skills in the care of patients with visual problems, ocular disease and ocular manifestations of systemic disease in a hospital based setting

  • Support the emergency room and respond to emergent consultations 

  • Develop the residents’ ability to function as a member of a health care team through participation in an interdisciplinary health delivery system 

  • Participate in on call off hours emergency eye care coverage  

  • Rotate through ophthalmological clinics (Cornea, Glaucoma, Retina and Uveitis through the VA; Retina through Beth Israel; Post op cataract care at OCB; advanced contact lens at BostonSight)

  • Complete didactic portion of the program: literature review, two CE formal lectures, presentation at AAO, informal care reports, publishable quality manuscript 

  • Annual leave: 13 days

  • Sick leave: 13 days

  • Salary: $38,500 – adjusted yearly

  • Health insurance and life insurance

  • Liability insurance is not needed (covered by the Federal Tort Claims Act)

  • Residency starts on July 1stand runs through June 30th yearly

  • Applicants must be US Citizens

  • Complete the application through the National Matching Service at https://natmatch.com/ormatch/. The deadline is January 31, 2018

  • Submit cover letter, CV, NBEO scores, official transcript and 3 letters of recommendation to application coordinator

Contact

James Aylward OD, FAAO

Associated Chief of Optometry and Application Coordinator

VA Boston health care

Phone: 774-826-1106

Email: James.Aylward@va.gov

Residency in Vision Rehabilitation

The mission of the Optometric Residency in Vision Rehabilitation at the VA Boston Healthcare System is to provide comprehensive training in the delivery of the highest quality, compassionate low vision and brain injury vision rehabilitation services in a multidisciplinary hospital-based environment. The Residency will provide advanced clinical training and opportunities for clinical teaching, educational activities, and didactic learning to cultivate understanding and proficiency in providing full-scope tertiary eye care.  The residency program offers a comprehensive program that includes low vision rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation, vision therapy, and primary eye care. 

Emphasis areas:

  1. Low Vision Rehabilitation 
  2. Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Length of residency: One year, commencing July 1st and ending June 30th of the following year
  • Weekly hours and on-call duties: The resident is responsible for 40 duty hours per week.  Regular clinic hours are M-F, 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excepting emergencies. There are no on-call duties
  • Salary is $39,043
  • Health benefits: Federal insurance benefits are offered through VA
  • Leave: Each pay period (2 weeks), the resident earns 4 hours of annual leave (vacation time) and 4 hours of sick leave, for a total of 13 days paid annual leave and 13 days paid sick leave per year. Official business, such as taking a state licensing exam or attending an educational meeting, can be requested as administrative leave (not charged against annual leave) and is usually granted if not excessive or in conflict with the clinic’s ability to provide patient care
  • Professional liability protection: Resident is covered by the federal tort claims act while practicing at the VA as a United States government employee
  • The resident is required to deliver patient care services at a level deemed satisfactory by the clinical supervisors, and consistent with the rules and regulations governing the Department of Veterans Affairs and the New England College of Optometry
  • The resident is expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing the Department of Veterans Affairs and the New England College of Optometry
  • Maintain a detailed and accurate log of all patient care encounters
  • Complete assigned didactic activities: Friday grand rounds, literature review, NECO residency conferences, TMS trainings
  • Complete assigned scholarly activities: Co-instruct low vision lab at NECO, complete publishable quality paper, complete 2 one-hour CE lectures, submit a poster abstract to AAO or similar conference
  • Periodic evaluations will take place to endure that appropriate progress is being made and that all deficiencies are addressed in a timely manner
  • A certificate of completion from the New England College of Optometry and the Department of Veterans Affairs will be presented upon completion

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/57, Part II, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012
  • Applicants must have earned an OD degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry by the time of entry into residency
  • Applicants must have taken and passed parts I and II of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry prior to the July 1st start date
  • All resident candidates must apply through the National Matching Services application at www.natmatch.com/ormatch. The deadline for submission will be January 31, 2022
  • Applications must include the following:
  1. Cover letter/Letter of Intent
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. NBEO scores (when available)
  4. Official optometry school transcript
  5. 3 letters of recommendation
  • Interviews will be arranged for qualified candidates either face to face or remotely at the discretion of the program supervisors

Contact

Jennifer Gustafson

Residency Coordinator, Advanced Low Vision Clinic

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-364-5543

Email: Jennifer.Gustafson@va.gov

Pharmacist

Geriatric Pharmacy Residency

The VA Boston Healthcare System offers a one-year ASHP-accredited PGY-2 residency in geriatrics. The purpose of this residency program is to prepare the resident for a career in geriatric clinical pharmacy practice.  The graduate of this program will be proficient in optimization of geriatric pharmacotherapy, medication reconciliation and med management in older adults, and intimately familiar with multi-disciplinary team assessment and management of the older patient. 

The resident will receive comprehensive, intense, and individualized training in aspects of geriatrics from dedicated, passionate, and expert pharmacy & geriatric medicine faculty.

  • ​Interprofessional geriatrics clinic 
  • Palliative care
  • Home-based primary care
  • Long-term care
  • Outpatient geriatric mental health
  • Aging research
  • Didactic learning with geriatric medicine fellows through the Harvard Multicampus Geriatrics Fellowship 
  • Primary care pharmacy clinic, with pharmacist as the provider with prescriptive privileges under supervision of a physician
  • Teaching certificate program and teaching rotations (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Tobacco cessation group
  • Interprofessional Pain clinic
  • Additional specialty clinics available depending on interests​
  • ​Longitudinal geriatric residency research or quality improvement project
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Eastern States Conference
  • There is one position available for the PGY2 geriatric pharmacy program.
  • The VA Boston PGY1 program accepts five residents per year, while the PGY2 psychiatric program accepts one resident per year.
  • Approximate stipend of $48,824
  • Health and life insurance offered
  • Paid leave: 13 vacation days, 13 sick days and 10 Federal Holidays
  • Free parking at all three campuses
  • ​United States citizenship
  • PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency
  • Active pharmacist licensure in any US state
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation including one from the program director of applicant's PGY-1 program
  • Complete official transcripts
  • Application submitted via PhORCAS
    NMS code: 672654
    ​Application deadline: January 15th 

Contact

John Roefaro PharmD, BCGP

Geriatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-303-2146

Email: john.roefaro@va.gov

Health System Administration

  • ASHP Leader’s Conference
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Conferences based on resident’s interest and research project 
  • Pharmacy Operations (outpatient and inpatient) 
  • Clinical Management 
  • Personnel Management 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Finance and Budgeting
  • Pharmacy Informatics 
  • Residency Program Development 
  • Leadership Development 
  • Longitudinal research or quality improvement project 
  • Chief Resident Duties
  • United States citizenship 
  • PharmD degree from an ACPE- accredited college of pharmacy
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency
  • Active pharmacist licensure in any US state
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation including one from the program director of applicant’s PGY-1 program
  • Complete official transcripts
  • Application submitted via PhORCAS
    NMS code: 613963
    Application deadline: TBD
  • Onsite interview
  • Approximate stipend: $48,824
  • Health and life insurance offered
  • Paid leave: 13 vacation days and 13 sick days
  • 10 federal holidays
  • Free parking at all three campuses

Contact

Marci Salow PharmD, BCGP

Chief of Pharmacy and Residency Program Director

VA Boston health care

Phone: 617-485-8457

Email: marci.salow@va.gov

Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency

Affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard University Medical School, the medical center is a tertiary care referral center for the VA in the Northeast. The three medical centers and five community based outpatient clinics serve as a training site for undergraduate and graduate students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University and Northeastern University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health. The VA Medical Center in Boston is one of seven National Centers of Excellence for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program conducted by the VA Boston Healthcare System primarily in Brockton, MA is accredited by ASHP.

  • Orientation —1 month 

  • Inpatient Psychiatry — 3 months

  • Outpatient Mental Health (to include General Mental Health and Clozapine Clinic) — 3 months, longitudinal

  • Substance Use Disorders — 1 month

  • Geriatrics — 1 month

  • Neurology — 1 month

  • Primary Care Behavioral Health

  • Geriatric Mental Health

  • Management

  • Academia

  • Pain

  • Consult Liaison Service

  • Urgent Care

  • Residential Programs (Substance Use or PTSD)

  • Approximate stipend of $50,353
  • Health and life insurance offered
  • Paid leave: 13 vacation days, 13 sick days and 11 Federal holidays
  • Free parking at all three campuses
  • United States Citizenship
  • Pharm.D. Degree from an ACPE - Accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Completion of an ASHP - Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Active Pharmacist Licensure
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (One of which is from the Current Residency Program Director)
  • Complete Official Transcripts
  • Application submitted Via PhORCAS on or before December 26, 2021, NMS code: 755866 
  • Interview
  • Notes: This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. This program does not early commit.

Contact

Ilona Almeida Pharm.D., BCPP

Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Director

VA Boston health care

Phone: 617-581-3247

Email: ilona.almeida@va.gov

Pharmacy Residency

The VA Boston Healthcare System offers a one-year ASHP-accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency. The purpose of this residency program is to provide robust training in various care settings. The graduate will be proficient in the optimization of pharmacotherapy, medication reconciliation, practice management and intimately familiar with multi-disciplinary team assessment and management of the complex, veteran patients.

The pharmacy resident is assigned to various experiences that will emphasize pharmaceutical care. The pharmacy resident must be a licensed pharmacist with a PharmD degree. The license is required for the resident to perform any independent functions of a pharmacist. The pharmacy resident is responsible for providing pharmaceutical care to patients seen in the various areas of the clinics and hospital. The pharmacy resident will strive to consistently provide pharmaceutical care to all patients and should optimize patient care outcomes. The pharmacy resident will strive to develop his/her skills as fully as possible in the one year of the training program. The pharmacy resident must be sensitive and concerned about what our customers believe is good service and attempt to meet or exceed their expectations.

Residents are exposed to a wide variety of additional experiences and opportunities. VABHS has strong relationships that provide teaching opportunities with two pharmacy schools in Boston: Northeastern University and MCPHS University.  There is also an optional teaching certificate program available which networks with other programs in Boston.

The residency requires a year-long research project, which can be assigned or designed based on the interests of the resident.  Each resident is paired with a project preceptor with research experience to mentor them through the process. Residents are also responsible for obtaining approval for their research.  These projects are presented at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Conference for Residents and Preceptors and a finished, publication-ready manuscript is prepared at the end of the residency year.

  • Primary Care Clinic
  • Anticoagulation Clinic (Outpt)
  • Inpatient General Medicine
  • Management

PGY-1 residents at VABHS have flexibility with rotation choices and elective experiences.  During the 12 week ambulatory blocks, the residents will spend a minimum of two days in primary care clinic, one day in anticoagulation clinic and the remaining time devoted to educational activities, electives and staffing.  During more intensive, 4-week blocks, the resident focuses on a single experience.  The required 4-week blocks are inpatient general medicine and management. 

Four-Week Experiences:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Critical Care
  • Inpatient Anticoagulation
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Hospital in Home (HIH)
  • Oncology
  • Teaching (inpatient)

Once Weekly, Twelve-Week Experiences:

  • Oncology
  • Mental Health
  • Palliative Care
  • Renal/Geriatrics
  • Teaching (ambulatory care)
  • Shared Medical Appointments
  • Transitions of Care
  • Heart Failure Clinic
  • Medication Use and Evaluation

  • Staff Development Presentations / CE

  • Practice Management

  • Teaching Certificate Program

  • One weekend per month in inpatient pharmacy
  • One major/minor holiday
  • Four hours per week in inpatient or outpatient pharmacy
  • Note: Staffing requirements are included as part of the stipend
  •  To be submitted via PhORCAS,  Program Code 136713
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three standard recommendations
  • Letter of intent/personal statement:
  • Official transcript  from college of pharmacy
  • Application Deadline: 12/30/21
  • Applicants invited to interview will do so in person before February 28
  • Candidates will be interviewed by the Residency Program Director, as well as selected preceptors and residents
  • The applicants will be independently rated using standardized criteria
  • Selection for interviews will be made by a committee consisting of the Program Director and selected preceptors
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of pharmacy or eligible for graduation before July 1; GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Licensed pharmacist or eligible for licensure in any US state before November 1

Contact

Bryan Wood Pharm.D.

PGY1 Residency Program Director

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-364-4310

Email: bryan.wood@va.gov

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service

Overview:

Neurologic Residency Program

The VA Boston Healthcare System (VA BHS) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services (PM&RS) Physical Therapy Department is proud to offer a year-long residency for licensed physical therapists with an interest in advancing their level of knowledge and efficacy of practice in neurology with the intent of becoming American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) certified in Neurology. The neurologic residency program is supported through the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and has been accredited by the American Board of Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) since 2017. The neurologic resident will be strongly supported with experienced mentors with ABPTS and other specialty certifications.

 Residents will provide physical therapy care at the West Roxbury campus in the Spinal Cord Injury unit, Acute Care and Acute Rehab wards and the outpatient department. The resident will participate in clinical hours in pediatrics at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. To ensure exposure to all facets of living with a neurologic condition, the resident may participate in a week-long service program as a residential aide at Empower SCI or at a VA sponsored adaptive sports event.

As didactic learning is critical to supplement clinical care, the resident will have access to Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium webinars, on site educational opportunities and mentor teach back sessions. In turn, the resident utilizes teaching skills as student journal club moderator and lab assistant at Northeastern University.

Geriatrics Residency (In Candidacy Program):

VA BHS is currently in candidacy status with ABPTRFE for a new geriatrics residency program. Applicants for this program should have a strong interest in providing care for veterans with complex medical and psychosocial conditions and interested in attaining ABPTS in Geriatrics. This position will be primarily stationed at the Brockton campus, with rotations at the Community Living Center, Outpatient Clinics, Interprofessional Geriatrics Clinic and Acute Care at the West Roxbury location.

Residents will have support from high quality mentorship and didactic learning with a curriculum targeted in meeting the needs of aging veterans. Residents will have access to a Medbridge Education subscription, APTA Geriatric Focus for Physical Therapists, APTA and the APTA Advanced Competency in Home Health. The Geriatrics Residency intends to admit one resident July of 2022.

*ABPTRFE has granted VA Boston Healthcare System Geriatrics Residency candidacy status.

Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program

Orthopaedic Residency Program (Developing Program):

VA BHS has recently received OAA approval for residency expansion into orthopaedics with the intent to admit one resident July 2023. This residency program will highlight the effects of rehab on function, recreation, and work-related tasks on veterans with orthopaedic injuries. The program will be supported with mentorship and didactics specific to orthopaedic practice. Residents in this position will be stationed at the outpatient clinics at the Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury campuses as well in as the Emergency Department.

Residency Program Requirements:

All applicants must be a US citizen, graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program and have a valid physical therapy license within one month of residency start date (NPTE July test dates). Residents will participate in at least 150 mentoring hours per year and 300 didactic learning hours. Residents will be required to maintain 30 hours of direct patient care per week.

  • Paid stipend
  • Medical insurance
  • Paid holidays, sick and annual leave
  • Access to VA Learning Library, Medbridge Education subscription
  • Preserved didactic learning time
  • On and off-site additional learning opportunities

 

Neurologic Residency Mission Statement:

to advance clinical knowledge and practice for physical therapists with a strong interest in neurologic physical therapy management through an evidence-based curriculum, comprehensive education, rigorous mentoring, and training with specialist clinicians to provide exceptional care to our veterans thereby improving function, maintaining independence, and enabling them to live their best lives. The program will support the mission of the VA and promote continuous improvement and strategic initiatives

Vision: To be national leaders in neurologic care.

Geriatrics Residency Mission Statement:

to advance clinical knowledge and practice for geriatric physical therapists in physical therapy management for older adults through an evidence-based curriculum, comprehensive education, rigorous mentoring and training with specialist clinicians to provide exceptional care to our nation's aging veterans thereby improving function, maintaining independence, health and well-being across all phases of life. The program will support the mission of the VA and promote continuous improvement and strategic initiatives

Orthopaedic Residency Mission Statement:

to advance clinical knowledge and practice for orthopaedic physical therapists in physical therapy management for those with orthopaedic conditions through an evidence-based curriculum, comprehensive education, rigorous mentoring and training with specialist clinicians to provide exceptional care to our nation's veterans to support high level performance and an active healthy lifestyle in all facets life. The program will support the mission of the VA and promote continuous improvement and strategic initiatives

  1. provide education that will allow the resident to develop competency in clinical, didactic and professional skills upon completion of the residency program
  2. achieve and maintain ABPTRFE accreditation
  3. provide supportive and adequately trained mentoring staff to contribute to the development of resident advanced practice
  4. create a resident caseload with diagnostic diversity covering the entirety of the required medical conditions as noted in the Description of Residency Practice
  5. provide exceptional and advanced physical therapy service to veterans in all levels of care and in all phases of life
  6. maintain VA return on investment in residency education and therefore program sustainability 
  7. instill leadership qualities in graduates that span across the physical therapy field through professional development and mentorship
To apply for the residency programs:

All neurologic residency candidates must complete a full application package through RF PTCAS (https://rfptcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login), participate in interview process and if selected, submit all VA required paperwork.

All interested applicants with questions about the residency programs can reach out to Jayna.Rogers@va.gov (awaiting on IT to create an email distribution group)

Summary of Achievements and Outcomes:
  1. 100% residency program graduation rate. 4 of 4 graduates have achieved American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy. 100% past residents are working in the neurology field of physical therapy. 5th resident to take specialty exam in March 2022.
  2. 2020 graduating resident has taken an employee opportunity at the VA in Milwaukee, reinforcing the VA’s return on investment where trainees join the VA employee workforce.
  3. Based on program infrastructure, faculty and past successes within residency education, OAA and VA Boston’s DEO have approved adding a neuro resident beginning AY2023 (July 2022).
  4. All residents have passed all grading requirements, including residency competencies, journal club and inservice assessments, live patient exams and final written exams in each designated setting (Spinal Cord Injury, Acute Care and Acute Rehab, and outpatient).
  5. The residency program continues to use telemedicine within the residency curriculum to reach veterans living a distance from VA Boston but also to participate in group exercise programming for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
  6. Mentoring team continues to meet all required mentoring competencies, participate in yearly continuing education with emphasis on improving mentoring skills and efficacy. Mentoring team has implemented 5 Microskills of Clinical Preceptor Teaching consistently into sessions and documented in mentoring paperwork to maintain consistency and manage resident expectations throughout the residency year. Experienced mentors in the neuro team are preparing to assist with training new mentors in the geriatrics and orthopaedics residency programs.

 

Contact

Jayna Rogers PT, DPT

Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Site Coordinator of Clinical Education & Residency Program Director

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-203-6769

Email: Jayna.Rogers@va.gov

Jessica Allen PT, DPT

Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist, Neurologic Residency Program Coordinator

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-203-6524

Email: Jessica.Allen@va.gov

Kathryn Foy PT, DPT

Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Geriatrics Residency Program Coordinator

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-203-5242

Email: Kathryn.Foy@va.gov

Physician

Behavioral Neurology/Neuropsychiatry/Geriatric Neurology Fellowship Program

The VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University/Boston Medical Center have several fellowship programs available for neurologists and psychiatrists who are interested advanced training in Behavioral Neurology, Neuropsychiatry or Geriatric Neurology. 

Several training programs are available. The Behavioral Neurology/Neuropsychiatry program is accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS), and can focus on clinical training or combined clinical and research training. There is also a research-track focus in which fellows spend approximately 75% of their time on research. 

The program core faculty body includes behavioral neurologists, other specialist neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, other specialist psychiatrists, and neuropsychologists. The fellowship provides an interprofessional and multidisciplinary training environment with access to clinics in memory disorders, neuropsychiatry, traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, ALS, stroke, epilepsy, and neuropsychology, in addition to the inpatient psychiatry consultation-liaison service. The standard fellowship is 2 years, although there is the opportunity for both a shorter, 1-year, clinically focused fellowship and a 3-year research track. Applications are being accepted now for current and future years.

 The rotations provide experience in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry disorders including geriatric, neurodevelopmental, and neuropsychiatric disorders, causes of mild cognitive impairment and dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, along with rarer disorders (PSP, PPA, CBD, PCA), movement disorders, cerebrovascular disorders, epilepsy, and brain tumors.

 You will be able to attend formal didactics including topics such as principles of neurobiology, nervous system development and aging, higher cortical functions, anatomy and function of brain systems, learning and memory, sleep, clinical manifestations of brain behavior disorders, the clinical assessment of patients with behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry conditions, the neuropsychological assessment, diagnostic studies (neurophysiology, neuroimaging, sleep studies), psychopharmacology, and neurotherapeutics (e.g. deep brain stimulation, vagal nerve stimulation, rapid transcranial magnetic stimulation).

You will also learn the fundamentals of neuropsychology testing administration and interpretation including attending biweekly neuropsychology seminars, which will include case conferences and lectures in the major areas of neuropsychology.

 Additionally, you will be able to attend some of our monthly neuropathology brain cutting sessions, monthly chronic traumatic encephalopathy consensus rounds, and weekly Alzheimer’s disease center case consensus meetings.

Through your fellowship, the faculty will strongly encourage you to develop your own clinical and research interests as you access nationally and internationally recognized clinicians and researchers within the faculty. Current areas of research available to fellows encompass basic cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology of neurodegenerative diseases, functional neuroimaging, EEG event-related potentials, epidemiology, genetics, false memories, cognitive strategies, and cognitive rehabilitation.

​Individual weekly supervision with behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry faculty will provide you with the opportunity to discuss clinical cases or specific topics more in depth. You will also meet with the program director to cover issues ranging from patient care to career development. At the end of the fellowship, you will be well-positioned for a career focusing on academic medicine as a physician scientist and/or cutting-edge clinical care of those with cognitive and behavioral disorders.

  • Curriculum vita
  • Personal statement 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Please email copies of your application materials to the program director, Dr. Andrew Budson, at abudson@bu.edu

  • Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee throughout the year

  • Prospective fellows will be invited to interview on a rolling-basis, and will start the fellowship in July of following year

  • We thank you again for your interest and look forward to receiving your application

Contacts

Andrew E. Budson M.D.

Chief, Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-364-6184

Email: andrew.budson@va.gov

Mark Knobel MD, PhD

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-364-4750

Email: Mark.Knobel@va.gov

Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant Training Program

The VA Boston Physician Assistant (PA) Training Program has been integral part of the six Boston and surrounding area PA Programs for more than a decade. Our focus is to offer exceptional clinical training opportunities in all areas of medicine, surgery and mental health as it relates to caring for our Veterans. We primary take part in the clinical phase of a 2-year Master’s level PA program which requires PA students to rotate in 8 areas of medicine, surgery and mental health in addition to specialty electives as part of their full time clinical training in their final year of PA education.

​PA’s are trained in a team based approach to medicine and have the ability to practice in any specialty upon graduation from pediatrics to neurosurgery. Our PA trainees have the opportunity to interact and learn from nearly all professions at all levels in our medical center being the largest training facility in VHA nationwide. Our goal at VA Boston is to train every PA student for practice and how to care for our unique veteran population. We accomplish this by allowing them to become an integral part of our patient care teams, not simply observation. Our highly qualified and experienced PA preceptors who supervise our students encompass not only PA’s but our MD and NP colleagues. We realize the importance of each professions training and input as well as being acutely familiar with the depth and breadth of knowledge that is the PA Profession and our PA training which aligns with that of the medical model. 

As Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary medicine move rapidly to the forefront of our language and practice in Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) the PA profession is unique in that it has never trained in a silo. Our profession was born out of the MD-PA team and work closely with all other professions including NP, SW, PT, OT, Psychology, Pharmacy and many more in all areas of practice. Our PA training program has adapted to this transition over the past few years as other healthcare professions are now adopting similar integration models by inviting other professions and trainees alike to directly participate in planned PA training activities. Learning activities for which all professions could gain knowledge of not only the patients they are caring for but the scope of practice of other involved in the patient care team. Such activities would include Interprofessional participation in daily patient rounds, morning report and team meetings, as well as lecture series and discussion sessions offered as part of our ongoing educational curriculum. We have also offered to our PA program affiliates the opportunity to bring these Interprofessional teams back to the classroom in the form of providing workshops to further expand their knowledge.

​One of our goals at VA Boston is to be able to not only provide the best possible care to our Veteran population but to recruit the finest and most highly qualified candidates and often this comes from such programs as our VA Boston PA trainees and affiliates.

To learn more about these programs and other PA educational activities at VA Boston HS please contact:

Laura Fiore PA-C

Director of PA Education

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-364-2692

Email: Laura.Fiore@va.gov

Veteran to PA Program

An important and exciting opportunity exists at the VA Boston Healthcare System working with our Veterans interested in a career as a Physician Assistant. The program addresses two of the country’s critical needs:

  1.  A shortage of Primary Care and Mental Health providers/physician assistants

  2.  Serious employment and career development challenges for Veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan

Who is eligible?

This program is open to those Veterans whom have already been accepted into one of our five Boston-area PA Program affiliates and places them in a VA-focused clinical experience at VA Boston.

We are also looking to assist Veterans who are interested in a career as a PA but do not currently meet the minimum criteria for application into an accredited PA Program. We are here to help and have a team of VA faculty whom are our veteran mentors and affiliate institutions faculty who will be able to provide specific guidance as to the educational requirements as it relates to the successful submission of a CASPA application, PA Program interview and the acceptance process.

When applicable based on institutional review, Veteran candidates may also be eligible to receive college credits for military/life experience as well as applicable college credits via ACES program.

  • Veterans and the VHA are the direct beneficiaries of this unique program.

  • Partnering Veteran PA Students with experienced VA Clinical Faculty and PA Program Veteran Mentors throughout Veterans PA Education

  • Locating additional academic and financial resources available to Veterans to increase PA Program enrollment opportunities, including:

  1. On-line pre-requisites offered by partnered institutions

  2. ACES – College credit for Military coursework and certifications

  3. Yellow Ribbon Program offered by Academic Affiliates

  4. Office of Academic Administration Stipend Program

  • Veterans Preference - Increased employment opportunities within VHA

  • Clinical practicum experiences may begin in year 1 of the PA program at VA Boston Healthcare System with experienced VA faculty Veteran mentors

  • A preparatory-PA training program to be offered by PA Program affiliates providing online pre-requisite coursework concurrent with the mentoring program at local VA facility for students accepted into pre-PA phase of program

  • Veteran PA Applicants who meet the minimum PA Program pre-requisites to be granted automatic interview with selected PA Program affiliates

  • Veteran PA students enrolled in program will be offered a minimum of 3 clinical rotations at VA Boston up to maximum of 6 during the clinical year. Stipends to be granted based on funding availability

  • Seek opportunities for clinical practicum sites to be expanded to other VA facilities in VISN 1 where the students reside

Contact

Laura Fiore PA-C

Director of PA Education

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-364-2692

Email: Laura.Fiore@va.gov

Psychiatry Chief Resident in Quality and Safety (CRQS) Position

Open at VA Boston Healthcare System

The VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) seeks a Psychiatry Chief Resident in Quality and Safety (CRQS)

The CRQS will

  • Have a PGY-V-level placement at VABHS
  • Develop expertise in quality improvement, patient safety, and organizational leadership as they pertain to high-reliability health care systems
  • Participate in and contribute to a structured didactic curriculum led by national leaders in quality and safety, specifically designed for CRQSs at VA sites across the country
  • Lead a quality improvement project of high priority to VABHS, with opportunities to present the effort at conferences and through publications
  • Educate residents, fellows, and the larger VABHS community on recommended practices and emerging topics related to health care quality and safety
  • Network with local, regional, and national quality and patient safety leadership and peers
  • Gain a valuable skillset that will foster a unique career path in medicine
  • Practice psychiatry as a licensed independent practitioner within VABHS in the area of their choosing
    • No call
    • Moonlighting approved at VABHS

Former CRQS program graduates are clinical and administrative leaders in health care systems both within and outside VA, putting to use their CRQS training to actively shape their system’s delivery of high-quality care.

To learn more about this unique training opportunity, please email Dr. D. Marcela Ramirez (Site Director, VA Boston Psychiatry CRQS Program) at deisy.ramirez@va.gov.

Psychiatry Residency Training Program - VA Boston & Harvard South Shore

Welcome to Harvard South Shore (HSS), one of five ACGME-accredited four-year psychiatry residencies affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Our program combines the stable and expanding financial sponsorship of the VA Boston Healthcare System with diverse training at Harvard-affiliated sites to prepare residents for careers in any healthcare setting. HSS is a medium sized program (8 residents per year), which optimizes personal career development. 
 
At Harvard South Shore we cultivate the development of psychiatrists who are dedicated to evidence-based, compassionate, patient-centered care, innovative research, and global leadership. By mobilizing Harvard and VA resources, and drawing upon our diverse backgrounds, we generate a supportive environment for academic excellence that fosters superior clinical care and discovery. 
 
The Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Training Program (HSS) prepares residents for highly rewarding careers in psychiatry. Our program philosophy is that graduating physicians need strong training not only in the fundamentals of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and pharmacology, but also in research literacy, teaching skills, and leadership development. Across the four years of residency, residents’ aptitude in each of these domains builds significantly. 
 
HSS has a five-dimension approach Research, Teaching, Leadership, Pharmacology and Psychotherapy. This five-dimension approach sets us apart from other training programs as we have strong programs in each. Beyond our strong didactic and experiential learning curriculum, HSS is exceptional in its commitment to diversity. Our residents come from a variety of backgrounds and each resident brings unique talents and strengths which create a vibrant, supportive educational environment. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Deisy Ramirez MD

Interim Program Director

VA Boston health care

Phone: 774-826-2458

Email: deisy.ramirez@va.gov

Amanda Pereira

Program Administrator

VA Boston health care

Phone: 774-826-2456

Email: Amanda.Pereira@va.gov

Social Worker

The VA BHS MSW Training Program has academic affiliations with Boston College, Boston University, Simmons, Bridgewater State, and Salem State Schools of Social Work.  As a teaching facility, the VA BHS provides a full range of inpatient, residential, vocational and outpatient services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.

The VA BHS provides the critical foundation upon which trainees build their expertise in social worker during their transitional year into professional practice.

  1. ​Prepare resume

  2. Collect unofficial transcripts

  3. Complete VHA Healthcare Interest Form

  4. Contact your Field Education Advisor at the affiliated school

  5. School Field Advisor will submit your documents on your behalf to:
    Jocelyn Holguin , LICSW, Jocelyn.holguin@va.gov
    Stephanie Saunders, LICSW, Stephanie.saunders@va.gov

  6. Deadline: January 25 (applications are closed)

  7. Program start: August 

  • This is a 2nd year field placement. Traditional start, Aug-May
  • Clinical rotations are supplemented with didactic sessions, Grand Rounds, Brown Bags and other learning experiences
  • The program includes integrated didactic sessions monthly with Licensed Social Workers
  • Clinical Rotations: Inpatient Psychiatry; Outpatient Psychiatry; Addiction Psychiatry; Psychiatric Emergency; Neurology; Substance Treatment Programs & Geropsychiatry; and more
  • Trainees are assigned a Field Instructor to act as a resource and provide support as they transition to being an autonomous and competent social worker
  • Upon successful completion of the training, a certificate of completion is awarded
  • Candidates who successfully complete the training program will be given the opportunity to apply to available vacancies at the VA BHS
  • ​U.S Citizens
  • Attending an Accredited Graduate School of Social Work
  • Entering 2nd/Final year of Field Education Placement
  • Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background & Security Investigation required
  • Pass pre-trainee physical examination
  • Pass TB testing
  • ​​Stipend for 500 hours of training
  • Train at the largest MSW training
  • program nationally

Contacts

Jocelyn Holguin LICSW

Social Work Training Program Coordinator

VA Boston health care

Phone: 617-276-4581

Email: jocelyn.holguin@va.gov

Stephanie Saunders LICSW

Social Work Training Program Coordinator

VA Boston health care

Phone: 774-826-3805

Email: stephanie.saunders@va.gov

Speech Language Pathologist

“I think I’ll go to Boston…” VA BOSTON HEALTHCARE CF Positions 2022-2023

The VA Boston Healthcare System announces TWO Clinical Fellowship (CF) positions for the coming Fiscal Year.  The starting date will be within the time frame of July through September of the current year negotiable depending on the availability of the successful candidate.


Recruitment begins NOW.  Applications will be accepted through February 09.

The appointment is 12 months, 2080 hours.

Each stipend is $43,897 + benefits = Total: $51,874

TWO full-time, one-year (12 month) CF positions available.

*must be a US Citizen for this opportunity. 

*Applicants with a strong academic background in adult anatomy, cognitive-communication disorders, dysphagia, evidence-based practice, language disorders, neuroscience, neurogenic communication disorders, and voice are preferred.

*Health Professions Trainees (CFs) onboarded/hired on or after November 22, 2021, must be fully vaccinated (or an approved exception) before beginning employment and/or training rotations with VA.

1.  A cover letter of interest in the position

2.  A Vitae/Resume

3.  Experience Document 2020 (see link below)

4.  Two signed letters of recommendation (emailed in packet by candidate or separately by reference)

Call me with any questions.  We will accept completed applications ONLY (cover letter, resume, references, and experience document) and emailed as one document packet, from right now through COB February 09 and then pick the top 6-8 candidates from those for interview starting around February 28 with a plan to complete interviews, finalize the process, selecting two candidates on or around March 18.  

Tentative start date is July through September.   We intend to offer TWO distinct experiences with opportunity to share populations and settings for limited prescribed intervals.  One focus will be on Transitional (Geriatric) Care (Brockton), one focus on Rehab/Acute Care (West Roxbury).

VA Boston Healthcare System provides more traineeships to budding healthcare professionals than any VA in the country great opportunity for inter-professional experience.  VABHS is the largest consolidated facility in VISN 1, encompasses 3 main campuses and our staff consists of 6.0 FTE. The consolidated facility consists of the outpatient specialty Jamaica Plain Campus (Outpatient Voice Clinic, ALS Clinic), located in the heart of Boston’s Longwood Medical Community; the tertiary care West Roxbury Campus, located on the Dedham line; and the transitional care Brockton Campus, located 20 miles south of Boston.

Thanks for your interest, time, and consideration. 

Note: Send application and references electronically as a single packet (required).

References can also be accepted directly from the referring party if needed. 

Email all applications to: Gary D. Gramigna, Speech Pathology Supervisor at: gary.gramigna@va.gov

Contact

Gary D. Gramigna M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Pathology Supervisor (126)

VA Boston health care

Phone: 857-203-6776

Email: gary.gramigna@va.gov