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What is the landscape like for pathologists working in the VA system. I have heard that the $$ is more than academics but less than PP. Also, that there are great benefits and lots of vacation time. Is that true? Does anyone have any first hand information?
 

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Pathology....the only field that gets excited about a VA job. Join up med students, you could work at a VA!!!!
 

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Actually this was a real question, not a political jab. I am considering applying for a VA job and I was just wondering what the situation was.
 

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Lots of people like VA jobs (to suggest that is limited to some pathologists is incorrect), a lot of the time it is because of work hours and benefits - especially the way things are these days, having a government-backed set of benefits and pension is very comforting. Plus, the patient population appeals to people. A lot of VA positions are academic jobs or pseudo-academic jobs, so the pay may not be that much different (but some benefits may be better in the long run). I doubt that there is more vacation time though.

The best would be to talk to a VA pathologist - listening to someone badmouth a VA whose only experience is peripheral is generally not helpful.
 

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Yes, I am curious what the salary is they are offering 2121115. My impression has always been that they are paid less than an academic of similar experience (though admittedly it seems that my institution is on the high end for academic compensation).
 

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Yes, I am curious what the salary is they are offering 2121115. My impression has always been that they are paid less than an academic of similar experience (though admittedly it seems that my institution is on the high end for academic compensation).
Me too. I can't imagine that they would make less than an academic of similar experience. I looked at the VA website and the low end starting salary (aka right out of training) for a pathologist (of the ones that posted a salary range) was $155k. Given that it would be uncommon for an academic to start this high I would think that they would make a little more than academics, but I'm not really sure.

I'm just trying to see what options are out there and what is available.
 

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I know someone who just started a VA job in which she has a joint appointment with an academic institution. She says her salary and benefits are better than they would be if she had done full academic, and she also has the academic title and research opportunities. For the right person I think it's a good deal.
 

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I would also be interested to know about what the VA has to offer.

I know that you do not have to be licensed in the state you work in for the VA (you just need a license in some state).
 

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I know several pathologists who landed nice sinecured VA jobs. The benefits, cushy schedule and job security go a long way to off-setting the lower pay. Time off for educational conferences is not great, however. Check it out.