This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, 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 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Additional Requirement: 1. The physician must be board eligible in General Psychiatry. If not yet board certified, the applicant is expected to satisfactorily complete board certification within two years of hiring. 2. Internship accredited by the American Psychiatric Association. 3. If assigned to the Buprenorphine Clinic, a DEA waiver to prescribe Buprenorphine is required. 4. Supervision of Residents in Training Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: See VA Directives and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer 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)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting\nTelework: Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. General Description of Assigned Duties: The psychiatrist will provide psychiatric evaluations, follow up care and medication management. The psychiatrist will be fully qualified, credentialed and privileged to function in the clinical role assigned. This individual is delegated the authority and responsibility to assume clinical, consultative, educational and administrative duties and assignments related to the care of mental health outpatients. The psychiatrist must be skilled in general outpatient psychiatry, including diagnostic evaluations, pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. He/she should be competent in the management of individuals with a broad range of clinical symptoms, including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, substance use disorders, and mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders. The psychiatrist will serve as a collaborative member of a multidisciplinary team in managing an outpatient panel. The position may include administrative responsibilities, teaching and supervising students and residents as applicable. Functions or Scope of Assigned Duties: The following description covers the most significant duties performed but does not exclude other assigned responsibilities.\nClinical:\n1. The primary focus of practice is the clinical management of patients assigned.\n2. Maintain effective relationships with other team members to determine and meet the social, environmental, economic and psychological needs of the patient.\n3. Participates as a key member of the patient care team to formulate treatment plans and monitor patient progress. Involvement with both, psychiatric and medical treatments.\n4. Utilizes and promotes approved standards of care, procedures, methods, techniques, safety precautions, and protocols in their application to treatment and management of acute and chronic mental illnesses for psychiatric outpatients.\n5. Provides and/or recommends medication management and individual and group psychotherapies as clinically indicated. Primary treatment modality will be medication management.\n6. Collaborates with other health care system resources to insure continuity of care.\n7. Keeps abreast of the latest trends, skills, procedures, equipment and protocols relevant to the care of patients.\n8. Facilitates the care of patients as well as their entry and exit from various health care systems by establishing and maintaining liaison with a variety of medical professionals and associated staff.\n9. Recording pertinent findings, impressions and plan of care in the patient's medical record for all patient encounters. This will generally be in the form of diagnostic interviews for new patients and progress notes for existing patients.\n10. Order laboratory tests, imaging studies, and psychological tests, and utilize the results in clinical decision-making.\n11. Provides coverage when peer is absent from the clinic to maintain continuity of clinical services.\n12. Other clinical duties as assigned by the supervising physician including resident supervision. Administrative/Education:\n1. Promotes and participates in the delivery of patient and family health care education.\n2. Attends conferences and committee meetings as assigned by the supervising physician.\n3. Participates, directs, and provides opportunities for staff development through in-service education if requested.\n4. Facilitates responses/actions to patient inquires, including forms, regarding care and treatment received.\n5. Assures self-development responsibilities and maintains current knowledge of trends in the management of patients. Completes educational and training requirements in a timely manner.\n6. Supervises assigned trainees and provides them with meaningful educational experiences.\n7. Other administrative and/or educational duties as assigned by the supervising physician. Work Schedule: 8:00AM - 4:30PM - Monday - Friday"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.