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Physician-Supervisory Psychiatrist

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Waco
Posted on: July 28, 2020

Job Description:

At the discretion of the Service, this Position may be considered for Telework as needed.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans! The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. .

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.This is an OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. This position is announced until filled. Candidates may be referred upon application or as requested.

Major duties and responsibilities include:


  • Performs psychiatric evaluations for a diverse population, including geriatric and post deployment combat Veterans, who are mentally ill and have psychosocial issues such as homelessness, unemployment, and poor family support network.
  • Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including diagnostic assessment, medication evaluation and management, suicide risk assessments, crisis intervention, and overall care of patients with psychiatric disorders.
  • Ensures practice of psychiatric medicine is consistent with TJC, CARF, HIPPA, VA policies and procedures, clinical practice guidelines, national statutes and regulations, medical record documentation, and mandatory continuing education.
  • Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.
  • The Psychiatrist may serve as a mental health team leader with responsibilities for coordinating consults and triage of specialty clinic referrals.
  • Participates effectively in team meetings and treatment planning conferences, and collaborates with multidisciplinary team members that enhances coordination of comprehensive patient care.
  • Orders diagnostic tests and consultations, and discriminates between normal and abnormal findings and makes appropriate treatment decisions.
  • May participate in supervision and teaching in support of the psychiatric residency program, performs on call duties, and performs other directly related duties as assigned.
  • Areas which the psychiatrist is assigned and has clinical privileges to practice may include depression, anxiety, psychosis, PTSD, substance abuse, and other psychiatric disorders in various clinical settings (outpatient, inpatient, ED).
  • Psychiatric clinical care will be provided by face-to-face encounters or via using the VA Video Connect Modality.
  • Performs other directly related duties as assigned.


    IF PATIENT NEEDS ARISE, THE INCUMBENT OF THE ABOVE POSITION MAY BE REASSIGNED WITH THE CENTRAL TEXAS VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Financial Disclosure: Not Required

    This is a non-bargaining unit position.

    Recruitment/Relocation: Not Autorized.

    Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases.

    Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 10 paid Federal holidays per year.

    Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA.

    Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement).

    Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory.

    CME: Possible $1,000 per year stipend + possible 1 week paid authorized absence to attend.

    Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided.

    Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting.

    Take a look at VA's Top 20 Reasons Doctors Enjoy Working at VA and VHA Physician's BrochureApplicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

    The individual must qualify to perform duties as a physician, have completed an accredited residency and/or possess experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision. Staff physicians may also include attendings who train physician residents assigned in facilities with residency training programs, and consultants who are capable of giving authoritative views and opinions on subjects in their field of medicine.

    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. Approved Schools are:








          • (1) Schools of medicine accredited 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 the requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant.




          • 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.
          • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
          • Board Certification: Physicians are generally not required to be board certified for employment in VA; however, three circumstances in VA require physician board certification: If the position being filled is required to be board certified by virtue of specific VHA policy (for example, as director of a cardiac catheterization laboratory or Director of Clinical Laboratory Medicine), then VHA policy requiring board certification will apply.]
          • Proficiency in spoken and written English.


            Preferred Experience: Board Certified or Board Eligible Psychiatrist. 5+ years of experience working with patients in an acute inpatient unit or serious mental illness unit, previous administrative supervision of staff, functions and works well on interdisciplinary teams.

            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: In Accordance With VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), Heavy carrying (45 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1-2 hours), standing (1-2 hours), repeat bending (1-2 hours), near vision correctable to 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20, ability to distinguish and colors, ability to distinguish shades and colors, hearing (aid permitted), emotional/mental stability, working inside and outside, working closely with others, working alone, working with hands in water, protracted or irregular hours of work, slippery or uneven walking surfaces.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Waco , Physician-Supervisory Psychiatrist, Healthcare , Waco, Texas

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