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: Current and Unrestricted Medical License Successful completion of ACGME accredited Psychiatry Residency Board Certified/Eligible in Psychiatry Proficient in Spoken and Written English Preferred Experience: Recent Outpatient/inpatient adult psychiatric healthcare experience Minimum 1 year supervisory experience 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: Light lifting ( under 15 pounds), Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in other, Both eyes required, emotional/mental stability. Environmental Factors: Dry atmospheric conditions, Working closely with others, Working alone ["The Chief, Psychiatry is responsible for clinical operations relative to the Psychiatry Services within the Alaska VA Healthcare System. The Chief, Psychiatry provides discipline specific leadership and supervision, either directly or indirectly, to providers of Mental Health Medications/Psychiatric staff. The Chief Psychiatry must maintain clinical privileges and clinical competencies by providing psychiatric services at some or all of the Alaska VA Healthcare System care sites as part of their duties via Telemental Health. The percent of their overall time spent in direct patient care shall be .20 or as determined by the ACOS of Mental Health. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Telework: Approved in accordance with agency needs and following successful period of orientation and training.\nThis position is eligible to telework on an as needed basis, determined by the needs of the service. This position is not approved to be a 100% Virtual/Remote position.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRecruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Available\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy Hermann @ VHAEDRPProgramSupport@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPay: 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\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Duties and Responsibilities include but not limited to:\n*The individual must possess the interpersonal and clinical skills to provide primary mental health care for VA patients 20% of total available clinic time (.20) or 8 hours per week.\n*Conduct history, physical exams and mental status exams on assigned patients.\n*Complete intake assessments and formulates diagnosis.\n*Develop and present treatment plans to the multidisciplinary treatment team.\n*Order all necessary laboratory and radiological assessments.\n*Initiate consults and referrals as indicated.\n*Provide psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy as indicated in the treatment plan.\n*Maintain effective and up-to-date documentation of patient encounters.\n*May require maintaining credentials and privileges at the Joint Venture Hospital.\n*Oversee/Perform psychiatry on-call duties as needed.\n*Participate in professional and administrative activities as assigned.\n*Flexible and able to develop and supervise teams and programs, ensures effective communication both within the services they oversee and with other clinical services and administrative and support services external to them\n*Ensure that all Physicians/Nurse Practitioners coordinate psychosocial evaluation, assessment, and periodic reassessments of Veterans for appropriate placement along the Mental Health continuum of care.\n*Coordinate provision of Veteran care needs ensuring fluidity of care is provided by Psychiatric team members to and from Primary Care, Specialty Mental Health Services, Integrated Mental Health Services, Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs and Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Programs (MHRRTP).\n*Coordinate provision of Veteran care needs ensuring fluidity of care is provided by Psychiatric team members to and from Primary Care, Specialty Mental Health Services, Integrated Mental Health Services, Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs and Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Programs (MHRRTP).\n*Participate in all National and VISN level calls/trainings etc. for Psychiatric care expectations, implementation and continued programing.\n*Provide reporting duties of all provisions of Psychiatric care outcomes, needs, expectations to ACOS of Mental Health, Mental Health Executive Meeting and other requests of Leadership team.\n*Support the Chief of Social and Behavioral Health and the ACOS of Mental Health in developing quality improvement and Personnel Practices to enhance service provision Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm"]
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.