This is an open-continuous announcement and will remain open until September 29, 2023, or until the position is filled (if a selection is made and offer accepted, announcement will be closed). Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official every two weeks from the opening date of the announcement. 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. 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: Involves Hearing, Constant noise, working close with others. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Eligible Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Eligible Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Demetrius.Roberts@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off 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) 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 reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The incumbent will serve as a fully qualified staff psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) providing recovery-oriented care to Veterans who are admitted acutely to the 73-bed mental health inpatient program for stabilization of psychiatric symptoms. The incumbent will be housed within the Inpatient Program, aligned under the Mental Health Care line and will work full-time on the inpatient unit. The 73- bed capacity is split across three mental health units. The position involves working on all units. This staff psychiatrist will work on an interdisciplinary academic mental health team treating Veterans with a full range of diagnosis including mood disorders, PTSD, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders and neurocognitive disorders. Duties include, but not limited to, psychiatric evaluations and psychiatric medication management. Additionally, great opportunities to be involved in the educational mission of the MEDVAMC exist by serving as a rotation supervisor for Baylor College of Medicine trainees as well as involvement in didactic courses. Currently, inpatient psychiatrists work Monday-Friday. This position is for a psychiatrist to work 10-hour days on Friday-Monday. This would enhance the continuity of care for the Veterans as the attending will provide care throughout the weekend. Each weekend, two attendings are assigned to work to cover the patients on the units. The incumbent: - Performs clinical work describing human behavior, determining the reasons for that behavior and predicting and/or modifying the behavior. - Performs psychiatric evaluations, and treatment of patients with problems of personality, emotional adjustment, or mental illness. - Prescribes medications as deemed necessary for the treatment of mental illnesses. - Promotes, supervises, and/or performs psychotherapy with patients, either through individual sessions or through group therapy sessions. Uses therapeutic techniques. - Based on data gathered through assessments, plans an appropriate clinical treatment for individual patients. - Recommends appropriate therapy based on precedent and standards of the profession. - Therapy recommended is appropriate for the diagnosis involved and is considered among the most effective for the common condition involved. - Develops a comprehensive treatment plan for a wide range of abnormal behaviors. - Treatment includes adjusting therapy for the differential diagnosis of functional or organic disorders. - Prepares and presents a formal treatment plan to the multi-disciplinary team. - Develops comprehensive treatment plans specific to the patient. The patients assigned often have multiple complicating factors (i.e., physical disabilities, lack of support or resources) or other external or environment considerations that complicate treatment. - Oversees other professionals and/or works as a key team member providing comprehensive psychiatric and medical care for a group of individuals. - Promotes a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the professional treatment staff. - Conducts psychotherapy in difficult, multifaceted cases. - Over sees the treatment performed by medical students and psychiatry residents and instructs them in the typical patterns of progression of mental illnesses during treatment. - Identifies characteristics of progress and adjustments to treatment that are typical in certain circumstances. - Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Friday to Monday 730am - 6pm"]
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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.