Psychiatrist (Behavioral Health Integrated Program)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Job Overview

About the job

Duties

Summary

The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System is seeking a full time Psychiatrist to deliver behavioral health care services for the Harlingen Health Care Center, in Harlingen, Texas.

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program within VHA. If selected, please contact VISN17EDRP2@va.gov.

Responsibilities

The Staff Psychiatrist serves as the medical subject matter expert within their assigned team and responsible for providing comprehensive psychiatric care to Veterans referred for Mental Health service. Major duties and responsibilities include:

    • Conducts initial psychiatric evaluations, follow-up visits, consultations, group therapy/treatment, medication management, crisis assessment and intervention to Veterans.
    • Capable of assessment and treatment across the full spectrum of DSM 5 diagnoses.
    • Provides psychiatric care in an outpatient setting, identifying Veterans’ mental and medical health needs and designing
      diagnostic and therapeutic plans to meet these needs.
    • Coordinates activities of other health service personnel, resolving problems affecting Veteran care, and providing appropriate education for the Veteran and/or family members regarding the Veteran’s care, condition, and its management.
    • Adheres to all applicable VACO, VISN and VATVCBHCS policies, rules and regulations and to the VATVCBHCS Medical Staff Bylaws; to provide team-based leadership in the application of clinical practice to organizational processes and/or systems improving outcomes at the service level; to achieve excellent customer satisfaction; to assure compliance with clinical practice guidelines and to work collaboratively with others; to foster systems that promote state-of-the-art acute, chronic and preventive Mental Health care; for
      performance improvement process; to keep abreast of changes as appropriate; and to serve on committees as assigned.
    • Psychiatrists who are involved in teaching programs and research are responsible to provide an environment supportive of education, training and research.
    • Responsible for understanding and applying the VA mission; establishing and maintaining effective and productive relationships with health care system administration, staff, Veterans and the community as appropriate; compliance with training requirements and contributing to a safe environment for all Veterans and staff.

Below are some of the benefits enjoyed by Physicians who work for the VA!

VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package.
Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 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
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting
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NOTE: This announcement will remain open until filled. Applications will be checked weekly or at the request of management.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position occasionally to attend training events.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

The Staff Psychiatrist serves as the medical subject matter expert within their assigned team and responsible for providing comprehensive psychiatric care to Veterans referred for Mental Health service. Major duties and responsibilities include:

    • Conducts initial psychiatric evaluations, follow-up visits, consultations, group therapy/treatment, medication management, crisis assessment and intervention to Veterans.
    • Capable of assessment and treatment across the full spectrum of DSM 5 diagnoses.
    • Provides psychiatric care in an outpatient setting, identifying Veterans’ mental and medical health needs and designing
      diagnostic and therapeutic plans to meet these needs.
    • Coordinates activities of other health service personnel, resolving problems affecting Veteran care, and providing appropriate education for the Veteran and/or family members regarding the Veteran’s care, condition, and its management.
    • Adheres to all applicable VACO, VISN and VATVCBHCS policies, rules and regulations and to the VATVCBHCS Medical Staff Bylaws; to provide team-based leadership in the application of clinical practice to organizational processes and/or systems improving outcomes at the service level; to achieve excellent customer satisfaction; to assure compliance with clinical practice guidelines and to work collaboratively with others; to foster systems that promote state-of-the-art acute, chronic and preventive Mental Health care; for
      performance improvement process; to keep abreast of changes as appropriate; and to serve on committees as assigned.
    • Psychiatrists who are involved in teaching programs and research are responsible to provide an environment supportive of education, training and research.
    • Responsible for understanding and applying the VA mission; establishing and maintaining effective and productive relationships with health care system administration, staff, Veterans and the community as appropriate; compliance with training requirements and contributing to a safe environment for all Veterans and staff.

Below are some of the benefits enjoyed by Physicians who work for the VA!

VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package.
Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 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
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

NOTE: This announcement will remain open until filled. Applications will be checked weekly or at the request of management.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    • Designated and/or random drug testing required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    • Must pass pre-employment physical examination

Qualifications

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.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience:

  • ABPN Board Certification current or participating in MOC.
  • ABPN Board eligible, within 5 years of completion of residency
  • Experience providing care via telehealth
  • Job history reflecting employment lasting greater than one year per position
  • Current experience treating Veterans with a breadth of DMS-5 disorders (i.e. general psychiatry 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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; moderate carrying 15-44 pounds straight pulling (1 hour); pushing (1 hour); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (3 hours); standing (3 hours); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaeger 1 to 4; and hearing (aid permitted). See VA Handbook and Directive 5019.

Education

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): 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. The VISN 17 EDRP Coordinators can be reached at

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:

NOTE: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.

NOTE: If your school was accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed on the website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet.

Additional information

    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    • It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
    • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
    • VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
    • Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the
    • Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

    • If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or other supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: A formal pay-setting process will be used to determine your salary. The salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Veterans’ Preference

Note: Preference eligible candidates and other Veterans will be given preference when qualification of candidates are approximately equal for Title 38 positions in VHA. When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 “Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference” with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Yes

Position sensitivity and risk

Trust determination process

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Seniority Level

Associate

Industry

  • Construction
  • Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Hospital & Health Care

Employment Type

Full-time

Job Functions

  • Health Care Provider

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