Physician (Psychiatric Physician)

US Government, Department of Justice

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Serves as a Physician (Psychiatry) at a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) federal correctional facility. Provides professional health care services for federal prisoners confined within a BOP facility and/or provides consultative services via BOP telehealth network. Responsible for meeting the health needs (both physical and/or mental) of the inmates assigned to his/her caseload. Responsible for providing psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and programs for patients suspected of having mental disorders. Responsible for the development of the master treatment plan and mental health component of the ambulatory treatment plan and subsequent reviews for patients under their care and is directly responsible for the continuity of psychiatric care given to the patients assigned to their caseload. In working with other members of the healthcare treatment team, provides psychiatric services to ensure optimal mental health for inmates and provides direction in achieving the psychological climate and environment conducive to the rehabilitation of the criminal offender. Directly responsible for the prescription of medications to patients on his/her caseload, as well as writing orders for special procedures (e.g., suicide precautions, seclusion, restraint). Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed one regular and recurring basis.


NOTE: In order to make a full and complete assessment of a candidate’s work history for salary purposes, applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure detailed information on the following items is provided in their application.Candidates should provide clearly delineated information on: Scope of present practice, i.e., direct patient care, supervision of subordinates, national consultant, etc.
Complexity of current practice, i.e., forensic evaluation, neuropsychiatry, etc.
Specialized training, if any (addiction, dual diagnosis, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CPT), or Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) training, psychosomatic fellowship training, etc.)
Experience with special mental health programs, i.e., self-harm behaviors, gender dysphoria, etc.
Primary (and secondary) board certification(s).
Specific professional accomplishments, i.e., publications, university positions held, professional organization positions held, presentations, national psychiatry awards, etc.
Multi-lingual capabilities as it relates to professional practice.
Specific correctional psychiatry experience, if any. To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements.Basic Requirements: Degree: Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada. This degree must have been accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association; Association of American Medical Colleges; Liaison Committee on Medical Education; Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association, or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.Degree from Foreign Medical School: A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States. Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed pre-medical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.ANDLicensure: Applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
NOTE: ALL applicants MUST electronically upload proof of current, active, full and unrestricted license as a Physician, and proof of successful completion of an accredited graduate training internship, fellowship, or residency program for verification at the time you apply.
ANDGraduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in a hospital or an institution accredited for such training. For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada.All qualified successful candidates will undergo a credentialing process. This process includes validation ofexaminations, education, internship and residency. Please electronically upload these documents along with your required supporting documentation at the time you apply.ANDAdditional Requirements:Experience:Applicant must have five years of graduate training in the specialty of the position to be filled OR equivalent experience and training.Some examples of this qualifying experience are: Experience monitoring and evaluating quality of patient care in accordance with administrative policies and other regulatory agencies.
Experience in providing clinical and administrative oversight to a specific area regarding key issues and potential solutions for services.
Experience in making diagnoses and selecting and providing appropriate treatment for emergency medications or emergency consults.
Experience in coordinating and providing training for a specific specialty.
Experience making recommendations on matters of policy, procedures, training, personnel, and equipment as related to specific area of responsibility and expertise. If applicable, credit will be given for paid and unpaid work. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**

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Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: Click HereThe Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

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