Physician (Psychiatrist)

US Government, Department of Veterans Affairs

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Job Grade: 15
Total Openings: 1

Duties:

Duties include but are not limited to the following: Performs psychiatric evaluations for a diverse population, including geriatric Veterans, who are mentally ill and who may have co-morbid physical and substance use disorders, as well as psychosocial issues such as homelessness, social services intervention, or a poor family support network. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including diagnostic assessments, medication evaluation and management, suicide risk assessments, management of substance intoxication and withdrawal states, electroconvulsive therapy, ketamine infusion, crisis intervention, psychotherapy, and overall care of patients with psychiatric disorders. Modalities for patient care include face-to-face, video teleconference, and telephone calls as clinically appropriate. Provider must be able to incorporate alternative encounter modalities into clinical care. 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 maintain mandatory continuing education. Maintains appropriate licensing and board certifications as applicable. Specialized training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry/ Addiction Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, or Forensic Psychiatry is preferred. Participates effectively in team meetings and collaborates with interdisciplinary and inter-departmental staff members to enhance coordination of comprehensive patient care. Functions as part of a psychiatric care team working with other physicians, PAs, APRNs, nurses and other support staff. Works as collaborating physician with PAs and APRNs as necessary. Orders diagnostic tests and consultations. Discriminates between normal and abnormal findings and makes appropriate treatment decisions. Participates in supervision and teaching in support of medical students and residents in training. Performs on call duties, and other duties as assigned. Primary responsibilities are a combination of Inpatient Medical/Surgical units and Emergency Department Consultation-Liaison Psychiatric Services, outpatient mental health clinic and/or telepsychiatry, ketamine infusions and electro-convulsive therapy, based on experience and interest. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Not authorized.
Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).
EDRP Authorized: Contact Aaron Fernau, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance at Aaron.Fernau@va.gov. ???????Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid 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)
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 Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. plus on call schedules.

Qualifications:

Applicants 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. 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. Preferred Experience: Maintains appropriate licensing and board certifications as applicable. Specialized training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry/ Addiction Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, or Forensic Psychiatry is preferred. Must qualify for academic appointment at the UAMS Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Must be experienced in providing a full range of therapeutic interventions, including diagnostic assessments, medication evaluation and management, suicide risk assessments, management of substance intoxication and withdrawal states, psychotherapy, and overall care of patients with psychiatric disorders. Experience in providing electroconvulsive therapy and/or ketamine infusion therapy is preferred. Experience in providing supervision and teaching in support of medical students and residents in training is preferred. Must be able to incorporate alternative encounter modalities into clinical care, including face-to-face, video teleconference, and telephone calls as clinically appropriate. Experience in video teleconference services is preferred. Experience working with interdisciplinary teams, including as a collaborating physician with APRNs and PAs, is preferred. 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: The Physical Requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Physician applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested. Position requires walking, bending, stooping, moderate lifting (15-44 lbs), light carrying (under 15 lbs), use of fingers, both hands required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaegar 1 to 4, specific visual requirement (20/50 one, 20/100 other), hearing aid permitted, specific hearing requirements (ability to hear conversational voice aid permitted), mental and emotional stability, protracted or irregular hours of work in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. Work requires daily trips from employee’s work-area to other areas throughout the Medical Center.

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