Physician (Supervisory Psychiatrist – Consultation-Liaison and/ or Interventional)

US Government, Department of Veterans Affairs

The Little Rock VA Medical Center in Little Rock, AR is seeking a full-time Physician (Supervisory Psychiatrist – Consultation-Liaison and/ or Interventional). 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.


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VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized for highly qualified candidate. Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): May be authorized for highly qualified candidate. 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. 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 This supervisory psychiatrist position is based at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital and provides leadership for the mental health services provided at that facility. While most of the inpatient and outpatient mental health services at the Central Arkansas Veterans Health System are provided at the Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center in North Little Rock, the John L. McLellan Memorial Veterans Hospital is the medical and surgical hospital that is across the street from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Mental health services currently provided includes consultation to the emergency department, all inpatient medical and surgical units, electroconvulsive therapy and ketamine/Spravato treatment program. Major Duties and Responsibilities: – Provide psychiatric consultation to the emergency department and inpatient medical and surgical units and/or electroconvulsive therapy and ketamine/Spravato treatments. – Due to the patient population for the emergency department and inpatient medical and surgical unit consultations, specialized training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry/Addiction Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, or Forensic Psychiatry is preferred and salary adjustments are made for ACGME-approved fellowships and additional Board Certifications. – Faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is expected as teaching of medical students, residents and fellows is required in most of these clinical areas. For appropriate candidates, appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor level are possible. – For appropriate candidates, leadership roles in our Addiction Medicine fellowship may be considered. – Additional training in Interventional Psychiatry modalities is offered onsite or via outside trainings for interested candidates. – Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. Performs on call duties, and other duties as assigned. Call is required and is currently 0-2 weeknights a month and 1 weekend every 3 to 4 months although a new process anticipated to start July,2023, may substantially call duties. Questions regarding the occupation can be directed to: John Spollen, MD Deputy ACOS/Lead Psychiatrist for Mental Health Central Arkansas Veterans Health System Phone – (501)-554-9505


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. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required. Must possess and maintain all required licensures and certifications for continued employment. Preference: Board Certified. VA experience preferred. Leadership/supervisory experience 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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (1 hour); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (1/2 hour); hearing (aids may be permitted); working closely with others with the possibility of exposure to communicable diseases.

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U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.

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