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. The incumbent practices as a Psychiatrist within the Mental Health Service, which is primarily located within the Social and Behavioral Health Service (S&BHS). Practice may also take place through Telemental Health Services, at the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program (MHRRTP), or in Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) around the State of Alaska. The Staff Psychiatrist has delineated clinical privileges granted by the Medical Executive Board. Direct clinical care duties and responsibilities (80% of position) include but are not limited to: a. Providing direct mental health services for VA patients 80% of total available clinic time or 32 hours per week, or as determined by the Chief of Psychiatry and/or the ACOS, Mental Health; b. Conducting history and mental status exams on assigned patients; c. Completing intake assessments and formulating diagnoses; d. Developing, documenting and updating treatment plans consistent with VHA guidelines and accreditation standards; e. Participating in multidisciplinary treatment team meetings; f. Ordering all necessary laboratory and radiological assessments; g. Initiating and following up with consults/referrals as indicated; h. Providing psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy as indicated; i. Prescribing medications and supplies in accordance with VHA guidelines, state regulations and scope of practice; j. Maintains effective and up-to-date documentation of patient encounters; k. Completing pertinent clinical reminders during scheduled appointments; l. Providing health care education to patients and their families; m. Acting as a consultant for other medical, nursing, and clinical staff; n. Placing return to clinic orders for patients' follow up care. Administrative duties and responsibilities (20% of position) include but are not limited to: a. Completing and closing patient encounters within VHA guidelines; b. Preparing for scheduled patient encounters; c. Participating with mental health and psychiatric services to include attending S&BHS staff trainings, Monday All Hands meetings, S&BH Monthly Meetings, Psychiatry Monthly Team meetings, and Psychiatry Peer Consultation group; d. Participating in assigned VISN and National level calls and trainings; e. Participating in development and implementation of service level projects such as completing tracers or performing Environment of Care rounds. f. Participating in Professional Practice Evaluation activities; g. Ensuring that any quality measure fallouts from Professional Practice Evaluations are reviewed and addressed appropriately; h. Coordinating across the continuum of care from Primary Care Mental Health Integrated Care, Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP), and Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (MHRRTP). i. Supporting the Chief of Psychiatry and the ACOS of Mental Health in developing quality improvement practices to enhance service provision; j. Participating in professional and administrative activities as assigned; k. Remaining up to date on Service Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), Medical Center Policies (MCP's), VHA Directives, VHA Handbooks, Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG's), and accreditation standards. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy Hermann at firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance 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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