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 How applicants will be referred: This is an open continuous announcement until September 30, 2022. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Position Eligible EDRP Authorized: Contact Susan.Bringel@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance 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 Departmental Structure and Function The Mental Health Service provides care in two settings: inpatient psychiatry unit and outpatient programs. Psychiatrists assigned to Mental Health Service provide psychiatric care for inpatients and outpatients. The Chief, Mental Health Service is responsible for the overall clinical and administrative functions of Mental Health Service. Performance of Psychiatrists Psychiatrists are able to perform and teach all of the services required in the practice of psychiatry to psychiatry residents. Educational experiences are also provided to appropriate health care personnel who seek training in mental health (e.g. medical students, psychology and social work interns, physician assistants and nursing students, and non-psychiatry medical residents). Major duties include: Application of accepted protocols for assessment of the individual presenting with altered mental status. Assessment may include gathering verbal and documented history, mental status examination and medical and laboratory evaluation. Diagnostic description or formulation to guide appropriate acute and secondary treatment interventions. Provision of psychiatric care according to his/her privileges. Responsibilities of the Psychiatrist Staff psychiatrists are ultimately responsible for all aspects of psychiatric care. Staff psychiatrists provide or assist residents and/or the nurse practitioner in the process of evaluation and treatment of the psychiatric patient, and actively participate in corrective actions against untoward responses to psychiatric interventions. Staff psychiatrists evaluate the patient to assess changes in the physical and mental status. A progress note is written in the patient's chart. Notes also include the concurrence with notes written by the resident, and attending notes as appropriate. Staff psychiatrists perform inpatient psychiatry consultations, and outpatient psychiatry evaluations and treatment. During on-call hours, staff psychiatrists shall be available for all emergency psychiatric interventions. Staff psychiatrists are appropriately credentialed and privileged. They participate in various hospital committees, departmental and hospital in-service programs, and education programs of the department and the hospital. They are also involved in continuous quality improvement through peer review process. Staff psychiatrists shall be responsible for inpatient and outpatient care, and graduate and undergraduate medical education, and scientific research as appropriate. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
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