VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) Mental Health Service provides a full range of mental health services including general adult psychiatry, geriatrics, forensics, psychosomatic medicine, substance abuse sub-specialty services, trauma services, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery programs, comprehensive homeless programs, peer support services, opiate replacement programs, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, vocational rehabilitation programs, domiciliary based programs and inpatient programs. There is ongoing active research in addiction psychiatry, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Disaster Psychiatry, mood disorders, and homelessness. Clinical training programs exist for medical students, psychiatry residents and fellows, clinical psychologists, social workers and nurses. VA North Texas Health Care System has an active relationship with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as our primary affiliate.
As the Chief of Psychiatry (Medical Director) Mental Health Service, the incumbent will work with the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health (ACOS-MH) and the Mental Health Administrative Officer (AO), and is responsible for the overall operation of the Dallas MH Outpatient clinics and maintains oversight of the Acute MH Inpatient Psychiatric team. The incumbent will oversee clinical psychiatry operations, including budget and fiscal management, human resource management, strategic planning, and program development. Assurance that clinical and administrative functions are integrated in order to provide optimum utilization of available resources will ensure the quality and timeliness of the services provided, customer satisfaction, as well as compliance with standards of accrediting bodies such as The Joint Commission/CARF etc. The incumbent supports and is responsible for inspiring, motivating, and guiding the VANTHCS MH multidisciplinary teams in achieving strategic goals and plans of the service. He/she collaborates with other supervisors in the Mental Health Service Line as well as non-Mental Health managers (Chief Medical Officers, Service chiefs and program managers), in fulfilling responsibilities.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
* Function as a provider in the respective specialty maintaining responsibility for the overall psychiatric care of patients with conditions requiring treatment which includes consultative, prescriptive and ordering authority in the outpatient setting.
* Make provisions for psychiatric care in the outpatient setting including diagnosis, management, and follow-up of psychiatric patients, review and make recommendations for transfer to a tertiary care center when appropriate.
* Ensure the quality and timeliness of the services provided and collaborates with referring providers.
* Serve as an attending physician to medical students and psychiatry residents.
* Provide leadership and accountability for all aspects of psychiatric care at VANTHCS.
* Utilize data to formulate both short and long term strategic goals for the product line, implementation of general policies, standards, and goals consistent with the mission of VHA and in compliance with applicable accreditation agencies
* Monitor and ensure efficient and appropriate operation of the product line.
* Manage all personnel aspects of the Psychiatry Service, and collaborate with the ACOS-MH to ensure effective operation of the overall Mental Health Service.
Work Schedule:8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.Basic Requirements:
- Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
- Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed (Schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), Foreign medical graduates not coveredby LCME or COCO must have verified education with the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, ECFMG certificate must be provided).
- 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.
- Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty leading to eligibility for board certification.
- Proficiency in spoken and written English is required for Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions as required by 38 U.S.C. 7202(d) and 7404(d).
- Physical requirements must be met as designated per VA Handbook 5019.
Medical Center Director. Physicians appointed to leadership positions such as Directors of Medical Centers (including facility and Regional Office Center Directors, Directors of Outpatient Clinics (Independent) and Domiciliaries) or VISNs must meet the requirements specified in 38 U.S.C. § 7306. The individual assigned at this level will be a qualified doctor of medicine with demonstrated leadership ability.
(a) The Medical Facility Director (includes Directors of outpatient clinics (independent) and domiciliaries) has overall responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and controlling medical, administrative, and supporting operations of a medical facility which administers a variety of medical care and treatment for a large geographic area. The Director is responsible for maintaining and improving health care facility and VA relationships through personal, active participation in the administrative, educational, community and social events of Federal, State, local and other affiliated organizations involved in health care delivery, Veterans service organizations, and appropriate civic organizations. These duties are geared to successful accomplishment of the basic patient care mission, as well as such additional missions as teaching and research.
Outstanding professional ability in the practice of medicine or medical specialty with ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within the respective domain will include programs not limited to medical practice, professional standards, personnel issues, quality and performance management.
Preferred Experience: This position requires ongoing treatment and examination of Veterans to include evaluation and administration of psychopharmacotherapy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Physical Requirements:?,Incumbent must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard, December 17, 2015. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The work may require extreme patience in controlling one's emotions. The work may require using appropriate technique to physically restrain clients who present a danger to self or others. The work may also require assisting physically disabled clients and may include lifting them.
Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that involves everyday risks or discomforts which require safety precautions typical of hospitals, offices and meeting rooms. Some work is performed in a setting away from the office where the environment cannot be controlled. There may be occasional risk of physical harm that may require special precautions and training.
The following required documents must be submitted at the time of application:
* CV or Resume (complete with experiences most relevant to the position, including name and address of employer, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and a description of your duties). (Required)
* VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrist and Chiropractors(Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf). (Required)
* Copy of your transcript(s). (Required)
* Copy of Licensure. (Required)
* Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
* If prior military service, include all copies of your DD214 Forms. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
* Copy of most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) (Required). The SF-50 must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or a career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).
* Copy of most recent performance appraisal
* Any other documents required by the checklist.
Please use the checklist to make sure you haveincluded other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1936830.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.