GENERAL DUTY DESCRIPTION: Serve as a Chief, Psychiatry at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), Mental Health Product Line, and Psychiatry Service. In addition to patient care and supervising physicians and physician extenders, the psychiatrist may have responsibilities in other areas, such as educational and research.
The physician will provide leadership for program in an effective manner, demonstrates a high level of initiative and independence in carrying out the administrative and patient care functions. Assure compliance with clinical practice guidelines and creating systems that promote state-of-the-art chronic care. Assures that Psychiatry Service staffing and resources are adequate to meet patient needs, and is directly responsible for scheduled absences of psychiatry staff.
The Physician is responsible for providing primary, secondary, and tertiary care in both hospitalized and outpatient settings, identifying patients' mental and medical health problems and designing diagnostic and therapeutic plans to meet these needs. Coordinate activities of other health service personnel, resolving problems affecting patient care and providing appropriate education for the patient and/or family members regarding the patient's care, patient's illnesses and its management. The care provided is to comply with clinical practice guidelines as measured by the External Peer Review Program and the Clinical Reminder reports. Provide consultations throughout the medical center, compensation and pension examinations, and tele-mental health assessments and treatments.
The staff physician is responsible for teaching house staff, medical students and other health professionals during ward rounds, clinics and in conferences and providing supervisory control and professional direction. As required, provide consultations throughout the medical center, compensation and pension examinations, and tele-mental health assessments and treatment. As required, cover other duties as assigned to include on-call coverage, holidays, weekends, and evening hours.
A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will 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.
In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
- Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
- 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.
- CompletedResidency Training(Internship)
1. Board certified or working toward board certification in Psychiatry.
2. Skill in providing patient care and in coordinating the activities of other health care providers.
3. Effective teacher for fellow staff members, house staff, medical students, and in educational programs in allied health care disciplines.
4. Demonstrated research abilities.
5. Basic Life Support (BLS).
Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the applicationchecklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850-Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor, REQUIRED)
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Other Veterans Document
VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf) (required).
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.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete,do not fax the paper application (1203FX - Occupational Questionnaire Form) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1953754
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.