The incumbent serves as a physician supervisor and serves as the leading psychiatrist in the Mental Health Service (MHS) Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and provides comprehensive clinical services to veterans and their families primarily in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at VAMC Memphis. The incumbent will perform general psychiatric assessment and treatment in a multi-disciplinary setting composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, nurses, physician extenders and a variety of rehabilitation/recovery therapists.
- About 40% of Administrative/Supervisory Responsibilities. Has direct administrative and professional supervision of the following Psychiatric providers and physician extenders in the outpatient mental health clinic as well as other mental health disciplines as may become necessary for effective clinic functioning.
- The psychiatrist will support same-day access to mental health services for Veterans as deemed necessary by the service, in person and by telephone.
- Ensures efficient operation of the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic in MHS. Works closely with the Section Chief of Psychiatry and acts as the Section Chief of Psychiatry in his/her absence. Seeks additional resources as warranted, with use of data-driven criteria in support of all requests. Primary responsibility for all aspects of administration in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic within MHS and in the relationship to the VA Medical Center at large.
- Monitors and reports to Section Chief for Psychiatry with preparation and implementation oversight for any corrective actions necessary. Decisions are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgment.
- Reports to the Section Chief of Psychiatry, and largely operates on a day-to-day basis in an independent manner, with full responsibility to keep the supervisor apprised of activities and any issues in need of close collaboration. Other duties can be stretch assignments as delegated to include time-limited assignments. About 60% of Clinical Responsibility.
- Provides treatment for beneficiaries with general psychiatric disorders primarily in the inpatient setting but also in a variety of treatment settings, including telemental health. The incumbent may need to support outpatient clinics to support increased access to Veterans when necessary.
- Supports the essential components of the mental health programs that are to be implemented nationally, to ensure that all Veterans, wherever they obtain care in VHA, have access to needed mental health services per Uniform Mental Health Services directives.
- Supports the emergency department psychiatry duties while incumbent in the ED position is on leave or other absence. The incumbent will rotate on-call coverage with other Memphis VAMC psychiatrists and assist in cross coverage throughout the mental health service when other psychiatrists are on leave.
- Provision of mental health treatment through Telehealth technology is considered a routine means of care delivery. Training modules will be completed within the first 60 days on duty. The required skills assessment will be completed at the first opportunity following completion of the training modules, as coordinated with the facility Telehealth Lead.
- All providers will deliver mental health care via Telemental Health technology as part of their regular duties.
Work Schedule: 8:00am to 4:30pm (Tour of duty may include extended hours to meet the care needs of Veterans.) Functional Statement: Physician (Mental Health Outpatient Clinic)/000000
Service Location: Mental Health Service Basic Requirements:
*U.S. citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.
*English language proficiency. Physician appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
*Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
*Licensure and Registration -Physicians must possess a 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
*Educational requirements - 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
* Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
*Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
*For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant.
*Residency Training. Physicians must have completed residency training or its equivalent, 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 accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.
Staff Physician. None beyond the basic requirements. The individual must qualify to perform duties as a physician, have completed an accredited residency and/or possess experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision. Staff physicians may also include attendings who train physician residents assigned in facilities with residency training programs, and consultants who are capable of giving authoritative views and opinions on subjects in their field of medicine.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2 Physician Qualification Standard.
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:?, The physical requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactory perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(10-2850, Copy of License REQUIRED)
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Other Veterans Document
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included 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 1904782.
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.