The Staff Psychiatrist works primarily in any or a combination of, the following settings: the Psychiatric Emergency Clinic (PEC), Emergency Department, Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), and/orthe outpatient Mental Health Clinics at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). This is a staff psychiatrist position (board eligible or board certified) in the Psychiatry Service of the VASDHS Mental Health Care Line (MHCL).
The Psychiatry Service is located in the San Diego VA Medical Center (VAMC), a teaching hospital located adjacent to the University of California San Diego campus, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. It is a 256 bed, level 1a, tertiary care center that is dedicated to providing both primary and specialized outpatient health care, extended care, acute medical, surgical, intermediate and psychiatric care services with almost all major specialties and subspecialties represented. The facility has 38 acute psychiatric inpatient beds and 29 substance abuse rehabilitation beds.
Inpatient and outpatient care is available at the VAMC in La Jolla, while outpatient primary care services are available at the San Diego Mission Valley Outpatient Clinic and four other Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Oceanside, Escondido, Chula Vista, and El Centro, California. The VASDHS MHCL serves veterans who reside in San Diego and Imperial Counties and provides general and specialized inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services. Inpatient treatment includes general treatment for acute psychiatric problems and a specialized program for alcohol and drug problems.
The Medical Center is closely affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. In collaboration with this affiliate, the VASDHS Psychiatry Service oversees the training of psychiatry residents, fellows in psychiatry subspecialties and third- and fourth-year medical students rotating through the inpatient and outpatient settings. Attending physicians are expected to obtain and maintain UCSD faculty appointments, and may participate broadly in the teaching mission of the University. The Psychiatry Service is also committed to the advancement of knowledge and health care practices with member physicians playing a vital leadership role in basic science, clinical and health services research.
The responsibilities of this position will include the provision of clinical psychiatric services for the treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders.
Work Schedule: The work schedule will be discussed during the interview process. Weekend, holiday, and overtime work may be required to meet patient needs.
Functional Statement Title/#: Outpatient Staff Psychiatrist
This is a non-bargaining unit position.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives may be offered to highly selected candidate.
- Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
- Education. 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. Approved schools are: 1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or 2) 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; 3) 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.
- Licensure and Registration. 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.
- 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.
- Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
- English Language Proficiency. Physicians 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).
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.
Incumbent prefers be Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry and demonstrate evidence of excellence in medical administration, leadership, teaching, clinical practice, and research experience. Must qualify for academic appointment to the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
Demonstrated excellence in delivery of clinical/patient care, experience completing medical record documentation timely;demonstrated leadership and administrative skills; high quality teaching skills; ability to make academic contributions; and ability to make contributions to VA research/development of novel evidence-based care for veterans.
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.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15lbs); moderate carrying (15lbs); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (up to 6 hours); standing (up to 2 hours).
Note: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drugs use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA.
THE FOLLOWING ARE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. Please submitthese documentsto helpHR determine your qualifications for this position and to avoid any delays in therecruitment/selection processas they will be required once you are selected.
2. VA Form 10-2850, Application for Physician (Available at https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-2850-fill_BAK.pdf).
3. Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire (if applying online, you will be prompted to respond electronically. If submitting application via fax, you must complete the 1203FX.)
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 DD214(s) 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. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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 1929252.
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.