Clinical Responsibilities Scope of Practice (90% of time)
- Clinical services are provided by a physician who has completed residency training in Psychiatry. S/he must be qualified to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with mental illness according to standard, usual, and acceptable methods and techniques. Other duties and responsibilities include:
- Performing initial clinical diagnostic examinations, and formulating initial treatment plans for patients. The Psychiatrist is expected to have a panel of patients s/he follows on a regular basis and will also see unscheduled patients presenting to the clinic.
- Providing medication management services. Provision of psychotherapy services is restricted to clinicians who are trained, certified and credentialed in the provision of VA evidence based therapy practices.
- Coordinating medical care for mental health clinic patients requiring primary care follow-up, or specialty medical/surgical consultation.
- Facilitating admissions to inpatient MH unit. Coordinating care with inpatient Psychiatric, or Medical-Surgical, physicians.
- Providing clinical support, guidance and oversight for the MH services of the CBOC MH staff and liaison to Primary Care as needed and directed by MHSL management.
- Serving on Medical Staff Committees, or representing the MHSL on special Medical Center projects or initiatives as directed by MHSL management.
- Performing Compensation & Pension exams/reviews with proper orientation and training.
- Performing other duties as assigned, including: Supporting a specialty care clinic (E.G. Clorazil, Suboxone), evaluations and medication management in the substance abuse treatment program (including Suboxone), serving in the PTSD program and participating in a research project.
- Successfully practicing as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, working collaboratively in a respectful fashion with nurses, social workers, clerks, mid-level providers, and other physicians. The psychiatrist will demonstrate effective communication skills in this collaborative work.
- Serving, as directed by MHSL management, as primary or secondary supervising physician to midlevel providers.
- Documenting the care provided in the electronic medical record in a timely and complete fashion. Any additional data regarding patient care will be entered into the electronic record in a timely and complete fashion.
- Completing appropriate clinical reminders within his/her area of clinical responsibility in the electronic medical record in a timely fashion. S/he will be aware of "Performance Measures" that apply to the Psychiatry service, and will be collaborate in meeting those measures.
- Maintain an unrestricted medical license.
- Maintain training and waiver for provision of Suboxone as well as other psychiatric interventions deemed necessary by MHSL management.
- Provide tele-mental health to patients as needed and directed by MHSL management.
- Provide coverage, including on-call coverage, to the Togus Psychiatry inpatient unit as needed with proper notice and in conjunction with VAMHS rules.
- The psychiatrist may be detailed to other VAMHS clinical sites as directed by MHSL management.
Administrative Responsibilities (5% of time)
- Perform administrative duties as assigned/required within the MHS programs (see "general" above). Prior experience in administrative responsibilities is desirable. Prior experience in new program development is desirable. The ability to work successfully in collaboration with other administrative staff within VAMHS, the VISN, and at VA Central Office is essential. The incumbent must demonstrate independence, flexibility and creativity while operating within the demands and constraints of the VA system.
- Serve on Medical Staff Committees, or represent Psychiatry on Medical Center projects or initiatives as directed by MHSL management. Teaching trainees and/or participating in MHS research projects as directed by MHSL management.
Academic Responsibilities (5% of time)
- Consulting to other medical center staff and trainees.
- Training medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as directed by MHSL management.
- Supervising patient care activities of medical students, residents and other trainees as directed by MHSL management.
Work Schedule:permanent, full-time days
Functional Statement/Scope of PracticeTitle/#:Psychiatrist, Mental Health Clinic/000000
- 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 studywas completed.
- 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 ofresidency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
- Proficiency in spoken and written English.
- Physical requirements outlined below.
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.
- At least 1 year of clinical experience in performing initial clinical diagnostic examinations, and formulating treatment plans for Psychiatric patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
- Experience prescribing medications; coordinating medical care for mental health patients with primary care or specialty medical/surgical colleagues.
- Experience coordinating the admission of patients to inpatient Psychiatry units or facilitating admission to inpatient Medical-Surgical units. Collaborating with other physicians, inpatient units, Emergency Departments or other Mental Health settings.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally violent makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary jobs.
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.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850)
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 forPhysicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists and Chiropractors(required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
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