Physician (Psychiatrist)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
February 21, 2014
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Quality Care Our Heroes Deserve

Now is the time to take your career to the next level and become part of the high-caliber talent that is VA. Experience what 250,000 current VA employees already have state-of-the art practice settings, access to the latest technology, a multi-disciplinary team environment and the opportunity to provide the men and women who have bravely served this country with the finest patient care, benefits and customer satisfaction. And with VA Patient Satisfaction Scores leading the healthcare industry, you'll be joining one of the most respected facilities in the Nation.


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This is a full-time psychiatry position (board eligible or board certified) located at the Biloxi, MS site of the VA Gulf Coast. Best candidates have veteran-patient specific experience and

with potential to qualify to affiliate as faculty with academic center for on-site

resident and medical student education & training. Duties are within the

Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison Service (to the medical inpatient units, the

emergency department, and the urgent care center); and the Psychiatry Inpatient

Service. Physician develops consultation/liaison relationships with clinicians

throughout the hospital. Responds to routine, acute, or emergency consultation

requests from the admission area, inpatient medical/surgical units, ICU,

extended care, on-site nursing home, and emergency department. Serves

as clinical lead for the consultation/liaison Nurse Practitioners and Physician


Inpatient psychiatrist physician provides direct care for inpatients manifesting a wide

variety of serious psychiatric and psychosocial problems. Physician has

expertise in treating individuals with acute mood and/or psychotic disorders,

PTSD, TBI, and other severe mental illness, often with comorbid substance use

disorders. Works with interdisciplinary team members including other

psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social

workers, addiction therapists, physician assistants, and clerks. Provides

initial assessment of patients admitted to the psychiatric unit, including

diagnosis, medication management, treatment planning, risk management, and

discharge. Documents clinical activity appropriately in the medical record.

Shares responsibility for patient management with interdisciplinary team. Works

closely with colleagues to provide comprehensive inpatient mental health care.

This physician provides call coverage on average one week in six and carries a

pager during that week, but call and evening/weekend hours may be needed at

times for professional patient care. Call usually consists of telephone consultation

but may require return to the hospital for evaluation of patients. As time

permits, may participate in research and education projects. Depending on

fluctuating staffing patterns and workloads, may be assigned to other programs

within psychiatry. Must be self-motivated to provide and lead proactive,

recovery-oriented care for veterans, and desire to work in a team environment.

Required Skills:



order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements:



Must be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it

is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).



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:

(a) Schools

of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of

American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(b) Schools

of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for

the year in which the degree was granted.

(c) Schools

(including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State,

Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia

as qualifying for full or unrestricted license.

(d) For

residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is

required except as provided in M-8, part III, chapter 1.


License and Registration:


Physicians (Except Residents). Current, full, and unrestricted license to

practice medicine 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 license if this is a requirement for continuing

active, current licensure. The facility Director may waive this license

requirement if the physicians is to serve in a country other than the United States

and the dentist has licensure in that country.

(b) Impaired

Licensure. A physician who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked,

suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary

status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 14,

section B, chapter 3 of this part.


Physical Requirements:

See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


English Language Proficiency:

Physicians, including residents, appointed

to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written

English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), 7407(d).

The above is

an excerpt fromP VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2. For the full text, see

the Handbook on file in the Human Resources Management Service.







Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the

U.S. Department of Education. Applicants

can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be

verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements,

you will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.


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


Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting

documentation will be reviewed. Please

follow all instructions carefully. Errors

or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your


Bring your expertise to VA and be valued as part of a team that is recognized and respected for significant contributions to medicine. You'll enjoy a patient-focused environment, terrific benefits and incentives, and the ability to practice at any VA facility in the country.

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