Physician (Psychiatrist) VM-0602

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
February 25, 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.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 992860

This is an open continuous announcement with an initial cut-off date ofJanuary 3, 2014.

Subsequent cut-off dates will be set as vacancies occur.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Fargo VA Health Care System is a Level 2 Medical Center and a member of Veterans Integrated Service Network 23. This facility combines a 39 bed medical facility along with a 38 bed Community Living Center providing transitional care, both accredited by The Joint Commission. The Fargo VA Health Care System provides a wide spectrum of primary and tertiary acute and extended care inpatient and outpatient activities in an academic setting. Due to the growing veteran population in our service area, nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) have been established with the tenth planned for opening in late 2013. The Fargo VA Health Care System has an active research program and has a successful affiliation with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

If you're looking for a variety, Fargo,North Dakota has it all! The state experiences all four of the breathtaking seasons, has a growing economy, rolling farmlands, and the lowest unemployment rate in the country. In the Fargo-Moorhead area we have three universities and one technical/community colleges as well as a thriving arts community. If you like sports, Fargo is home to the Redhawks Independent Baseball Organization, the FM Jets hockey team, and the Red River Valley Speedway. We also are in close proximity to attend the University of North Dakota Sioux hockey games. The North Dakota State University Bison, Division I FCS National Champions in 2011 and 2012. There is an assortment of outdoor activities from which to choose - snowmobiling, ice fishing, regular fishing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, hunting, tubing, canoeing, hiking, camping, & biking to name a few. For more information about Fargo go to or the FM Chamber of Commerce


Position Overview:

This position will provide consultation services to all primary care teams to address a wide range of psychiatric care. Work closely with primary care providers to enhance the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with psychiatric needs. Perform a systematic, planned treatment that uses evidence based and pharmacological interventions and has, as its goals, the improvement of interpersonal functioning, changes in maladaptive behavior patterns, reduction in psychotic symptoms and the alleviation of psychic pain. This will be done in face-to-face encounters or via Telemental health. An on-call rotation with other Psychiatrists covering Inpatient services will also be included.

Work Schedule:

  • 8:00am - 4:30pm, Extended hours and weekends as needed.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Telework is not authorized for this position.


  • Recruitment or Relocation Incentives are authorized.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc,
  • Applicant selected for this position will be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.


  • US citizenship and English language proficiency
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Random drug testing

Required Skills:


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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.
  • 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) and 7407(d)


Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.

Please Note: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: A pre-employment physical is required. 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.

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


Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.

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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