This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award mount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, 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 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Additional Requirement: DEA Suboxone waiver is required. Preferred Experience: Board certification in Adult Psychiatry 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: In Accordance With VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ["The Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a fully accredited, two-division, tertiary care medical center with an operating bed complement of 199 hospital beds. Provider will work on an outpatient multidiscipline team. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized EDRP Authorized: Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The incumbent serves as a psychiatrist that provides comprehensive clinical services to Veterans and their families within the Mental Health Services (MHS). The incumbent will perform both substance abuse treatment (to include Suboxone treatment), as well as general psychiatric assessment and treatment in a multi-disciplinary setting composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, and primary ambulatory care services. The psychiatrist is a key participant in implementing the principles of recovery and substance abuse treatment including Suboxone treatment. As many of these patients suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, experience and competence in treating this type of condition is desirable. The psychiatrist works under direction from the Chief of Mental Health Services (MHS) and the Lead Psychiatrist. Routine work is performed with a minimum of supervision. Employee will be required to perform duties on his/her own initiative. As a psychiatrist within MHS, the incumbent will operate in a manner promoting success in all applicable performance measures and ensuring compliance with all applicable accreditation standards. The employee shall act in a thoroughly professional manner at all times. He/she will work in harmony with other members of the professional and technical staff. Tact and courtesy are mandatory when interacting with patients and staff. The psychiatrist will provide treatment for beneficiaries with general psychiatric and substance abuse disorders in a variety of treatment settings including general outpatient, walk in clinics, telemental health, substance abuse outpatient, residential treatment unit, and inpatient treatment unit. The psychiatrist will provide compensation and pension examinations as assigned. Additionally, the psychiatrist will provide on call coverage to the acute psychiatric unit on a rotational basis. The psychiatrist must be skilled in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology including Suboxone. The psychiatrist must be able to provide a comprehensive clinical/psychiatric summary as well as have the ability to accept a Suboxone caseload of 100 patients. The psychiatrist will work to ensure accreditation requirements are met including reviewing checklists for compliance with The Joint Commission, OIG, and CARF. The psychiatrist shall document patient care in the patient chart via the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). All Documentation shall be completed in accordance with VA policy and procedures. The psychiatrist shall follow VA guidelines regarding infection control and safety. The psychiatrist will be assigned to treatment teams and adhere to team meeting responsibilities including treatment planning. The psychiatrist will adhere to all quality management performance measures. The psychiatrist will complete clinical reminders, encounters, and clinical pertinence reviews as directed. The psychiatrist will, when called upon, engage in a collaborative agreement with a nurse practitioner and/or provide clinical supervision to a physician assistant. The psychiatrist will provide clinical supervision to psychiatry residents and fellows on rotation if needed. The psychiatrist will, when called upon, participate in committee assignments at the service, VAMC, and VISN level as well as participate in time-limited assignments related to quality, safety, and ethical practice (Root Cause Analysis, Investigative Boards, etc.). Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M."]
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.