Department of Veterans Affairs - Monroe, LA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 656332

This is a Clinical Psychiatrist position in Mental Health Service located at the Monroe CBOC, LA

*****This is an extension of Job #YE-12-656332-SW-MHC/R19*****

. This announcement was previously announced.




who previously applied to Job #YE-12-656332-SW-MHC/R19 need not reapply as you will be considered on this job announcement.

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional Physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


This announcement may close at any time once a qualified candidate has been selected.

Candidates will be referred after the following cut-off dates:

May 03, 2013; May 17, 2013; May 31, 2013; June 14, 2013; June 28, 2013; July 12, 2013; July 26, 2013; August 09, 2013; August 23, 2013; September 06, 2013; September 20, 2013; October 04, 2013; October 18, 2013; November 01, 2013; November 15, 2013; November 29, 2013; December 13, 2013 and; December 27, 2013.


U.S. Citizenship

Full Unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required.

The Staff Psychiatrist is clinically responsible to the Chief Medical Officer of the Mental Health Outreach Program.

He/She promotes quality patient care as a clinical expert in Psychiatry; works as mentor, preceptor, consultant, and researcher; works collaboratively with other health care professionals to accomplish patient, service and hospital goals.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Uses assessment skills to promptly examine new patients thoroughly using appropriate clinical, laboratory and other pertinent data.
Provides follow-up when indicated.

Answers Mental Health inpatient consult requests when necessary.


  • Accurately interprets and evaluates clinical data for the purpose of determining diagnosis and clinical status.
Formulates assessment and plan according to accepted protocols, treatment plans or attending physician’s treatment protocols, treatment plans or recommendations.

Corrects diagnosis when necessary.

Therapeutic Ability

  • Initiates appropriate and timely treatment.
Recognizes changes in behavior, symptoms, signs, and other pertinent facts about the patient and has the ability to modify plan of treatment when indicated.

Prescribes medications according to outpatient formulary.

Recognizes own capabilities and limitations.

Provides direct, short-term, crisis intervention, grief work and brief psychotherapy.

Counsels patients on smoking, alcohol and/or other substance cessation.

Administers or orders appropriate immunizations.

Effectiveness in Emergencies

  • Acts quickly in recognizing emergency situations, and takes timely necessary action.
Performs BLS.

Calls codes when indicated and manages CPR efforts until code team arrives.

Patient Management

  • Maintains confidentiality of patients and relatives through competence and interpersonal skills.
Acts as a consultant in involving patients in the treatment and management plan.

Works collaboratively with other professionals to evaluate, treat, or arrange disposition for veterans with Mental Health issues identified in Primary Care settings.

Refers patients to other services of subspecialty clinics such as nutritional counseling as appropriate.

Authorizes special transportation as needed for patients’ follow-up appointments as indicated.

Record keeping


Records data from clinic visit, including chief complaints, active problems, medications, physical findings and results of diagnostic tests

. Promptly and completely reports physical examinations and changes in patient status.

Maintains clear, accurate, and current clinical records.

Completes medical records per hospital regulations.

Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

**Recruitment/Relocation Incentive


be Authorized**

***The applicant(s) selected for this position

May Be

eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Subject to availability of funds. ***



Citizen of the United States.

(Noncitizens 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:

Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.


Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.


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 licensure.


For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

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.

The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.

First-Year Residency (Internship).

Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.

For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate’s acceptability for residency training.

Approved residencies are:

Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or


Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.

The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

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) and 7407(d).



Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions 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 must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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