Physician (Psychiatrist - Outpatient - ADTP)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Jackson, MS

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 726425

Non-U.S. citizens may be appointed when qualified U.S. citizens are not available.

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians - to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (" I CARE ").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ .

Recruitment / Relocation Incentive / Expenses May Be Authorized

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Current, full and unrestricted licensure

Must pass pre-employment physical examination

Designated and/or random drug testing

Background and/or security investigation

English language proficiency

DUTIES:
The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center is recruiting for a full-time psychiatrist for the Mental Health Product Line. The successful candidate must be board certified / board eligible in psychiatry. Interest and experience in teaching and research are desirable. Duties may involve several aspects of general psychiatry, including inpatient, outpatient, consultative, or telemedicine psychiatry. Assists with diagnostic evaluations and with the care of unscheduled veterans who present to the clinic. Assists with walk-ins, and general medical management. Assumes appointments scheduled in clinics and will share other psychiatrist duties, i.e., inpatient psychiatry, detoxification, residential treatment, and serving as a medical/prescribing resource for staff. The incumbent should be eligible for a faculty appointment at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. The G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, Mental Health Service is an integral part of the South Central VA Health Care Network, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) with basic, clinical and health services project on schizophrenia, mood disorders, PTSD, substance abuse and dementia.

The VAMC in Jackson is a 155- bed acute care hospital with an attached 86-bed community living center and receives patients from a wide geographic area for primary and tertiary care. Our medical center has primary health care responsibility for over 45,000 veterans. On the physical campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, School of Medicine, most staff have faculty appointments with ample opportunity to teach medical students, residents and fellows. Research experience and participation in either basic or clinical research protocols encouraged.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Citizenship: U.S. Citizens (non-citizens may be appointed when qualified citizens are not available ).

Education: 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:

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

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

(3) 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.

First-Year Residency (Internship): Must have 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 candidates acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are:

(1) 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

(2) 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.

Licensure: Must possess and maintain a 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.

Physical Standards: Applicants must successfully complete a pre-employment physical including the possibility of a drug screen.

English Language Proficiency: Physicians 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).

Drug-Free Workplace: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564.

Background Investigation: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You may be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

BENEFITS:
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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

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

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...