Physician (Psychiatrist)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Louisville, KY

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 875297

OUR MISSION: 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.

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With openings in multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is the VA 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.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

In recognition of continued efforts to improve patient care, the medical center was awarded the Robert W. Carey 2007 Performance Achievement Award, 2008 Performance Excellence Award, 2009 Trophy Award and 2010 Circle of Excellence Award, and the 2009 Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence Achievement Award.

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Relocation Expenses: Relocation Expenses are not authorized for this position.

Appraised Value Offer Program (AVO): Appraised Value Offer Program (AVO, formerly GHBO) are not authorized for this position.

***Relocation AND/OR Recruitment INCENTIVE(s) MAY BE authorized for an exceptionally well qualified applicant. ***

Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

VA offers attractive salary, excellent government benefits, and assumes liability for tort claims associated with employees' official VA duties; individual malpractice insurance is not required for this purpose.

T he incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Applications will be accepted from US Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute. Non-citizens may apply and be appointed ONLY when no qualified citizens are available in accordance with current regulations. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship.
Full un-restricted 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. DUTIES:
The Louisville, Kentucky Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), an affiliate of the University of Louisville (U of L) School of Medicine, is seeking qualified applicants to join our Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service. We are seeking a full time psychiatrist who is board certified in Psychiatry to provide support half time to the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Suboxone Clinic and half time to our inpatient unit.

Duties include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Veterans in Substance Use Disorder programs (SARRTP, IOP & Suboxone Clinic), as well as, Veterans admitted to Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. You will also admit and discharge patients from the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, as well as doing consultation visits to hospital inpatients in other areas such as Medicine and Surgery. Night call will be rotated among the full psychiatry staff.

The Louisville, Kentucky Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), an affiliate of the University of Louisville (U of L) School of Medicine, is seeking candidates for a full-time staff psychiatrist to provide support in person or by tele-mental health for hospitalized patients within the Louisville VAMC, consultation with other services within the hospital to include the Emergency Department, and for patients in the outpatient clinic setting. This position may require training of medical students, interns, residents, and substance abuse fellows from U of L and Performance Improvement activities or other administrative duties as assigned. Candidates must be eligible for a faculty appointment. Candidates must be BC/BE in Psychiatry and hold a current, full, active and unrestricted license. Our Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service (MH&BSS) is a major training site for U of L psychiatry residents and medical students, and psychology, nursing, and social work students, and plays an active role in U of L's research program. MH&BSS has a nationally recognized treatment model including best practices for HCHV (Healthcare for Homeless Veterans) and VI/CWT (Veterans Industries/Compensated Work Therapy). Additional mental health programs include general outpatient and acute inpatient psychiatric treatment, ER, consultation-liaison, The Louisville, Kentucky Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), an affiliate of the University of Louisville (U of L) School of Medicine,, Behavioral Health Lab, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team.

This position is located within the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center with possible rotation to the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) as needed.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday 8:00 am -4:30 with one evening Suboxone Clinic (nights and weekends as needed)

Please note: This position requires taking call which is rotated with other staff psychiatrists.

Physical Requirements: Staff Physician (Psychiatrist) Functional Requirements: Near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and in 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted) ]; Other: See well to document behavior; See well enough to view patients over video cam; Hear well enough to understand and carry on a conversation; Sit for long periods; Use computer and keyboard.

You must meet the following qualifications to be eligible for this position:

  • U.S. Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed ONLY if 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.
  • Current full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or psychiatry in a State; Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia
  • Must be Board Certified in psychiatry
  • Suboxone license required
Selection Criteria for this position: These are considered to be enhancing.

  • Substance abuse fellowship preferred
  • Meets full requirements for medical staff including board certification in Psychiatry.
  • Experienced in 2 PTSD EBTS and experienced in at least one of the following: seeking safety or substance abuse treatment, ACT or mindfulness based treatment, CPT for insomnia, IRT or motivational interviewing.
  • Demonstrated ability to set measurable and realistically achievable goals and adjust to changing demands.
  • Demonstrated skill in interacting with multi-disciplinary health care team in treating substance abuse and other issues.
  • Demonstrated dependability and responsible leave usage.
  • Previous experience as a Mental Health clinician providing direct care.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC (e.g., Company/organization name, position title, dates of employment (month/year), and number of hours per week). WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your résumé/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

Physical Requirements: Staff Physician (Psychiatrist) Functional Requirements: Near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and in 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted)]; Other: See well to document behavior; See well enough to view patients over video cam; Hear well enough to understand and carry on a conversation; Sit for long periods; Use computer and keyboard.

Original transcripts will not be returned.

The degree of Doctor of Medicine or equivalent 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 Associate 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 licensure.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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.

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. Veteran's 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 preference.

For more information on Veterans Preference, please visit HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your 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. 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, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). 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 . OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system): Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 “u”, Schedule A, ( ) Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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