Psychiatrist (SATP)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Columbia, SC

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 845776 (Include # on all documents)

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 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.

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The 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.


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 WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Columbia, SC is seeking a Psychiatrist to for our

Substance Abuse Treatment Program section. The incumbentis responsible for applying clinical and administrative skills in reviewing, assessing and evaluating patient care processes for appropriateness of care across the continuum of care in Substance Abuse Treatment. The incumbent effectively communicates with physicians, nurses and other health care providers in obtaining or verifying data for review and formulating a plan ofcare. The incumbent has a thorough knowledge of patient medical records and is able to retrieve pertinent information from multiple sources/packages for case review (e.g., CPRS, VistA, etc.). The incumbent demonstratesskills to facilitate an environment for patients, staff and family members to focus on recovery and outcomes oriented care.

Columbia is the geographic center of South Carolina, with easy access to mountains (two hours west) and nationally recognized beach resorts (two hours east). Columbia boasts a nationally acclaimed library system, highly rated schools, and many outstanding golf courses. Big time college sports abound with two major schools - the University of South Carolina, Columbia, in the Southeastern Conference and Clemson University, Clemson, Atlantic Coast Conference (two hours away). Professional sports NFL Carolina Panthers and NBA Charlotte Bobcats are less than 1 ½ hours north.

Tour of Duty:
Monday-Friday, Days.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses


authorized for this position.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to


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 surgery in a State, Territory, or

Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.


Must be board certified or eligible.

Preferred Experience

1. Board certification in Psychiatry Medicine.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD


Functional Requirements:
Moderate Lifting (15-44 pounds); Light Carrying (under 15 pounds); Walking (up to 1 hour); Standing (up to 1 hour); Hearing (aid permitted).

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. 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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

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