Physician - Chief of Psychiatry Behavioral Health Service
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Internal Number: 688600200
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 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. 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. Preferred Experience: Supervisory experience Leadership experience Cultural diversity awareness 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: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Position Eligible Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Susan.Bringel@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance 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 Chief, Psychiatry Behavioral Health Service (BHS) is aligned under the Associate Chief of Staff, Behavioral Health and is a supervisory position. This person serves as a key member of the BHS leadership team to ensure quality Veteran care, staff development and customer satisfaction (Veteran and staff). This supervisor is responsible for direct supervision of the Inpatient Psychiatry Chief and others as assigned. The Chief of Psychiatry broadly manages psychiatry specialty clinical issues across the BHS and VAMC while serving as a Subject Matter Expert in pharmacotherapy / management and somatic / interventional treatments (e.g., Esketamine, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, ECT) for Veterans with psychiatric conditions and diagnoses. This includes broad oversight of the Psychiatry Residency training program and collaboration with other training programs. The Chief, Psychiatry Service is committed to providing care in accordance with the VA goals of high-quality, patient-centered healthcare that embraces the recovery model. This supervisor functions in a collaborative fashion with other departments, programs, and staff members to provide appropriate care at all levels of care. Major functions of this position include: Clinical (51%): Provides direct patient care in outpatient behavioral health. Functioning as part of a psychiatric care team working with other physicians, psychologists, social workers, LMFTs, nurse practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists, Physician and administrative professionals. Maintains competency in all aspects of Psychiatric care. Maintains currency in medication management, including adverse reactions and their appropriate treatment. Uses appropriate and timely documentation to record patients' medical history and all aspects of the Veteran's psychiatric course of treatment. On call responsibilities are shared and are mostly from home with the exception of occasional weekend or holiday coverage. The Chief, Psychiatry Services, when on call is expected to make clinical judgments, teach residents, and make sure appropriate clinical care is being done. Proctors psychiatry residents to include didactics and oversight of direct care. Administrative: (49%): The Chief, Psychiatry Services will direct and participate in quality improvement measures, systems redesign projects, and ensures compliance with policies, directives and service leadership goals. Develops strategies that achieve organizational goals, taking into account the organization's resources. Works collaboratively with quality management and other appropriate facility departments to establish, implement and maintain quality assurance. The Chief, Psychiatry Services will participate in completion and review of Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluations, Focused Professional Practice Evaluations, annual/semiannual employee evaluations, peer review and pay for performance evaluations. This supervisor will collaborate with the patient advocate to address and resolve inquires and complaints. Additionally, they will collaborate with the other Behavioral Health supervisors and administrative staff in preparation of controlled correspondence for Congressionals, VISN and VACO inquiries. Review privilege templates for the prescribers, as well as, credential and privilege Behavioral Health prescribers during onboarding and every 2 years. Conducts regularly scheduled departmental meetings, determining the final agenda and invitees to ensure ongoing education and communication. Assists in the management and operation of BHS as requested. Supervision: The Chief, Psychiatry Services Behavioral Health reports directly to the Associate Chief of Staff Behavioral Health. Work Schedule: To be Determined."]
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.