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Job Title:  Physician (Psychiatrist)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  520-JK-13-821857-797321

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$97,987.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 14, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Biloxi, MS United StatesView Map
Panama City, FL United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 821857

Salary:  To be determined by a Compensation Panel.

Announcement amended 9/20/13 to reflect additional duty location

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


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?

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


This position is open until filled - consequently it may be filled prior to the closing date.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast overlooks the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and 62 miles of scenic shoreline including the world's longest (26 miles) man-made beach - started by nature, improved by man.  Explore the Coast's rich heritage from the American Indians to the modern day blending of cultures including cuisine, attractions, and events.  For further information on the Gulf Coast area, please visit the following website:


  • 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.


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This is a full-time psychiatry position (board eligible or board certified) located at the Biloxi, MS site of the VA Gulf Coast. Best candidates have veteran-patient specific experience and with potential to qualify to affiliate as faculty with academic center for on-site resident and medical student education & training. Duties are within the Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison Service (to the medical inpatient units, the emergency department, and the urgent care center); and the Psychiatry Inpatient Service. Physician develops consultation/liaison relationships with clinicians throughout the hospital. Responds to routine, acute, or emergency consultation requests from the admission area, inpatient medical/surgical units, ICU, extended care, on-site nursing home, and emergency department.  Serves as clinical lead for the consultation/liaison Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Inpatient psychiatrist physician provides direct care for inpatients manifesting a wide variety of serious psychiatric and psychosocial problems. Physician has expertise in treating individuals with acute mood and/or psychotic disorders, PTSD, TBI, and other severe mental illness, often with comorbid substance use disorders. Works with interdisciplinary team members including other psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, addiction therapists, physician assistants, and clerks. Provides initial assessment of patients admitted to the psychiatric unit, including diagnosis, medication management, treatment planning, risk management, and discharge.  Documents clinical activity appropriately in the medical record.  Shares responsibility for patient management with interdisciplinary team. Works closely with colleagues to provide comprehensive inpatient mental health care. This physician provides call coverage on average one week in six and carries a pager during that week, but call and evening/weekend hours may be needed at times for professional  patient care. Call usually consists of telephone consultation but may require return to the hospital for evaluation of patients.  As time permits, may participate in research and education projects. Depending on fluctuating staffing patterns and workloads, may be assigned to other programs within psychiatry. Must be self-motivated to provide and lead proactive, recovery-oriented care for veterans, and desire to work in a team environment.



Position MAY be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program

This position is open until filled, therefore, a selection could be made prior to the closing date.


Note: This position’s initial duty station is Biloxi, Mississippi; however the duty station, based upon the needs of the health care system, may  require the individual to work from other facilities (e.g., Mobile Outpatient Clinic, Alabama; Eglin Outpatient Clinic, Florida; Joint Ambulatory Care Center Pensacola, Florida; and Panama City Outpatient Clinics, Florida).



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Would prefer applicant be board eligible or board certified in psychiatry. 


Basic Requirements:

(1) CITIZENSHIP:  Must be a citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).

(2) 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:

   (a) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association 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 license.

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

(3) License and Registration: 

   (a) Physicians (Except Residents).  Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine 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 license if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.  The facility Director may waive this license requirement if the physicians is to serve in a country other than the United States and the dentist has licensure in that country.

   (b) Impaired Licensure.  A physician who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 14, section B, chapter 3 of this part.

(4) Physical Requirements:  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

(5)  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), 7407(d). 

The above is an excerpt from VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2.  For the full text, see the Handbook on file in the Human Resources Management Service.


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.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.


Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:


Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers multiple plans plans. For additional information visit:


Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:


Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:


Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For addtional information visit:


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


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850 IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 821857.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013.


You must provide a complete application package which includes:

1.  Current resume or CV

2.  VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians (Available at (required and must be signed and dated). 

3.  The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire) - if unable to apply on line.

4.  OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at 

5.   Copy of your transcripts which shows the degree conferred and date.

6.   Copy of your license, which shows your current expiration date.

7.  If claiming veteran's preference you must include the following documents:

a.  All copies of your DD Forms 214, member 4 copy (required).  

b.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at, required if claiming.

c.  A copy of your disability rating letter (required if claiming).






Human Resources Office
Phone: (228)523-5780
Agency Information:
Psychiatry Service
400 Veterans Avenue
Biloxi, MS


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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