Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 970358

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) is comprised of two inpatient campuses: the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio and the Kerrville VA Hospital in Kerrville, Texas. The STVHCS serves one of the largest primary service areas in the nation, with 63 counties, and is part of the VA Heart of Texas Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 17), with offices located in Arlington, Texas. Providing a service to Veterans with a working staff of more than 3,100 employees, South Texas provides health care services for 93,000 Veterans. The STVHCS is a facility providing primary, secondary and tertiary health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. It also supports a 90 bed Extended Care Therapy Center, a 30-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, an eight-bed Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. Affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the system has an active ambulatory care program with numerous satellite outpatient clinics.VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

City of San Antonio Information:

This is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

You 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 that are received by 11:59 PM (EST) on October 15, 2013, will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after October 15, 2013, will be reviewed and referred for consideration as they are received.

A relocation or recruitment incentive may be authorized. 

Relocation expenses:  Relocation expenses are not authorized.

The payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized.


GENERAL DUTY DESCRIPTION: The Psychiatry Service telemedicine staff physician provides comprehensive care for patients who have illnesses within the scope of Psychiatric Medicine. In addition to patient care, the psychiatrist may have responsibilities in other areas, such as education and research. The telemedicine psychiatrist will conduct evaluation, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, supportive, and problem-solving sessions generally of 25 or 50 minutes, but as clinical circumstances demand, in face-to-face interviews, in telephone visits, and in tele-mental health visits via remote video connection. The psychiatrist will use recommended communication measures in tele-mental health visits. He/She will use VA computer charting proficiently to review patient notes and to document all calls and visits. The psychiatrist will be familiar with differing safety and emergency protocols for the remote sites at which patients in tele-mental health visits occur. The psychiatrist will use established professional principles in maintenance of panels, including cross-coverage arrangements, and termination procedures and documentation. The Psychiatry Service telemedicine staff physician is also responsible for providing primary, secondary, and tertiary care in both hospitalized and outpatient settings, identifying patients' mental and medical health problems and designing diagnostic and therapeutic plans to meet these needs. He/She is responsible for coordinating activities of other health service personnel, resolving problems affecting patient care and providing appropriate education for the patient and/or family members regarding the patient's care, patient's illness and its management. The care provided is to comply with clinical practice guidelines as measured by the External Peer Review Program and the Clinical Reminder reports. The staff physician is responsible for teaching house staff, medical students and other health professionals during ward rounds, clinics and in conferences and providing supervisory control and professional direction. As required, he/she will provide consultations throughout the medical center, compensation and pension examinations, and tele-mental health assessments and treatment. As required, he/she will cover other duties as assigned to include on-call coverage.  A major percentage of the physician's time will be devoted to patient care. Depending on other activities, sufficient time must be allotted to teaching, research, and administrative duties, as appropriate. Physicians whose responsibilities include leadership and administration will be responsible for: enforcement of STVHCS policies, rules and regulations, and of the Medical Staff Bylaws; to provide leadership in the application of clinical practice to organizational processes and/or systems improving outcomes at the service level; to achieve excellent customer satisfaction; to assure compliance with clinical practice guidelines and to work collaboratively with others; to create a system to promote state-of-the-art acute, chronic and preventive mental health care; for performance improvement process; to keep abreast of changes as appropriate; and to serve on committees as assigned. Also, those leaders who are involved in teaching programs and research are responsible to provide an environment supportive of education, training and research. All staff has responsibility to understand the VA mission; to establish effective and productive relationships with hospital administration, hospital staff, patients and the community as appropriate; to comply with training requirements and to contribute to a safe environment for patients and staff. All staff will participate in the Peer Review process.


A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Physician applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested.

Travel Required

  • Not Required