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Job Title:Staff Physician (Psychiatrist-Telemedicine)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-671-970358-13-OC-PRJ

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$97,987.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, September 30, 2013 to Monday, March 31, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

VM-0602-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
San Antonio, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

JOB SUMMARY:

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?

Welcome to the South Texas Veterans Health Care System

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: http://www.sanantonio.gov/

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.

DUTIES:

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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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:  

·         Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

 

·        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.

  •        ·         First-Year Residency (Internship)

Preferred Experience:

1. Board certified or working toward board certification in Psychiatry.

2. Four year accredited Psychiatry Resident Program.

3. Basic Life Support (BLS) and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training.

 

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.


PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be reviewed.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. 

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience. 


BENEFITS:

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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. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online but may apply via Fax as outlined below.  You may also express your interest, obtain additional information about the position, or seek application assistance by emailing your C.V. to pamela.jones9@va.gov.

If you are applying for this position online or by fax, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 31, 2014, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement.

 

1.    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

 

2.    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

 

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850-Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor, REQUIRED)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·Resume
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

 

VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf) (required).

 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX – Occupational Questionnaire Form) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.    To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 970358

2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.    Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf. 

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Pamela R. Jones
Phone: (210)617-5300x14183
Email: PAMELA.JONES9@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Psychiatry
7400 Merton Minter Blvd
San Antonio, TX
78229

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your application material, your experience will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic qualifications of the position.  Your will be notified via email when this decision has been made.


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-671-970358-13-OC-PRJ

Control Number:

352641400