Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1791496

This is *not* a "virtual" position; it does require the psychiatrist to be located in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area.

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – To care for those "who shall have borne the battle" and their families and survivors – 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?

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 though the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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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.


The incumbent serves as a clinic patient advocate by answering patient inquiries and resolving patient concerns at a local level. He/she acts as patient advocate to assure appropriateness and quality...acts as a patient guide and advocate, assisting the patient in seeking information, assuring that the patient has the opportunity for informed consent for treatment decisions, and promoting our core I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respect to all, and to pursue Excellence.


Recruitment/relocation incentives may be authorized.


The physician serves as a staff tele-psychiatrist in the Mental Health Division (MHD) of the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS). The psychiatrist's primary duties involve carrying a caseload (telepsychiatry and non-telepsychiatry, as needed) and providing consultation to other mental health and non-mental health clinical programs. The physician will work in one or more Mental Health programs located in the Portland metropolitan area or in other urban or rural areas in Oregon. This Tele-psychiatry position provides Mental Health services to Veterans in the VAPORHCS catchment area and at times the VISN 20 network (Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska), VISN 21 (California) and VISN 22 (Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California) via telemedicine technology. A primary focus is mental health delivery to rural areas in Oregon and VISN 20.  The physician will supervise residents and fellows, engage in leadership activities, or develop medical services in the inpatient and/or outpatient arenas. The physician is an integral part of patient care, teaching and research activities, which are shared with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU); as such, the physician must qualify for a faculty appointment with OHSU. There will be an expectation that the physician will have strong communication and/or team-building skills. The MHD utilizes an interdisciplinary team model of patient care to deliver biopsychosocial treatment for Veterans, with MHS physicians functioning as core members of these treatment teams.

A physician in the MHD at the VAPORHCS is a licensed, independent provider who is highly skilled in the evaluation and treatment of patients with a broad range of behavioral health problems. The physician will be Board Certified (or, Board-Eligible) in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

This is *not* a "virtual" position; it does require the psychiatrist to be located in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No