Within the context of serving as a member of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System at the Mayaguez Outpatient Clinic (MOPC) this psychiatrist is accountable to the MOPC/Arecibo Clinic Program Manager and Chief of Psychiatry Service or designee in the management of responsibilities in the provision of psychiatric care and the participation in educational and research activities of the Psychiatry Service within the MOPC of VA Caribbean Healthcare System.
Provides cross coverage in outpatient and inpatient areas.
As a provider of psychiatric care as part of an interdisciplinary team provides examination and treatment and coordination of medical care with the Family Physician, Internist, Physician Assistant, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Nurse Practitioner, coordinates consultations, referral of patients, operation of quality assurance and utilization programs including peer reviews, open and closed medical record reviews and utilization reviews.
Using computerized medical record system enters progress notes, orders, and medical record review and completion of such records in a complete and timely manner.
Provides clinical assessment/evaluation of veterans with difficult and complex mental health issues, selecting them from a variety of resources and clinical approaches including non-direct and cognitive behavior therapy, behavior modification, insight oriented methods, family therapy, relaxation training, medication management, etc.
Assures every mental health patient has an assigned Mental Health Treatment Coordinator, either by becoming it or by assuring assignment within the interdisciplinary team.
Participates in research projects as assigned.
Coordinates preventive health care needs.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized.
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. If selected for this position, please contact Ms. Mildred Falcon, HRS at , x33933 or at ; and/or Ms. Nicole Mateo, HRS, at , x33907 or at
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Conditions of Employment
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Must be proficient in spoken Spanish
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.
Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Physical requirements outlined below. Selective Placement Factor: Must be proficient in spoken Spanish
Graduate from an ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accredited Psychiatry Residency Program.
Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - General Psychiatry certification. 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.
The position will require walking, standing or sitting for periods of up to 10 to 12 hours each day.
In addition, the incumbent will need to bend, lift and turn. Under urgent or emergency situations the incumbent will need to run, sprint or run up or down stairs.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: .
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes (upload C.V. as resume document type):
VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists & Chiropractors can be found at:, required if selected.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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