This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. Basic Requirements: 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. 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. Physical Requirements: Sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeating bending. Incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable and capable to perform the duties of the position. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. (Please click this link to learn more about the benefits the VA offers) Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): approved Learn more.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact VISN2EDRPcoordinators@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting This Psychiatrist is assigned to both the Primary Care Mental Health Integration team(PC-MHI) and Mental Health Clinic (MHC) at the Brick CBOC Out Patient Medical Center This position is very crucial to provide the necessary standard of care to the veterans who receive their treatment in Primary Care and require Mental Health evaluation and treatment. The Primary Care Mental Health Clinic supports a busy Primary Care Service which has PACT teams (3 days a week).as well as covering smaller outpatient clinic with minimal Mental Health clinicians. The Veterans enrolled in the area are vary in age from the recently discharged to the elderly and have complicated medical and psychiatric needs. The PCMHI Psychiatrist provides same day access to PACT veterans wishing to establish mental health care or reconnect with care with functional assessments and then brief follow up and medication management. It requires them to work collaboratively with the PACT doctors providing education and treatment as well. The PCMHI team works closely and collaboratively for consultation and referral. The PCMHI Psychiatrist also to provides same day MH consultation, ongoing treatment and coordination of care for patients referred from the MHC. This includes positive screens and assessment of Veterans who are in distress or have fallen out of treatment at MHC and are seeking to re-connect to MHC or any patient for which the primary care provider feels is in need of evaluation. Telephone triage for Mental Health consults at the CBOCS involves reviewing every mental health consult placed by those primary care providers and outreaching by phone, letter (or both) to insure urgent cases are not waiting for routine appointments and all veterans are aware of emergency contact information as well as managing acute needs. The primary care Psychiatrist is critical to meet the National same day access guidelines. The goal is to increase Mental Health Access for Primary Care patients, provide care management, and to increase our Primary Care MH penetration rate up to the recommended 10%. The MHC portion of this position (2 days a Week) provides individual session for Veterans needing medication management. The incumbent is responsible for providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management to the outpatients in the Brick clinic Work Schedule: Monday - Friday , 8am-4:30pm"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.