Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist) in Amarillo, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Lubbock County, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 4/28/2017 (186 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1818338

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?

*Telework Eligible: Yes *

Work Location: On site or work from home

Please note: This is an open continuous announcement that will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency. There will be multiple cut-off dates on (date) put dates bi weekly cutoff or, every two weeks beginning on October 18, 2016: Additional cut-off dates may be established until all vacancies have been filled.

"Work for Amarillo Mental Health – where you will be a valued member of our integrated interdisciplinary service line, garnering some of the best Veteran and Provider satisfaction in the country, and promoting a healthy collegial team atmosphere. Be a BHIP Team leader and build your own care team with talented social worker therapists, psychologists, and Peer Specialists who all work under the same service umbrella, and enjoy collaborating and supporting each other."

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

The Amarillo VA Health Care System is seeking staff Psychiatrists in Amarillo and Lubbock, TX.

The applicant(s) selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact the Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

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Include, but are not limited to:

Admit, evaluate, diagnose, treat, provide consultation and perform History and Physical examinations to adult patients presenting with mental, behavioral, addictive or emotional disorders, e.g., psychoses, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, adjustment disorders, behavior modification, mental problems related to addictive disorders and the special and emotional problems related to addiction and substance abuse (alcoholism and other drug dependencies, such as psychoactive drug use and addiction,) utilizing all forms of psychological and social treatment including medications. Privileges include providing consultation with physicians in other fields regarding mental, behavioral or emotional disorders, pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, family therapy, behavior modification, and emergency psychiatry as well as the ordering of diagnostic, laboratory tests, and prescribe medications.

Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Position does require on-call rotation, some evening and rotating Saturday work to cover after hour clinics.

Pay will be commensurate with training, experience, and market.

AFGE Bargaining Unit position

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 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 .

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:a. Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States. b. Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. c. Licensure and Registration. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in ANY State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. d. First-Year Residency (Internship). Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.


Current certification or active participation in the examination process leading to certification in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry;


Successful completion of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredited post-graduate trainingprogram in psychiatry;


Be grandfathered in from previous experience

* And*

Applicants for initial appointment must be able to demonstrate the provision of inpatient, outpatient, or consultative services for at least 100 evaluations, assessments or interventions during the past 12 months, or demonstrate successful completion of a hospital-affiliated accredited residency, special clinical fellowship or research.

Applicants for renewal of clinical privileges must demonstrate competence and volume of experience of 200 evaluations, assessments or interventions with acceptable results in the privileges requested for the past 24 months based on results of quality assessment/improvement activities and outcomes. Evidence of current ability to perform privileges requested is required of all applicants for renewal of privileges.

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.

* 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.

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.

Physical Requirements:

Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1 hour), standing (1 hour), near vision correctable to 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20, hearing (aid permitted), emotional/mental stability, working inside and outside, working closely with others, working alone, working with hands in water, protracted or irregular hours of work, slippery or uneven walking surfaces.

Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. The VHA physician brochure 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).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $255,880.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens

Control Number: 452508900

Job Announcement Number: AMA-17-GS-1818338-OCA