Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist) - Home Based Primary Care in Anchorage, Alaska

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Anchorage, AK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 12/18/2015 (310 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/16/2016 (54 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1581520

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care to our nations Veterans!

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health support staff who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

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.

Working for the VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professional rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy,* Respect and *Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA is tax-free) is currently 5.57% and is subject to change in the future.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentive MAY be authorized upon review and approval by management.

PLEASE NOTE: This announcement will remain open until filled and qualified applicants will be referred as they are received. Selections may be made before the closing date.


The Psychiatrist - Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) is located at the Alaska VA Healthcare System, Anchorage, Alaska and is accountable to the HBPC Program Director and works under the clinical supervision of the HBPC Medical Director. The HBPC program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of Veterans with complex and chronic, disabling diseases. The program targets frail, chronically ill Veterans requiring care by an interdisciplinary health care team to maximize the Veterans' function and quality of life. Driving to Veterans' homes in the Anchorage and commuting areas is a regular and recurring part of this position; therefore a valid State Driver's license is required. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as a core member of the HBPC interdisciplinary team.
  • Provide primary mental health care using interpersonal and clinical skills.
  • Conduct history, physical exams and mental status exams.
  • Complete intake assessments and formulates diagnosis.
  • Develop and present treatment plans to the interdisciplinary team.
  • Order all necessary laboratory and radiological assessments.
  • Initiate consults and referrals as indicated.
  • Provide psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy as indicated in the treatment plan.
  • Maintain effective and up-to-date documentation of patient encounters.
  • Participate in professional and administrative activities as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Some evenings and weekends may be required, as well as some on-call responsibilities.

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician (Psychiatrist).

Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • HBPC is an interdisciplinary health care service that provides individualized primary care to Veterans within their homes. This position will require driving in vehicle to do home visits.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US citizenship and English language proficiency
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry
  • Background/Suitability Investigation
  • Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Random drug testing
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Valid, Unrestricted, Current State Driver's License


  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs 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 a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

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; religious; 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.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry; the Psychiatrist is an independent care provider who is highly skilled in the evaluation and treatment of mental health needs.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.

Salary determination will be made by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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 lbs); Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight pulling (1 hour); Pulling hand over hand (1 hour); Use of fingers; both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (4 hours); Repeated bending (4 hours); both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/mental stability.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. For more information, see

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Friday, December 16, 2016.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

Salary Range: $98,967.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 424642000

Job Announcement Number: VT-15-MMC-1581520-OCA