Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief of Psychiatry in Harlingen, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Harlingen, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 4/15/2016 (192 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1678611

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?

The VATVCBHCS is comprised of the Corpus Christi Outpatient Clinic (CCOPC), Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic (CCSC), Harlingen Outpatient Clinic (HOPC), Health Care Center at Harlingen (HCC), Laredo Outpatient Clinic (LOPC), and McAllen Outpatient Clinic (MCOPC). The VATVCBHCS is an ambulatory health care system providing health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. The VATVCBHCS also operates a 100-patient Home Based Primary Care program and a 200-patient Care Coordination Home Tele-Health Program. Through the utilization of inpatient/emergency department contracts, approximately 2600 inpatient admission and 5800 ER visits are managed by VATVCBHCS. Affiliated with the University of Texas Regional Academic Health Campus, the system has an active ambulatory care program and serves as a teaching and training site for medical residents. The VATVCBHCS is responsible for an enrollee population of over 30,000 veterans and 350,000 outpatient visits annually.


As the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATCBHCS) Chief of Psychiatry, the incumbent will have the opportunity to foster development the Psychiatry Service line for one of VHA's newest health care systems, guide the development of a Psychiatry Residency in partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School, and become a member of a high performing mental health team. Working under the direction of the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health (ACOS-MH) and in collaboration with the Mental Health Administrative Officer (AO), the Chief of Psychiatry is responsible for the overall operation of the Psychiatry Service Line at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System. At present, the VATVCBHCS Psychiatry Staff consists of 14.25 staff psychiatrists serving multiple programs within the VATVCBHCS including a robust telemedicine program which offers innovative care solutions to rural Veterans. The overall Mental Health Service Line is comprised of a variety of general and specialty services intended to deliver holistic care within an interdisciplinary the context. Such programs include: general outpatient mental health (BHIP), Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP), Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM), Homeless Program, Veterans Justice Outreach Program, Therapeutic and Supported Employment Services (TSES), Virtual PTSD Treatment Team (VPTT), as well as Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI). The VATVBCHCS consists entirely of outpatient facilities with all inpatient care and residential treatment occurring via contracts with community facilities and/or referrals to neighboring VAMCs. This arrangement negates the need for call duty among psychiatry staff and affords clinicians with opportunity for ample work-life balance in which to enjoy one's personal time, the tropical surroundings, nearby beaches and rich culture of the Rio Grande Valley.

Administrative duties include but are not limited to: responsibility for the overall management of the VATVCBHCS Psychiatry Service Line, providing leadership and accountability for all aspects of psychiatric care at the VTAVCBHCS, utilization of data to formulate both short and long term strategic goals for the service line, implementation of general policies, standards, and goals that are consistent with the mission of VHA and in compliance with applicable accreditation agencies, monitor and ensure efficient and appropriate operation of the service line, manage all personnel aspects of the Psychiatry Service, and collaborate with the ACOS-MH to ensure effective operation of the overall Mental Health Service Line.

Clinical duties include but are not limited to: provision of psychiatric care in an outpatient setting including diagnosis, management, and follow-up of psychiatric patients, review and make recommendations for transfer to a tertiary care center when appropriate, serve as an attending to medical students and psychiatry residents, and serve as the VA Psychiatry Residency Director/Coordinator in cooperation with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Of note, the VATVCBHCS currently consists of outpatient based care only, therefore no call duty is required for clinical providers.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Chief of Psychiatry

Note: This is a Non-Bargaining Unit Position.

Note: Recruitment and Relocation Incentives may be authorized.

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:

  • 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; 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.

Residency TrainingPhysicians must have completed 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. (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 accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or

(2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.

Certification/Licensure: Board Certification-Highly Preferred PHYSICIAN STAFF REQUIREMENTS**

a. Staff PhysicianNone beyond the basic requirements.

The individual must qualify to perform duties as a physician, have completed an accredited residency and/or possess experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision. Staff physicians may also include attending's who train physician residents assigned in facilities with residency training programs, and consultants who are capable of giving authoritative views and opinions on subjects in their field of medicine.

b. Leadership/Manager PositionsPhysician leadership and manager positions may be Chief of Staff, Directors (i.e., medical center and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN)); selected positions in Central Office; Distinguished Physicians; and Service Chiefs or Service Line Managers.

Positions are approved for these levels based on the scope and complexity of the assignment and the level of responsibility.

Service Chief or Line ManagerA Service Chief or Line Manager physician must demonstrate the following:

(a) Outstanding professional ability in the practice of medicine or a medical specialty;

(b) Ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within their respective domain. These programs would include, but are not limited to medical practice, professional standards, personnel issues, and quality and performance improvement.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard, dated December 17, 2015.

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:The Chief of Psychiatry position will require light lifting, and light carrying under 15 pounds, use of fingers, some walking (.5 hours) and standing (1.0 hour) throughout the day, and from to and from offices. This position will require working outside and inside, working alone and working closely with others.

Security Clearance


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.

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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: $130,000.00 to $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 435849300

Job Announcement Number: VCB-16-AO-1678611-OCA