Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Psychiatry, Knoxville Outpatient Clinic Mental Health Clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee

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

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (17 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1818206

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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 Mountain Home VA Healthcare System is seeking a well-qualified, board certified/board eligible Psychiatrist to be a part of the William C. Tallent VA Outpatient Clinic located in beautiful Knoxville, TN. Good times and good friends await you in Knoxville, a modern Appalachian city with great dining, nightlife, museums, shopping, family fun and championship sports. Whatever you seek, you'll find it here. Knoxville is home to museums, historic homes, one of the top zoological parks in the Southeast, college and professional sports, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, plus great golfing, fishing and boating, and an ever-changing world of musical events, festivals and celebrations. In Knoxville, you are sure to find a wonderfully diverse mix of big-city amenities and attractions delivered with small-town charm and hospitality.

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.

The Mountain Home VA Healthcare System strongly encourages persons that are interested in and may represent multicultural diversity to apply. We have a long-standing Multicultural Diversity Committee led by mental health professionals devoted to educating, monitoring and furthering our awareness, practice and outcomes in regards to multiculturalism.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


The Psychiatrist position will center around the management of outpatient mental health clients in a busy Mental Health clinic setting and will include some management of severe and persistently mentally ill individuals who are receiving long acting injectable agents. Experience in team-based care is helpful and the incumbent will be involved with a team consisting of, at minimum, an MD, several psychotherapists and other clinicians. The clinic is longstanding and is well-established. There has traditionally been a very low provider turnover in this setting. Experience with Veterans, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and associated comorbidities would be specifically valued. Board Certification in Psychiatry is highly valued as it is required for supervisory activity. Many opportunities for professional development are associated with this position including Grand Rounds and teaching opportunities within the Medical Center.

Work Schedule: This facility has a unique, compressed Tour of Duty consisting of four days per week, 6:45 am - 5:30 pm. This will include occasional rotations on Saturday, shared amongst all physicians at the clinic.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses are not authorized for this position.

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.
  • Education. 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.
  • Licensure. 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience: Board certification in Psychiatry, or Board Eligible within two years of completion of a Psychiatry residency.

Grade Determinations: 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 attendings 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.

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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

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: Physicians should be physically and mentally capable to perform the examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan, and educate residents. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeating bending. They should be emotionally and mentally stable and capable of performing the duties of the position.

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.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

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

Salary Range: $180,000.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452586100

Job Announcement Number: 621-38-16-181-WLH1818206-BU