Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (MH Supervisory Pyschiatrist) in Memphis, Tennessee

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

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies as need

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1807657

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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and nine community based outpatient clinics (CBOC). It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs. Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and sub specialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center. Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

The VAMC in Memphis is part of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, VISN 9, which includes facilities in Lexington and Louisville, KY; Huntington, WV; and Nashville and Mountain Home, TN.


The incumbent serves as a physician supervisor and serves as the leading psychiatrist in the Mental Health Service (MHS) Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and provides comprehensive clinical services to veterans and their families primarily in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at VAMC Memphis. The incumbent will perform general psychiatric assessment and treatment in a multi-disciplinary setting composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, nurses, physician extenders and a variety of rehabilitation/recovery therapists.

  • About 40% of Administrative/Supervisory Responsibilities. Has direct administrative and professional supervision of the following Psychiatric providers and physician extenders in the outpatient mental health clinic as well as other mental health disciplines as may become necessary for effective clinic functioning. The psychiatrist will support same-day access to mental health services for Veterans as deemed necessary by the service, in person and by telephone.

  • Ensures efficient operation of the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic in MHS. Works closely with the Section Chief of Psychiatry and acts as the Section Chief of Psychiatry in his/her absence. Seeks additional resources as warranted, with use of data-driven criteria in support of all requests. Primary responsibility for all aspects of administration in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic within MHS and in the relationship to the VA Medical Center at large. Monitors and reports to Section Chief for Psychiatry with preparation and implementation oversight for any corrective actions necessary. Decisions are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. The incumbent reports to the Section Chief of Psychiatry, and largely operates on a day-to-day basis in an independent manner, with full responsibility to keep the supervisor apprised of activities and any issues in need of close collaboration.

  • Other duties can be stretch assignments as delegated to include time-limited assignments. About 60% of Clinical Responsibility. The employee will provide treatment for beneficiaries with general psychiatric disorders primarily in the inpatient setting but also in a variety of treatment settings, including telemental health. The incumbent may need to support outpatient clinics to support increased access to Veterans when necessary. Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible to support the essential components of the mental health programs that are to be implemented nationally, to ensure that all Veterans, wherever they obtain care in VHA, have access to needed mental health services per Uniform Mental Health Services directives.

  • The incumbent may be required, as needed, to support the emergency department psychiatry duties while incumbent in the ED position is on leave or other absence. The incumbent will rotate on-call coverage with other Memphis VAMC psychiatrists and assist in cross coverage throughout the mental health service when other psychiatrists are on leave.

  • Provision of mental health treatment through Telehealth technology is considered a routine means of care delivery.

  • Training modules will be completed within the first 60 days on duty. The required skills assessment will be completed at the first opportunity following completion of the training modules, as coordinated with the facility Telehealth Lead. All providers will deliver mental health care via Telemental Health technology as part of their regular duties.

Work Schedule: 8:00am to 4:30pm (Tour of duty may include extended hours to meet the care needs of


Functional Statement:Physician (Mental Health Outpatient Clinic)/000000

Service Location:Mental Health Service

NOTE: This is an Open Continuous Announcement. The first cut off date for this announcement is September 30, 2016. All eligible applicants that apply before this date will be referred to the selection manager. Any applicants that apply after this cut off date will be reviewed and sent to selecting official upon the request.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1960.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.

  • English language proficiency. Physician appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

  • Licensure and Registration –Physicians must possess a 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

  • Educational requirements - 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

  • Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or

  • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

  • For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant.

  • Residency Training.Physicians 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.

Staff Physician.None 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 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 G2 Physician Qualification Standard.

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.

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 physical requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactory perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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: $100,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451211400

Job Announcement Number: RZ-16-LLK-1807657-T38-OCA