Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist in Ross County, Ohio

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Ross County, OH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/30/2015 (362 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1495435

Chillicothe, Ohio is nestled in the beautiful hills of Ross County. Chillicothe is blessed with an abundance of historical and recreational opportunities. There are five state parks within a 30-minute drive. Strong schools and affordable housing make Chillicothe a great place to live and work. The small town charm of this city is perfectly complimented by easy access to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati for those seeking city amenities.

Our professionals find it easy to sustain a work/life balance with competitive salaries, attractive benefits packages, and generous paid time off. Most enjoy a Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with little to no Call expectations. Paid time off is generous with 26 days of paid annual leave, 13 days of paid sick leave each year and 10 paid federal holidays. Opportunities also exist for those interested in mentoring and teaching future care givers through affiliations with several local medical schools, including the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio State University.

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.


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.**

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.


This position is located at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Psychiatrist will provide general clinical psychiatric services to Veterans and include on-call services. The Psychiatrist will treat common patient diagnoses including anxiety disorder, Post-Traumatic Disorder, Major Depression, and other mood disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and other serious Mental Illnesses, Dementia, and mental disorder related to Traumatic Brain Injuries. The Psychiatrist sees patients in an inpatient or outpatient setting; performs initial psychiatric interviews; completes initial diagnostic assessments; sees patients in follow-up; provides appropriate psychiatric care (to include prescribing medications and providing psychotherapy); completes associated charting and otherwise complies with VA guidelines and policies regarding provision of care. . The work requires administrative and practical knowledge as a Psychiatrist.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide direct clinical supervision of mid-level providers, psychiatric advanced practice nurses or physician assistant, and other staff as appropriate.

  • Exercise judgment in the selection of or adaption of standard and accepted clinical theories, techniques, and practices in treating patients or developing new techniques and programs for treatment.

  • Provides mental health treatment coordination to patients assigned to him/her as their mental health treatment coordinator.

  • Care for the patients of other providers when those providers are on sick leave or annual leave.

  • Cooperate and participate in medical studies or functions related to quality of care, peer review, improvement, and performance improvement at the direction of the Chief Psychiatrist and Mental Health care Line Manager.

*Work Schedule: *Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Some evening and weekends may apply. After-hours call responsibilities are minimal and generally limited to emergency situations when pre-arranged call coverage by other employed and fee-basis physicians has fallen through. Such call is assigned in rotation according to an emergency call roster.

Statement of Duties Title:* *General Clinical Psychiatrist. Mental Health. Psychiatrist are considered medical personnel and in addition will be assigned duties under a Scope of Practice and in addition, may be assigned specific clinical privileges.

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.
  • This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

Basic Requirements*: *

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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.

(1) Physicians (Except Residents). 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. The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.

(2) Residents. 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 before the second year of VA residency, or meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for residents of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes. The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

(3) Impaired Licensure. A physician who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3, section B, paragraph 14 of this part.

(4) Waiver of Licensure. Licensure may be waived by the Under Secretary for Health or designee in Central Office for individuals in research or academic assignments involving no direct patient care responsibilities in accordance with current regulations.

  • Must have completed a first-year residency Internship, or its equivalent.

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. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are:

(1) Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or

(2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

  • Grade Requirement.

Associate Grade. Meet the basic requirements. The individuals qualifies to perform general duties under supervision.

Full Grade.Meet the requirements for Associate grade and have completed additional training, such as the second year of an accredited residency, and/or experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties without supervision.

Intermediate Grade. Meet the requirements for Full grade, and have completed additional training such as an accredited

residency in an area not directly related to the specialty are to which the individual is being assigned, and/or experience which

has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision.

* Senior Grade.* Meet the requirements for Intermediate grade and have demonstrated recognized professional attainment

such as:

(1) Past or present faculty appointment in an approved medical school


(2) Completion of an accredited residency program in the specialist area to which the individual is being assigned or in a r

related area,


(3) Current eligibility to sit for the board certification examination in the specialty area to which the individual is

being assigned or in a related area,


(4) Comparable achievements in clinical, educational, administrative or research activities.

Preferred Experience:

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.

PLEASE 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: Incumbent must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others.

The work may require extreme patience in controlling one's emotions. The work may require using appropriate technique to physically restrain clients who present a danger to self or others. The work may also require assisting physically disabled clients and may include lifting them.

Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that involves everyday risks or discomforts which require safety precautions typical of hospitals, offices and meeting rooms. Some work is performed in a setting away from the office where the environment cannot be controlled. There may be occasional risk of physical harm that may require special precautions and training.

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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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 $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 415483900

Job Announcement Number: RW-15-JC-1495435-BU