Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatry)--Temple in Temple, Texas

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

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (15 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/10/2017 (349 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1818580

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.

The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS), is comprised of two large Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers located in Temple and Waco, a large stand-alone multi-specialty outpatient clinic in Austin, four outpatient clinics located in Brownwood, Bryan/College Station, Cedar Park, and Palestine plus a rural outreach clinic in La Grange.

CTVHCS has affiliation agreements with Texas A&M; College of Medicine/Baylor-Scott and White Healthcare System, the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, and the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 250 Residents and Fellows are trained annually at CTHVCS, plus more than 200 medical students per year. Over 100 CTVHCS medical staff have faculty appointments with Texas A&M; College of Medicine.

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 incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for a student loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Please contact the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinators for this medical center at to obtain additional information.

*Position is open until filled*

This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until 10/10/2017. This vacancy has multiple cut-off dates, with the 1st Cut-off date being 10/25/2016 and subsequent cut-offs every 14 days. Management retains the right to make additional selections as positions become available.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.


The incumbent will be assigned to the Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine (MH&BM;) Service, and may provide psychiatric services to patients seeking treatment in the Primary Care Behavioral Health Clinic (Primary Care-Mental Health Integration) outpatient General Mental Health Services and provide support for the Consult/Liaison and SATP ambulatory Detox patients in Temple. The primary responsibilities will be the diagnostic assessment, medication management, and coordination of care for individuals with co-occurring disorders and serious mental illnesses, including Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, SUD and PTSD. The skills preferred: knowledge, training or interest in the diagnosis and treatment of SUDs, including interest in, or familiarity with use of buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorder, naltrexone for the treatment of alcohol use disorder and ambulatory detoxification of mild alcohol withdrawal. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • The incumbent will facilitate transfers to the Waco Inpatient Psychiatry Unit for those Veterans requiring acute psychiatric hospitalization.

  • Research opportunities are available and encouraged. It will be expected that the incumbent will support research and training activities including those at the Center of Excellence.

  • The incumbent will perform teaching activities and supervision of Medical Education residents and medical students, as available.

  • The incumbent will maintain an academic pursue appointment with the Texas A&M; Health Science Center College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.

  • The incumbent will provide collaborative support to Pharmacy Doctorate level prescribers and residents, as assigned.

  • The incumbent will provide collaborative support for Advanced Practice Nurses, as assigned.

  • Interest and expertise in management of psychiatric emergencies and provision of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy is preferred

  • Board certification is preferred.

This is a bargaining unit 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:

  • Must be US Citizen (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

  • Must have a 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 an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

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

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

  • 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

  • Must have completed a 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.)

Preferred Experience: Board certification in Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Interest and expertise in management of psychiatric emergencies and provision of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.

Staff Physician: 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.

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:Moderate Lifting, 15-44 lbs; Light Lifting, under 15 lbs; Use of fingers; New 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; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

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 $320,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Current, permanent CTVHCS employees; Current, permanent VA employees; Current, permanent Federal employees; U.S. Citizens (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

Control Number: 452702500

Job Announcement Number: AG3817004-Cro-1818580-BU