Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist - VA Interim Staffing Locum Tenens Program in United States

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
6 vacancies in the following location:
  • Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Excepted Service Temporary NTE 2 years

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

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1778087

The Locum Tenens Providers' branch of the Interim Staffing Program (ISP) offers the opportunity to serve patients in the Veterans Healthcare Administration's (VHA) integrated system of 152medical centers and nearly 800 community-based outpatient clinics that covers 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories. As a VHA employee, you will have the opportunity to travel throughout our healthcare system with a single, unrestricted state medical license. You will enjoy competitive pay, while the ISP covers transportation mileage from your permanent address to the location of your assignment, commuting mileage to and from work, lodging, and a meals allowance. You may also qualify for valuable Federal Employee Health Benefits.

Applications received by October 4, 2016 will be referred to the Hiring Manager for first consideration. Applications received after October 4, 2016 will be referred upon the closing of this announcement on October 20, 2016.

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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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 VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").


The VA Interim Staffing Program (ISP) is seeking self-motivated Attending/Consulting Inpatient Psychiatrists and Ambulatory Care Psychiatrists to provide and lead proactive, recovery-oriented care for Veterans in a team environment. Assignments are made on a temporary basis at VA Facilities throughout the country, and average assignments are 13 weeks in duration. The Incumbent is an independent care provider who is highly skilled in the management of a patient's mental health needs or subspecialty evaluation and treatment. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting history, physical exams and mental status exams on assigned patients.
  • Completing intake assessments and formulating diagnosis.
  • Developing and presenting treatment plans to the multidisciplinary treatment team.
  • Ordering all necessary laboratory and radiological assessments.
  • Initiating consults and referrals as indicated.
  • Psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy as indicated in the treatment plan.
  • Maintaining effective and up-to-date documentation of patient encounters.
  • Participating in professional and administrative activities as assigned.
  • Admitting, evaluating, diagnosing, treating and providing consultation to patients of all ages, except as specifically excluded from practice, presenting with mental, behavioral, addictive or emotional disorders, e.g. psychoses, depression, anxiety disorders including but not limited to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse disorders, developmental disabilities, Sexual dysfunctions, and adjustment disorders.
  • Performing psychiatry on-call duties as assigned. Call coverage is from home and occurs on average one week out of every six weeks, usually consisting of telephone consultation.

Additional duties specific to Inpatient/Consultation Psychiatrists include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing direct care for inpatients manifesting a wide variety of serious psychiatric and psychosocial problems.
  • Providing initial psychiatric assessment of patients admitted to the psychiatric unit.
  • Sharing responsibility for patient management with interdisciplinary team.

Additional duties specific to Outpatient Psychiatrists include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing consultation/liaison relationships with clinicians throughout the hospital.
  • Responding to routine, acute, or emergency consultation requests from the admission area, inpatient medical/surgical units, ICU, extended care, on-site nursing home, and emergency department.

Tele-Mental Health

  • VHA is exploring new ways of enhancing patient access to care. During your tenure as an ISP psychiatrist, you will be asked to complete foundational training required for effective delivery of tele-mental health. The ISP may offer opportunities to deploy as a tele-mental health provider.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing-designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified-positive drug test result is received.

Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Locum Tenens Assignments require a minimum of 13 consecutive weeks of travel twice a year. Travel expenses to include lodging, transportation, and meals and incidentals will be covered per VA regulation.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Random drug testing
  • Physical standards
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States. Non-US citizens will only be considered if there are no qualified U.S. citizens available.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • Possess a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia.
  • Possess a Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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 Physician Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with the appropriate professional training.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Veteran-patient specific experience.
  • Expertise in treating individuals with acute mood and/or psychotic disorders, PTSD, TBI, and other severe mental illness, often with comorbid substance use disorders.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated December 17, 2015.

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; religious; 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 provide a copy of your ECFMG certificate 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 satisfactorily 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

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. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Thursday, October 20, 2016. If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options.


Federal intermittent employees who are expected to work 130 hours per month or more for a minimum of 90 days will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employees Health Benefit plan (FEHB), but are not entitled to paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, thrift savings plan, or participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For FEHB plan and premium information, please visit the Office of Personnel Management website at:

Current, permanent VA Employees who are selected for a temporary physician position will lose their leave benefits upon transferring into the VA Interim Staffing Program. Accrued annual leave will be paid out upon transfer, and accrued sick leave will remain on file should the physician return to part-time or full-time employment at the conclusion of this temporary appointment.

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $197,000.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: AD-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 447744100

Job Announcement Number: AJP-16-CMM-1778087