The incumbent serves as a mental health psychiatrist at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. The focus of this position is on the provision of psychiatric services to veterans enrolled at the Health Care System. These veterans are typically between 18 and 90 years of age. This position requires the incumbent to possess or develop an understanding of the particular needs of these types of patients. Sensitivity to the special needs of all patients. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Qualifications: 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: (1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. (3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure. A psychiatrist must hold a full, current and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the US, or 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. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education for it to be credited towards qualifications. To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, there must be proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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. 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, 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 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, Federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy. Protects the data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion Follows applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc. Uses software to execute several office automations and functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text; formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail. Additional Requirement: Uses equipment effectively and can perform basic troubleshooting techniques. The Psychiatrist is aware of how to access technical resources when needed. Utilizes video telehealth (VVC) equipment to facilitate patient access to care via that technology. Ensures and documents patient consent to VVC and follows procedures to ensure patient safety and privacy during VVC Preferred Experience: Psychiatry experience preferred. 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. Physical Requirements: To perform in a fully successful manner, the individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which may require light carrying (under 15 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (up to 1 hour), standing (up to 1 hour), and both legs required. In addition, there may be exposure to the following environmental factors: working inside and outside, working closely with others, and protracted or irregular hours of work. A health examination must be successfully completed prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter as required by the Occupational Health Clinic policy. There may be intermittent exposure to blood and body fluids. ["As a psychiatrist at James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, Illinois the incumbent has the following primary functions: Support the mission of the FHCC By ensuring the highest quality of care for our veterans and active duty by assisting in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects. By monitoring the effectiveness of clinical programs to make sure they comply with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. By complying with Mental Health peer review procedures. By participating in other committee and administrative assignments as instructed. Administrative knowledge of mental health clinic settings and clinical knowledge as a psychiatrist, which includes a contemporary knowledge of evidence based medicine in the setting of active duty and veterans. Maintaining a detailed knowledge of veteran and active duty populations and the unique stressors and requirements of settings that influence the level of treatment and unique organizational demands. Assuming responsibility for independent professional functioning as a psychiatrist and regularly working with a variety of complex cases within the assigned areas. Supervising and educating psychiatric residents and medical students. Coordinating with other providers to effectively facilitate services. Complying with all CPRS and AHLTA documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g. entering diagnostic and procedure codes) Serving as the on-call psychiatrist, on-call duties include rotating daytime consultation to the ED patients, weekend coverage and rotating weekday evening phone coverage. Accountability to the Psychiatry Executive for matters involving the professional practice of psychiatry. The incumbent reports administratively to their respective department head or division leader in Mental Health. Other duties as assigned. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory\nCME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: 0730-1600"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.