This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. 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. 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: Light lifting, under 15 pounds, Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Use of fingers, Walking, Standing, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted). ["Become a member of a team providing compassionate health care to our Veterans. The Birmingham VA Healthcare System is a proud service provider to more than 60,000 Veterans annually across northern Alabama. We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity available for a Psychiatrists to join the Mental Health Service. New positions are available in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Anniston. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized up to 10% of total salary with service agreement. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Repayment of student loans over a 5-year period, up to $200,000.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Valerie.Shields2@va,gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance 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 The BVAHCS Mental Health Service Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) team and provides outpatient mental health services to Veterans and their families. Mental Health Services also include inpatient consultation to medical and surgical floors and the emergency room. Psychiatrist duties includes providing general clinical psychiatric services to Veterans, in a variety of locations and modalities including scheduled face to face, walk in, on-call, and Video Teleconferencing (CVT, VVC) services to include Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) locations outside assigned duty station. The population served is not limited to a single location or clinic. These duties include general psychiatric care of adult Veterans and may include, but are not limited to, conducting diagnostic evaluations, psychiatric consults, medication management, and individual psychotherapy. Provision of enhanced biological treatments such as rTMS may be required. The Psychiatrist may be expected to provide direct clinical consultation to multi-disciplinary staff, some at multiple sites, as appropriate. Duties may include consultation liaison services for Birmingham VAMC inpatients and Emergency Room (ER) patients as assigned by the supervisor. Duties include back-up video or telephone consultation liaison services for Birmingham VAMC inpatients to in-house mental health providers, Emergency Room (ER) patients or staff while on call. Work Schedule: Primarily 8:00-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Alternate or compressed schedules may be available. Night and Weekend back-up rotational on-call shared with other providers, for a limited number of times a year. Telework Schedule: Ad-hoc Telework schedule is available and subject to approval by the Mental Health Service Chief. Virtual/Remote: A flexible schedule is available after considering the service line's ability to manage veteran's preferences and needs. A mixed schedule of Telework and in-person work is available for most applicants. Full time telework can be requested and approved on an ad-hoc basis. Applicants living within the greater Birmingham, or closest clinic location, up to 50 mile radius area are required to provide part of their schedule for in-person visits which include consultations. Applicants to the remote CBOC locations who live within reasonable driving distance to the CBOC may be required to provide part of their time for in-person visits."]
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.