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. 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. Additional Requirement: Board eligible or Board Certified in Psychiatry Preferred Experience: At least 1 year of clinical experience in performing initial clinical diagnostic examinations and formulating treatment plans for Psychiatric patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings 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: ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized Relocation Incentive for Current VA employees: Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Hannah.Neilson@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off 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) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting General: Psychiatrist will provide Psychiatric care in the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit for the VA Maine Healthcare System (VAMHS). The Mental Health Service (MHS) provides care at the Togus campus, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Services at Togus include: the Mental Health Clinic at the Togus campus, our largest outpatient clinic; a locked inpatient unit; ; an Addiction Services program; an Integrated Primary Care (IPC) team; a Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) team; a psychology training program with interns and post doctoral residents; and provision of Compensation and Pension mental health evaluations. VAMHS MHSL has an active \"tele-mental health program\". The MH Service is participating in collaborative research projects with other research sites, and we expect this research to increase. In collaboration with the VAMHS Associate Chief of Staff for Education, the MHS is involved in teaching medical students, psychiatry residents, social workers, interns, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC), and other trainees. Clinical Responsibilities Scope of Practice Clinical services are provided by a physician who has completed residency training in Psychiatry. S/he must be qualified to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with mental illness according to standard, usual, and acceptable methods and techniques. Other duties and responsibilities include:Performing initial clinical diagnostic examinations and formulating initial treatment plans for patients. The Psychiatrist is expected to have a panel of patients s/he follows on a regular basis and will also see unscheduled patients presenting to the ED. Providing medication management services. Provision of psychotherapy services is restricted to clinicians who are trained, certified and credentialed in the provision of VA evidence-based therapy practices. Coordinating medical care for patients requiring primary care follow up, or specialty medical/surgical consultation. Facilitating admissions to inpatient MH unit. Coordinating care with inpatient Psychiatric, or Medical-Surgical, physicians. Providing clinical support, guidance and oversight for the MH services of the CBOC MH staff and liaison to Primary Care as needed and directed by MHSL management. Serving on Medical Staff Committees or representing the MHSL on special Medical Center projects or initiatives as directed by MHSL management. Performing other duties as assigned, including Supporting a specialty care clinic (E.G. Clozaril, Suboxone), evaluations and medication management in the substance abuse treatment program (including Suboxone), serving in the and participating in a research project. Successfully practicing as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, working collaboratively in a respectful fashion with nurses, social workers, clerks, mid-level providers, and other physicians. The psychiatrist will demonstrate effective communication skills in this collaborative work. Serving, as directed by MHSL management, as primary or secondary supervising physician to midlevel providers. Documenting the care provided in the electronic medical record in a timely and complete fashion. Any additional data regarding patient care will be entered into the electronic record in a timely and complete fashion. Completing appropriate clinical reminders within his/her area of clinical responsibility in the electronic medical record in a timely fashion. S/he will be aware of \"Performance Measures\" that apply to the Psychiatry service and will be collaborate in meeting those measures. Provide coverage, including on-call coverage, to the Togus Psychiatry inpatient unit as needed with proper notice and in conjunction with VAMHS rules. Work Schedule: TBD"]
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