Physician - Psychiatrist - Center for the Treatment of Addictive Disorders (CTAD)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 727423500
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: DEA Suboxone X-waiver Preferred Experience: Board Certification (or board-eligible) in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine, Experience in treating substance use disorder populations. 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: Incumbent must be able to perform the above listed duties which require general overall good health, ability to sit at a desk working at a computer, engage in light to moderate physical activity during community outreach including walking, carrying supplies and to safely lift up to 50 lbs. Requires travel throughout the medical center and the community. Requires performing activities involving sitting, walking, standing, bending and carrying such items as books, papers and files. Necessary to travel into the community where he/she conducts interviews with the Veterans, families, representatives of community health and welfare agencies and law enforcement agencies. Must possess a current driver's license and drive a government vehicle in carrying out professional duties. ["Major Duties and Responsibilities of the Psychiatrist-Center for the Treatment of Addictive Disorders (CTAD) include: Responsible for the medical care of veterans admitted to CTAD residential level of care for substance use treatment. Includes assessments for and documentation of: Admission H&P Admission orders Ongoing medical assessments and management Discharge summary and discharge orders Responsible for Suboxone induction, stabilization and maintenance treatment in CTAD outpatient level of care. Responsible for H&P assessments and medical work-up for admissions to the Opioid Treatment Program for methadone induction/maintenance treatment. Responsible for chart review, veteran education and medical work-up for Vivitrol IM injections for alcohol and opioid use disorders. Provides comprehensive interventions. Provides consultation to professional staff within the Behavioral Health service line as well as other specialty programs. Develops, implements and documents the psychiatric treatment plan for an assigned caseload of Veterans, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Functions independently as a member of the Behavioral Health service line and VA Pittsburgh Medical Center, with full clinical privileges, assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assignments and findings, Veteran care decisions and medical documentation. Develops and maintains a high-quality Inpatient Behavioral Health service program while meeting all VISN and VACO Environment of Care and program requirements. As requested, provides consultation for all Behavioral Health clinicians regarding the clinical care of complex cases. Assists the section chief and service chief in the design, development and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment clinicians when called upon to do so. Adheres to operational policies and procedures in all phases of assignments focusing on providing quality care to the Veterans. Assists the section chief and service chief in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the program. Facilitates liaisons with other medical programs in order to effectively coordinate services. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely medical care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures and requirements, including timeliness standards for documentation with all notes and encounters, enters proper diagnostic and procedure codes. Complies with proper procedures for Veteran check-out, to insure continuation of care. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the ACOS of Behavioral Health or higher-level staff members. Attends regular team and Behavioral Health staff meetings. Complies with VA Pittsburgh peer review procedures. Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents and fellows as needed. Serves as a mentor for junior and new hire psychiatrists. Works cohesively with Behavioral Health staff to assure that all aspects of the Behavioral Health Service Line are functioning optimally. This includes strategic planning, setting operational priorities and deployment of resources, engaging in quality improvement, performance measure outcomes, and encouraging and improving team-oriented care for Veterans. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Partial telework available Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized Learn more. 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"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.