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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. Education: 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. Staff Physician. None beyond the basic requirements. The individual must qualify to perform duties as a physician, have completed an accredited residency and/or possess experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision. Staff physicians may also include attendings who train physician residents assigned in facilities with residency training programs, and consultants who are capable of giving authoritative views and opinions on subjects in their field of medicine Additional Requirement: Board Eligible is required. Board certification in psychiatry is encouraged. Preferred Experience: Required Previous Experience. The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate that he/she has provided treatment or consultative services for at least 100 patients during the past 24 months. A letter of reference must come from the residency director and/or chief of psychiatry from another hospital and/or current/prior supervisor from an inpatient/outpatient treatment facility where the applicant has been affiliated for the last two years. Setting Specific Areas: Inpatient; Outpatient Clinic; Substance Abuse; Long Term Care; Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM); Domiciliary; Telepsychiatry. 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: The work is primarily sedentary and performed in a typical office setting, involving a normal amount of sitting, walking, standing, carrying, etc. Regular trips to patient treatment areas and exam rooms are essential. There is frequent use of computer monitor and keyboard. The setting may be quite stressful at times because of the complexity and quantity of work ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Lucas.Bittenbender@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid 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)\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 (must be full-time with board certification)\nMalpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided\nContract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting PSYCHIATRY CORE CLINICAL PRIVILEGES: Psychiatric admission to inpatient unit, including work-up, diagnostic assessment, and provision of treatment; conduct risk and memory (MMSE/MoCA) assessments on patients using psychiatric principles; perform mental status examinations; perform AIMS; diagnose movement disorders; perform MMSE; make psychiatric diagnoses using current DSM and ICD criteria; provide psychiatric consultation to other providers on patients with mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders; manage a full range of psychotropic medication; manage psychiatric issues in geriatric patients; manage patients with addictive disorders; perform supportive psychotherapy; perform eclectic cognitive psychotherapy; perform group psychotherapy; perform family and marital therapy; evaluation, admission, and detoxification of alcohol/opiate dependence. CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Diagnostic assessment, evaluation and treatment of patients with mental, behavioral or emotional disorders. Manage patients with addictive disorders, perform supportive psychotherapy and perform mental status examinations on patients using psychiatric and recovery-oriented principals. Initial and ongoing assessment of patient's mental, physical, and psychosocial status, including but not limited to: Obtain and document a comprehensive medical and psychological history and physical examination Formulates and record diagnostic impressions Manage minor acute medical problems Take call - remotely and in-person (approximately 90%/10% ratio - subject to change) Order, review and interpret diagnostic tests and take appropriate action Refer patient to consultations with specialty clinics Provide medical advice to patients, families, other services and community health providers Provides appropriate patient education on treatment of Mental Health conditions Be proficient with the VA EHR (CPRS) Clinical Demonstrates current clinical knowledge Acquires and maintains current knowledge in practice (assessments, therapies, clinical skills, etc.) to effectively meet patient needs as well as program, service, functional area or system performance. Attends Medical Center and community meetings, seminars, conferences and represents a professional image of Physician health professional member of the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. Designs/revises formal standards of practice to improve patient outcomes and health care delivery process at the service, functional group, Medical Center, network, or community levels. Collaborates with interdisciplinary teams in implementing standards of practice. Administrative Implements policies and procedures related to patient care delivery with team approach. Participates in interdisciplinary patient care planning and problem resolution Reports and documents patient care services according to SOP's and Medical Center policies. Serves on process action teams, task forces, investigative boards and committees, as assigned, and provides appropriate communication and feedback to the Chief of Mental Health Service regarding impacts that effect our service. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm."]
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