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The incumbent will serve as the Chief of the Psychiatry Section under the Mental Health Service. As a large 1A facility in Central Florida, with 4 large medical centers and 5 CBOCs, we treat over 125,000 patients from which at least 35,000 are receiving mental health treatment. The Mental Health Service is structured as a Product Line with the Psychiatry Section Chief reporting directly to the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health Service. 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. Board Certification: Physicians are generally not required to be board certified for employment in VA; however, three circumstances in VA require physician board certification: (1) If the position being filled is required to be a supervisor for medical students or physician residents (including fellows), the LCME, ACGME or AOA standards requiring a particular board certification credential will apply. (2) If the position being filled will have faculty status with an affiliated medical school (for example, in joint recruitments with affiliated medical schools), then a medical school requirement for board certification will apply to the jointly recruited position. (3) If the position being filled is required to be board certified by virtue of specific VHA policy (for example, as director of a cardiac catheterization laboratory or Director of Clinical Laboratory Medicine), then VHA policy requiring board certification will apply.] Preferred Experience: Preferred experience as a supervisor within the Mental Health or Psychiatry Services in the VA system. Preferred experience with academic appointment. 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: Must pass a pre-employment physical examination as required by VA Handbook 5019. This examination is administered by VA Occupational Health. This position requires: light to moderate lifting (15 - 44 LBS); light carrying (15 LBS and under); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 2 hours); standing (up to 2 hours); kneeling (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; mental stability; working closely with others; and working alone. ["The section under the Psychiatry Section Chief includes the following programs: Inpatient Mental Health Unit (40 beds), Consult Liaison, Somatic Treatment Section (ECT, rTMS and Esketamine), Neuropsychology Section and SUD Program (outpatient and IOP SUD services). It also supervises MH services for CLC, HBPC and Hospice. The Psychiatry Section Chief is considered the Subject Matter Expert for matters of psychiatric treatment. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Clinical Duties - 10% The overall responsibilities are typically include, but are not limited to: The position encompasses and has the potential to work in multiple different settings, including inpatient (CARE Unit), outpatient Mental Health Clinics, Mental Health Residential and Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DOM), Consultation & Liaison, Substance Abuse clinic, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (CORE), Mental Health/Primary Care Integration, Community Living Center, Home Based Primary Care, resident and medical student teaching and research. Incumbent serves as a provider of psychiatric care as part of a multi-disciplinary team. An essential element is active knowledge of the medical records system (CPRS). This shall include using the computerized medical record system for progress note orders, and medical record review and completion of such records in a complete and timely manner Management Duties - 90% The Psychiatry Section Chief exercises independent judgment in carrying out duties and responsibilities that include but are not limited to clinical programs under Psychiatry section programmatic supervision and oversight. He/she will also be responsible to develop action plans to meet performance measures targets as well as for the development and oversight of performance improvement activities and Psychiatry section redesign projects. The Section Chief of Psychiatry will be responsible for assisting the ACOS and Deputy ACOS for Mental Health in the tracking, monitoring, reporting, supervision and oversight of: performance measures, staff's productivity, service reports, and special requests for reports, supervision of clinical and administrative staff. The Psychiatry Section Chief shall actively develop and review patient satisfaction, practice efficiency, troubleshoot clinical issues, participate in meetings with other services administrative staff, performs needs assessments of clinical areas and team meetings when indicated. He/she supervises program managers that are in turn responsible to arrange coverage for provider absences; works with the onsite leadership on issues pertinent to the service; develops provider staffing models; coordinates resource requests with the ACOS and Deputy ACOS for Mental Health for submission to facility's leadership; tracks workload; and supervises all staff under the section, including professional development plans, recruitment/retention and disciplinary issues when appropriate. The Psychiatry Section Chief is considered the Subject Matter Expert in matters of Psychiatry for the MH Service. As such, he/she will be expected to be involved in matters such as FPPE/OPPE for psychiatrists and APRNs, Peer Review process and any other issue or process that requires the expertise of the profession. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM\nFinancial Discloser Report: Not Required\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Eligible (See 'Additional Information\" section for more info)\nRecruitment Incentive: Authorized"]
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