This position is the Section Chief for Psychiatric Services and Medical Director for the Behavioral Health Service (BHS) at VAMC Spokane. In this role, incumbent serves as the senior physician, subject matter expert, and advisor to Chief of Behavioral Health Service in all matters related to psychiatric and medical care. 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. Preferred Experience: 2 years supervisory experience preferred Experience with inpatient and outpatient settings preferred Experience with Veterans preferred 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, both hands required, Specific visual requirement: see computer screen, hearing (aid may be permitted), prolonged sitting (2+ hours). Environmental Factors: Outside and inside, working closely with others, working alone, protracted or irregular hours of work. ["Supervisory Responsibilities: (70%) Provides clinical oversight of all inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care at the Spokane VAMC. Incumbent is responsible for the quality of all psychiatric evaluation, intervention, and consultation offered by physicians, mid-level prescribers, and others. Responsible for development and oversight of policies and procedures for psychiatric care and consultation offered at VAMC Spokane. Coordinates and provides (directly and/or through subordinate supervisors) clinical oversight of all physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and para-professionals who provide or support provision of psychiatric care. Coordinates and monitors clinical training and development of psychiatry staff and those who support provision of psychiatric care. Assures that all psychiatric providers are competent to practice as privileged. Conducts or delegates to psychiatry staff protected peer reviews for identified cases. Develops and proposes systems for assessing and monitoring clinical outcomes for psychiatric care, as well as for improving clinical practices through outcome data. Collaborates closely with Chief for Psychological and Psychotherapeutic Services and BHS program coordinators to assure that treatment planning and delivery throughout BHS is Veteran centered, holistic, continuous, and thoroughly collaborative. As requested by ACOS, serves as liaison to other medical services, working to assure that mental health and medical care are integrative and complementary. As requested by ACOS, serves as Acting ACOS. Clinical Responsibilities: (20%) Provides a full range of psychiatric care and consultation as outlined by clinical privileges. Through training and policy development, leads service in implementation of evidence-based psychiatric assessment and intervention. Sets tone of professionalism, collaboration, and clinical excellence among psychiatry team. Academic/Teaching/Training: (5%) As Medical Director for BHS, actively contributes to the training of psychiatry residents. Works with local training director and regional program director to develop and implement training rotations and/or electives that support the needs of residents as well as the strategic goals of the organization. Trains and supervises psychiatry residents and, as appropriate, trainees of related disciplines. Trains and consults with facility medical, clinical, and administrative staff regarding psychiatric services for Veterans. Coordinates and monitors clinical training for those providing and supporting psychiatric care. Other Significant Responsibilities: (intermittently) As requested by ACOS and facility leadership, represents BHS, the Medical Center, and the VA in the community, at professional events, and in conferences or meetings with colleagues, staff from other disciplines, representatives of local public interest groups, congressional district offices, employees of State and local governments, or others. Serves on Medical Center, VISN, and/or VACO committees and task forces. Participates as member of VAMC Spokane Medical Staff. Actively participates in state and national professional organizations. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Not authorized Virtual/Remote: This not a virtual or remote position Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized for highly qualified candidates Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not authorized Employee Debt Reduction Program: Not authorized 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 VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. 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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.