Physician - Psychiatrist Addiction Recovery Treatment Services Director
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Oakland, California
Internal Number: 687659600
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. Preferred Experience: DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. 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: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Position Eligible Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact Susan.Bringel@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 The Psychiatrist will serve as the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) and the Addiction Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) Director at the Oakland Community Based Outpatient Clinic (OKCBOC). The OKCBOC provides a broad range of outpatient care, which includes, in addition to mental health services, primary care, dermatology, podiatry, dental, audiology, optometry, HUD-VASH and HBPC. The Psychiatrist OTP/ARTS Director has responsibility for all clinical and administrative services in the program and is directly responsible for the management and supervision of the interdisciplinary team. The Psychiatrist OTP/ARTS Director has general proficiencies in leadership and administration, teaching and training, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, addiction medicine, and clinical service, consultation services, and scholarly activities. The incumbent directly reports to the Director of Mental Health for the OKCBOC and has a dotted line reporting relationship to the Director of Addiction Services at the SFVAMC. The Psychiatrist OTP/ARTS Director of is a member of the management team of the San Francisco VAMC Mental Health Service and represents the Oakland Addiction Services at relevant Medical Center management meetings and to outside groups such as Community Mental Health, Colleges, and Veteran's Organizations. This position would provide two distinct roles: Oakland CBOC ARTS Deputy Director and the Opiate Treatment Program Medical Director: Major Responsibilities include but not limited to: Oversee the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services portion of the Oakland CBOC mental health services and report to the Oakland CBOC Mental Health Director. Has direct administrative supervisory responsibility for a large interdisciplinary team, and is responsible for all professional, management, and administrative aspects of the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services. These programs are highly complex and broad in scope. Will write or assist in the production of yearly performance appraisals for the staff s/he supervises, contributes to the development of performance improvement plans, and takes disciplinary action when needed. The incumbent is responsible for decisions concerning distribution of staff time. Has the ability to balance responsibilities in a complex environment and to work with great autonomy; ability to set priorities and delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze complex organizational problems; and develop and implement effective solutions for those problems. Oversee the administration and operations of medical care within the Opioid Replacement Program, coordinated with nursing and other staff within the program. Maintains a panel of patients with substance use and a variety of psychiatric disorders in collaboration with other mental health disciplines and services to provide comprehensive mental health care. Will be well versed in managing and providing oversight for detoxification and withdrawal management, medication assisted therapy, methadone maintenance therapy, alcohol use disorder treatment, tobacco use disorder treatment, benzodiazepine tapering, and other substance use disorder treatments. Works with the Program Manager and Quality Management to ensure compliance with VA and other policy and procedure, including an office-based buprenorphine clinic, extended-release buprenorphine clinic (Sublocade), and extended-release naltrexone clinic (Vivitrol), and overdose education and naloxone distribution clinic. These clinics have been created to complement the longstanding SFVA methadone treatment clinic. Will work in tandem with San Francisco VA Opioid Treatment Program (SFVA OTP) Work Schedule: Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM-4:30PM"]
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.