This is an open continuous job opportunity announcement . Applications will be referred in the order they were received. The open continuous job opportunity announcement allows this office to accept applications/resumes as long as it is open. Applications that are eligible in accordance with the outlined Agency application procedures will be referred to fill any current and/or future vacancies. Please include area of preference in cover letter.
Recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized.
Salary determination will be made by a Compensation Panel of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
The Mental Health Service at VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) is recruiting for physicians to work at various locations (Seattle Division, Tacoma Division, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics such as but not limited to Bremerton, Mt. Vernon, Lake City, and Federal Way). Physicians may provide care to Veterans in various specialty areas, including Inpatient and Acute Care Services, Psychiatric Emergency Services, Domiciliary, Substance Use Disorders, Primary Care Mental Health Integration program, and Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, treating veterans with PTSD and a wide range of other mental health disorders. Services will be provided through various treatment modalities, such as in-person visits (individual, group, medication groups, etc.), video teleconferencing technology to distance clinic sites and/or to Veterans in their homes, telephone visits, secure email messaging, and other telemental health technologies. The physician will be Board Certified or Board Eligible in psychiatry and should be highly skilled in the evaluation and treatment of patients with a broad range of behavioral health problems. Extended hours, Saturday hours and inpatient on-call rotations may be required. In addition, telecommuting is an option for physicians providing telemental health services. MHS utilizes a multi-disciplinary team centered model of patient care to deliver biopsychosocial treatment for Veterans, and MHS physicians will function as core members of these treatment teams. The physician will engage in leadership and quality improvement activities supporting the function of medical services in the inpatient and/or outpatient arenas. In addition to clinical work, the physician will have assigned administrative and professional responsibilities to support the overall mission of the Mental Health Service, VA PSHCS, and the Veterans Administration.
The VA Puget Sound Health Care System enjoys a strong affiliation with the University of Washington School of Medicine, with the Seattle Division being its primary training site for psychiatry. Both the American Lake (Tacoma) and Seattle Divisions have robust multidisciplinary training programs, ongoing research activities, and regular opportunities for ongoing education and professional development. If the physician has appropriate qualifications and a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, they may be involved in the teaching program for residents and other trainees. There may also be opportunities for research in collaboration with the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), the Center for Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Evaluation (CESATE), as well as a number of other programs across all sites of care.
Patient care activities may include but are not limited to:
- Conducting appropriate history, physical evaluations, and mental status examinations on assigned patients.
- Completing intake assessments and developing diagnostic formulations, in accordance with the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
- Developing treatment plans (in coordination with the multidisciplinary treatment team when appropriate).
- Ordering, monitoring, and responding to all necessary laboratory and radiological assessments.
- Initiating consults and referrals as indicated.
- Pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy as indicated for assigned patients.
- Coordination of overall mental health care for patients for whom they are the assigned Principle Mental Health Provider.
- Consultation to other providers about clinical issues with their patients.
- Management of patients in crisis.
- Completing all appropriate clinical reminders.
- ECT (Seattle Division only; dependent upon appropriate clinical privileges).
- Triage and admitting to inpatient psychiatric wards.
- Call responsibilities if based at Seattle division: approximately two weekend calls a year, ten weekday calls (phone supervision) a year. Call responsibility is to provide supervision to University of Washington Psychiatry Resident.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required.
Application Close Date
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Who May Apply
United States Citizens