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Psychiatrist (Director of Addiction Treatment Services)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: June 6, 2021

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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.

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VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.

Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Recruitment or relocation incentive has been authorized.

Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Yes

Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases

Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 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

Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided

Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting

The Director is responsible for the overall administration, technical aspects, program planning, policies, evaluations as well as integration and implementation of clinical programs and activities for their assigned Mental Health section, which includes staff from various disciplines and services. The Incumbent provides administrative functions and leadership to a multidisciplinary staff; catalyzes assessment of the quality and effectiveness of activities, management and quality improvement techniques; and translates the results into clinical activities; program management, and policy development and implementation. She/he works in close collaboration with all MH leadership and other clinical chiefs, within VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) as well as VA nationally, as needed. The Incumbent works effectively on projects with Clinical Services in improving both inpatient and outpatient care for Mental Health. The Incumbent has a broad understanding of Veteran's VA covered services and eligibility for services and in this regard, oversees the Fee Basis Package to ensure appropriate use and approvals for non-VA services.

A. Administrative:

Provides oversight and leadership for the clinical, teaching and research functions at VAPAHCS. Responsible for the development of programs in clinical areas. Directly responsible for the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff and initiates areas of programmatic development. Responsible for establishing and maintaining high standards of excellent care in all areas. Some of these responsibilities are as follows:

  • Program Development: Searches, faculty and staff utilization
  • Resource Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Direct supervision of faculty, staff, and performance measures: QA, reporting, performance
  • Budgets: Equipment (major and minor), Clinical Services, Contracts
  • Personnel evaluations, Performance Reviews, Credentialing
  • Oversee teaching, clinical care, research
  • Design and implementation of goal sharing initiatives
  • Leadership:
  • Identify, assess, initiate, manage and evaluate programs to protect and improve the health of Veterans who use the VHA heath care system.
  • Identifies and assesses trends as they may apply to VHA health care system and Veterans served by that system.
  • Evaluates existing and related VHA health programs in order to improve those programs and/or the health care of Veterans served by the VHA health care system.
  • Provides leadership within VHA and VA for promoting public health and population health programs, mission to protect and improve the health of Veterans who use the VHA health care system.

B. Clinical:

  • Evaluation and management of patients in the setting of their assigned clinical duties.
  • The incumbent may also supervise trainees including medical students and residents in the all of these settings.
  • Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  • Instructs other personnel assigned to health care team on appropriate medical activities and functions.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am -4:30pm

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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: Addiction training, experience or certification; experience working in a multidisciplinary team, an active DATA2000 (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.


Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

  • Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
  • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
  • For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.]

NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto , Psychiatrist (Director of Addiction Treatment Services), Other , Palo Alto, California

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