Physician (Psychiatry /Inpatient Mental Health)
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: June 8, 2021
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Detail is not to exceed 120 days. Losing Service/Station
required to maintain position through detail and retain employee
after detail. Losing Service/Supervisor approval required prior to
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This functional statement establishes the Quality Management
guidelines for the position of Staff Psychiatrist in General
Psychiatry in acute inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry and
other medical inpatient (consult) settings. The incumbent, who also
serves as a staff physician, reports directly to the Director of
Inpatient Mental Health, or designee, who in turn reports directly
to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Mental Health, Social Work and
Homeless Programs, and is responsible for providing psychiatric
services to eligible Veterans through the VA Palo Alto Health Care
System (VAPAHCS). The functional statement covers Psychiatrists
located in the acute inpatient psychiatry and consult setting
Functions and/or Scope:
Evaluation and management of patients;
- The incumbent will be responsible for the evaluation of
patients on the acute inpatient psychiatry units, in the emergency
room and will provide consultation to other services in the
hospital. The incumbent will also supervise trainees, including but
not limited to medical students and residents, in all of these
- Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control
methods. Instructs other personnel assigned to health care team on
preventive medicine programs and other appropriate medical
activities and functions.
- Provides on-call services and other duties as needed.
- Serve in hospital committees, such as Medication Management
Committee or Pain Committee, and attend all meetings as needed,
- Supports and enhances VAPAHCS philosophy and goals.
- Responsible for ensuring Research outcome studies are routinely
conducted according to VAPAHCS policies and procedures.
- Education of trainees and staff as required.
- All other duties as assigned.
0602 Medical Officer
- Physicians, All Other
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
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved
by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core
specialty training program leading to eligibility for board
- Proficiency in spoken and written English.
- Physical requirements outlined below.
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.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities,
schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal
employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification
requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency
with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
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