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Physician (Psychiatry /Inpatient Mental Health)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: June 8, 2021

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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 offer.

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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 within VAPAHCS.

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 settings.
  • 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.

B. Administrative:

  • Serve in hospital committees, such as Medication Management Committee or Pain Committee, and attend all meetings as needed, etc.
  • Supports and enhances VAPAHCS philosophy and goals.
  • Responsible for ensuring Research outcome studies are routinely conducted according to VAPAHCS policies and procedures.

C. Other:

  • Education of trainees and staff as required.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0602 Medical Officer

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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.
  • 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 certification.
  • 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: 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. For further information, visit:

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto , Physician (Psychiatry /Inpatient Mental Health), Other , Palo Alto, California

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