Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist in San Diego, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • San Diego, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 12/1/2016 (0 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 1/3/2017 (33 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1861411

Applications for this position will be reviewed as vacancies occur.

OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.**

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

A relocation or recruitment incentive may be offered to highly qualified candidates.


The Staff Psychiatrist works primarily in any, or a combination of the following settings; the Psychiatry Emergency Clinic (PEC), Tele-Mental Health Clinic, Same Day Access clinic and/or the outpatient Mental Health Clinics at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). In this position, the physical location of the San Diego VA Healthcare System is a teaching hospital which is located adjacent to the University of California San Diego campus, and provides a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Inpatient and outpatient care is available, and while outpatient primary care services are available, there is also outpatient care available at the San Diego Mission Valley Outpatient Clinic, and/or four other Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC’s) located in Oceanside, Escondido, Chula Vista, and El Centro, California. The Psychiatrist will provide a full continuum of evidence based psychiatric services; including screenings, formal psychiatric assessments, consultation, individual and group treatment, and psycho-education. The VASDHS Mental Health Care Line (MHCL) serves veterans who reside in San Diego and Imperial counties and provides general and specialized inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services.

The Psychiatrist will provide a full continuum of evidence based psychiatric services; including screenings, formal psychiatric assessments, consultation, individual and group treatment, and psycho-education.

The Psychiatrist will also be required to rotate with other physicians on a roster for evening and weekend coverage of mental health programs. The Psychiatrist participates in education and training of psychiatry residents, medical students, psychology interns, and allied health trainees. You may also participate in research projects. Depending on fluctuating staffing patterns and workloads, the Psychiatrist may be assigned to other programs within Psychiatry Service and the Mental Health Care Line.

Work Schedule:**The work schedule will be discussed during the interview process. Weekend, holiday, and overtime work may be required to meet patient needs. Functional Statement Title/#: Staff Psychiatrist

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) based on availability of funds. You MUST contact our EDRP Coordinator in Human Resources Office within 120 days from coming on board in order to discuss the process and obtain further information regarding the program.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements*: *

  • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
  • Education. 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: 1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or 2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted; 3) 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.
  • Licensure and Registration. 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of Licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
  • Residency Training. Physicians must have completed 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. (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 accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or 2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.
  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • English Language Proficiency. Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.

Preferred Experience/Characteristics:

Incumbent prefers be Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry and demonstrate evidence of excellence in medical administration, leadership, teaching, clinical practice, and research experience. Must qualify for academic appointment to the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

Demonstrated excellence in delivery of clinical/patient care, experience completing medical record documentation timely; demonstrated leadership and administrative skills; high quality teaching skills; ability to make academic contributions; and ability to make contributions to VA research/development of novel evidence-based care for veterans.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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.

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.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15lbs); moderate carrying (15lbs); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (up to 6 hours); standing (up to 2 hours).**

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $264,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 457882000

Job Announcement Number: OP-17-ELP-1861411