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 If you are searching for a unique opportunity that includes an excellent federal benefits package with one of the largest healthcare networks, then the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) is for you. The primary duties of the Psychiatrist include: Psychiatric assessment; Psychiatric diagnosis; Psychiatric treatment planning; Psychiatric treatment to mentally ill veterans, recruits, students, active duty personnel, dependents, retirees; Medication Management; Completion of fitness for duty evaluations for all active duty personnel psychiatric assessment; Psychiatry resident education/teaching activities; Participation in Physician Peer Review; Participation in Performance Improvement activities; Participation in facility committees as assigned; and Participation in research. Major duties and responsibilities include: Performs psychiatric evaluations for a diverse population, including geriatric and post deployment combat Veterans, who are mentally ill and have psychosocial issues such as homelessness, unemployment, and poor family support network. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including diagnostic assessment, medication evaluation and management, suicide risk assessments, crisis intervention, and overall care of patients with psychiatric disorders. Ensures practice of psychiatric medicine is consistent with TJC, CARF, HIPPA, VA policies and procedures, clinical practice guidelines, national statutes and regulations, medical record documentation, and mandatory continuing education. Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. The Psychiatrist may serve as a mental health team leader with responsibilities for coordinating consults and triage of specialty clinic referrals. Participates effectively in team meetings and treatment planning conferences and collaborates with multidisciplinary team members that enhances coordination of comprehensive patient care. Orders diagnostic tests and consultations and discriminates between normal and abnormal findings and makes appropriate treatment decisions. May participate in supervision and teaching in support of the psychiatric residency program, performs on call duties, and performs other directly related duties as assigned. Areas which the psychiatrist is assigned and has clinical privileges to practice may include depression, anxiety, psychosis, PTSD, substance abuse, and other psychiatric disorders in outpatient clinical settings. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: May be authorized for a highly qualified applicant. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Reasons to work for the VA: VA physicians and dentists earn up to an additional 7.5% of their salary (not to exceed $15K) in annual physician performance pay. Free liability protection with tail coverage provided. No physician employment contracts and no significant restrictions on moonlighting. Regular pay increases to include biennial longevity increases, annual cost of living increases (when signed into law), and biennial reviews of physician market pay. One full and unrestricted license from any U.S. state or territory is accepted at this facility. 49 Days paid time off per year (26 days paid annual leave, 13 days paid sick leave, 10 paid federal holidays). Pension plan -vested in pension annuity after only 5 years' service. 401K-type plan (Thrift Savings Plan) with matching contributions. VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA Physician Brochure.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.