The physician serves as an Addiction Psychiatrist for VA Loma Linda Healthcare System's outpatient Substance Treatment and Recovery Program (STAR) serving veterans with complex psychiatric conditions and comorbid addiction disorders. The incumbent will serve as one of the facilities main buprenorphine providers and be involvement within the buprenorphine clinic. The incumbent will support the Mental Health Department at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System (VALLHCS) and be available for consultation services as needed. The psychiatrist's primary clinical duties will involve providing direct patient care within the outpatient substance treatment program, suboxone management, and general outpatient mental health clinics either in a primary or consultant role. VA Loma Linda Healthcare System utilizes an interdisciplinary team model with addiction psychiatrists functioning as core members of treatment teams. Additionally, the psychiatrist is an integral part of patient care, teaching and research activities, which are shared with Loma Linda University, Department of Psychiatry (LLU). As such, the physician should qualify for a faculty appointment with LLU. The incumbent will be expected to provide supervision of academic affiliate addiction psychiatry fellows, psychiatry residents and medical students in the direct care of Veterans with complex psychiatric needs including substance use disorders. The psychiatrist will also be expected to contribute to VA's research mission by supporting ongoing research in the Substance Treatment and Recovery Program and facilitating new projects in collaboration with investigators from VA Loma Linda.
The incumbent will be responsible for:
Performing psychiatric evaluations and risk assessments. Creates and implements treatment plans which include behavioral and pharmacological interventions.
- Evaluation of patients in outpatient mental health clinics and residential treatment programs, including suboxone clinic.
- Collaborating with veterans, families and interdisciplinary treatment team members in the comprehensive assessment of biopsychosocial treatment needs of veterans with addictions
- Providing crisis intervention services and facilitates admission to psychiatric inpatient services when needed
- Establishing an environment conducive to accountable, professional practice, treating all employees in a fair, objective manner.
- Demonstrating leadership skills in design and implementation of programs. Demonstrate ability to have managerial experience in directing clinical staff, students and other programmatic responsibilities.
Primary certification in Psychiatry, by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and Board Certification in Addiction Psychiatry (ABPN) or Addiction Medicine (ABAM) is strongly preferred.
Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. work schedule, but schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the service.
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
Education: 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) School of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted. (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. (3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.
Licensure and Registration:Physician (Except Residents). 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. The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in the country.
Residents: 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 before the second year of VA residency, or meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for resident of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes. The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
First-Year Residency (Internship). Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability of residency training. Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.
English Language Proficiency. Physicians, including residents, 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).
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; religious; 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.
Physical Requirements:Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs.); Straight Pulling, Pushing, reaching above shoulder, Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing aid (permitted).
RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES: Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD 214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, pleasevisithttp://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
The followingApplication documents are required.
- Your Résumé. Please make sure your resume includes where you worked, dates of employment (From: mm/yyyy To: mm/yyyy), and number of hours worked per week.
- Responses to the Questionnaire.
The following will be required if selected:
The following Eligibility documents are required. Failure to submit the required eligibility documents will result in you being notified that you have been rated ineligible for further consideration of this position.
- Current or Former Federal Employees - Must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your current grade level. If you have served at a higher grade level in Federal service which qualifies you for this position, please provide a copy of that SF-50.
- Other eligibility documents: Use the CHECKLIST to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as documentation to support Veteran Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced federal employees), and any document that will verify your eligibility to apply for this position.