A VA Clinical Resource Hub (CRH) is an organization composed of clinical and administrative staff that serve Veterans Affairs facilities within a Veterans Integrated System Network (VISN). This VISN Clinical Resource Hub (CRH) Geriatric Psychiatry position is a VISN 2-based position and falls under the general supervision of the VISN CRH Psychiatry Section Chief. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, 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 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Fellowship training and/or clinical experience in Geriatric psychiatry Board Certified in Psychiatry 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: In Accordance With VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. 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. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Approved. Learn more. EDRP Authorized: Contact VISN2EDRPCoordinators@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: Part- Time Physicians earn 1 hour annual leave (vacation/personal time) for every 10 hours worked and earn 1 hour of sick leave for every 20 hours worked. There are also 11 paid Federal holidays per year. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: Part-Time, 20 hours per week; Standard daytime hours in Eastern Standard Time The Geriatric Psychiatrist will be responsible for consultative services and ongoing care for the management of Veterans via virtual modalities such as Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) and VA Video Connect (VVC). The incumbent will function independently to assume the role of primary provider, team provider, or consultant depending on the patient-side needs. The Geriatric Psychiatrist may conduct psychiatric evaluations, develop treatment plans, implement treatment, and provide clinical management for a variety of complex mental health conditions, including, but not limited to: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and other related conditions. Treatment planning focuses on utilization of pharmacological, psychotherapeutic and technological interventions as well as appropriate referral for additional studies and/or for adjunctive psychosocial interventions. The anticipated patient population will primarily be geriatric, but when needed by the patient-side sites, the incumbent may also be expected to provide care to a non-geriatric patient population. The Geriatric Psychiatrist will also provide consultation to Veterans' families/caregivers as well as Licensed Independent Practitioners (LIP) and other professional staff on the assessment, education, and treatment of Veterans with complex clinical problems, particularly geriatric mental health issues. The position requires a working knowledge of advanced psychopharmacology, geriatric psychiatry, psychotherapy and telehealth technologies. Duties include but not limited to: Perform duties as a practitioner and consultant in Geriatric Psychiatry within a variety of clinical settings. May provide services in residential care (VA Community Living Center (CLC)), partial hospital programs, intensive outpatient programs, and routine outpatient MH programs. Provides a full range of psychiatric services, diagnoses psychiatric illness and behavioral disorders particularly for geriatric and medically complex Veterans. Provide therapeutic interventions beyond the individual Veteran to include family psychotherapy and caregiver stress support as indicated and appropriate. Provide participation, professional consultation and collaborative medical support to other professional staff, interdisciplinary teams such as psychologists, advanced practice nurses, social workers and non-behavioral health medical providers to maximize the effectiveness of their interventions and to increase health-promoting behaviors, with a significant emphasis on a prevention-oriented model of care. Such interdisciplinary teams may include Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) and Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). Remain abreast of and engaged in all clinical Mental Health policies, procedures and roll outs at the National, VISN and Local level, e.g. suicide prevention initiatives Attends training to remain informed on VHA Telehealth/Connected Care initiatives and the latest advances in Telehealth/Connected Care delivery. Uses word processing software and has knowledge of how to type evaluations, treatment plans, and discharge summaries in an electronic medical record. Participates in peer review processes. Completes HIPAA, Privacy and Security and other mandatory VA training in a timely manner"]
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