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Staff Psychiatrist - Making A Difference For Those Who Served

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Category:Medical / Health
Listing Type:Job
Employment:Full Time
Company:Veterans Affairs

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Psychiatrist, Mental Health Clinic Lewiston, Maine
Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number: VHA-402-12-JPP-672849-R19

OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, May 24, 2012 to Friday, June 22, 2012
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time – Permanent, M-F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: By law, U.S. Citizens will be given 1st preference but non-citizens will be considered in the absence of qualified citizens; Salary to be determined by Professional Review Panel (commensurate with experience and education).

JOB SUMMARY: An all-service VA Medical Center in an all-season recreational getaway! Psychiatrist needed in Lewiston, Maine. Must have completed residency-training in psychiatry, 1 year experience initial clinical diagnostic exams, formulating treatment plans (in and outpatient), prescribing medications, counseling, psychotherapy, coordinating primary care follow up, coordinating specialty medical/surgical consultation, admitting patients to an inpatient psychiatry unit, facilitating admission to inpatient medical units with other physicians / Emergency Departments / other Mental Healthcare settings. Prior experience in administrative management of Mental Health / Behavioral Care Department, Unit, Clinic, etc. is desired. Prior experience in new program development is desired.

Competitive salaries, generous leave package, health & life insurance benefits, and retirement benefits. Additionally, the right candidate will experience the sense of patriotism and pride associated with working with veterans. The incumbent is eligible to participate in a pension program as well as a matching Thrift Savings Plan which is similar to a 401K. Candidates with prior military experience may be able to combine their accrued military retirement credit with VA pension benefits.

Live in Lewiston, or within easy commuting of other central Maine locations, whether in Portland, on the ocean, in the mountains, or lakeside. Safe communities with highly rated school systems. Worksite is a newly-constructed, modern facility.

VA Maine Healthcare System (formerly Togus VA Medical Center) proudly serves Maine's veterans at a main campus in Augusta or any of nine outpatient clinics. It's a modern 67-operational bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and mental health beds, as well as 65 Skilled-Longer Stay beds, a 25-bed Dementia Unit, and a hospice unit. The oldest veterans' facility in the country (est. 1866), much of its 500+ acres is natural woodland habitat for wildlife. Living in Maine offers excellent quality of life and access to many cultural and recreational activities.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans! Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

Clinical Responsibilities Scope of Practice (90% of time)
• Maintain and care for a panel of patients followed on a regular basis and will, at times, see unscheduled new patients presenting to the clinic.
• Prescribe medications; coordinate medical care for mental health clinic patients requiring primary care follow up or specialty medical/surgical consultation.
• Facilitate admissions to the inpatient psychiatry unit. Coordinate care at the point of admission with inpatient psychiatric or medical-surgical physicians.
• Serve on Medical Staff Committees, or represent Psychiatry on special Medical Center projects or initiatives.
• With proper orientation and training, perform Compensation & Pension exams/reviews.
• Perform other duties as assigned, including: Support a specialty care clinic (e.g. Clozaril), evaluations and medication management in the substance abuse treatment program (including Suboxone), serve in the PTSD program and participate in a research project.
• Practice as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, and work collaboratively in a respectful fashion with nurses, social workers, clerks, mid-level providers, and other physicians and demonstrate effective communication skills in this collaborative work.
• Document the care provided and any additional data regarding patient care in the electronic medical record in a timely and complete fashion.
• Complete appropriate clinical reminders in the electronic medical record which fall within his/her area of clinical responsibility in a timely fashion.
• Remain aware of “Performance Measures” that apply to the psychiatry service and take part in meeting those measures.
• Maintain an unrestricted medical license.

Administrative Responsibilities (5 % of time)
• Perform (successfully) administrative duties as assigned/required within the Mental Health Service (MHS) programs in cooperation with other VA Maine HCS, VISN, and Central Office administrative staff. Demonstrate independence, flexibility and creativity while operating within the demands and constraints of the VA system.
• Serve on Medical Staff Committees, or represent MHS on Medical Center projects or initiatives. Be willing to be involved in teaching trainees, and participate in MHS research projects if appropriate.

Academic Responsibilities (5% of time)
• Serve as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees.
• Participate in training medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees as appropriate.
• Serve as supervisor for patient care activities of medical students and residents.

Supervisory Controls:
The psychiatrist exercises independent judgment in the practice and provision of psychiatric services (clinical care, consultation, and education). He/she consults with peers and his/her first line supervisor the Associate Chief of MHS or the Chief of MHS as needed. MHS assumes broad oversight responsibility for the structure and functioning of the program to which this psychiatrist is assigned. The Chief of MHS acts as the approving official for the psychiatrists, to ensure adherence to appropriate standards of care.

For more information, Email your CV and cover letter to Don Rainwater, National Recruitment Consultant.

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