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Physician (Psychiatrist)

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Asheville
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Job Description:

The Charles George VAMC has an immediate opening for three (3) Psychiatrists within Mental Health outpatient Psychiatry Service.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 (Verification Website: http://lcme.org/directory/accredited-u-s-programs/), 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. (Verification Website: https://osteopathic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/current-list-of-colleges-of-osteopathic-medicine.pdf), or (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. (Foreign Medical School Verification Website: https://search.wdoms.org/)

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.Duties include but are not limited to the following:


  • Physician will provide consultation services and follow up Psychiatry patients, in their designated field, in the inpatient and/or outpatient setting, at the VA Medical center in Asheville NC or one of the affiliated CBOC's (Community Based Outpatient Clinics).
  • On-call duties and change of Tour of Duty (TOD) will be assigned as necessary, primarily for coverage of inpatients.
  • During the course of employment, participation in special projects pertinent to assigned Psychiatry or sub-specialty may be necessary as the projects may be select committees, SUD, Geriatric clinic, and chronic psychiatric disease management programs.
  • When working with inpatients, provider is expected to participate in discharge planning and other interdisciplinary patient care plan activities. During this times information regarding patient status should be discussed with the Inpatient Psychiatrist and other team members and ensure proper hand off at the end of the shift as necessary.
  • Physicians may be assigned duty as a supervising or collaborating physician for a midlevel provider. Physicians are expected to provide clinical oversight and review.
  • Supervising or collaborating responsibilities and performance will be noted in the physician's performance evaluation.
  • Most providers will need to act as surrogates for the patients of their colleagues, when one or more of their colleagues are on leave.
  • All physicians need to follow departmental and VHA policies for leave and attendance and will work within Title 38 appointment guidelines. Currently, VHA guidelines do not permit comp time or overtime pay for physicians. Leave should be requested in as much advance notice as possible to minimize disruption to patient care services. All unscheduled absences must be properly communicated.
  • A progress note must be entered on all inpatients on which the Psychiatrist rounds during day tour on a weekday, and on weekends or holidays. Timely documentation is necessary in all areas in accordance with departmental policy. All administrative work should be completed in a timely fashion. The discharge summary may be dictated, all other impatient documentation should be entered by the physician into the medical record directly. Prohibited abbreviations should not be used.
  • Quality of care should be able to meet privileges at all times, unless necessitated by an emergency.


    Work Schedule: Usually Monday - Friday, 8:00am -4:30pm, with rotations for night call and weekend tour of duty

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic 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.
    • Completion of 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.
    • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
    • Physical requirements outlined below.


      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:

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Asheville , Physician (Psychiatrist), Healthcare , Asheville, North Carolina

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