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. Among the most innovative and forward-looking in the nation, the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) provides exceptional health care to our nation's Veterans, trains America's future health care providers, and conducts research that contributes to medical advancements. VAPHS is home to four VA Research Centers that fuel research and clinical collaboration across the VA ecosystem and beyond. We also partner with UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, and other educational organizations. We're uniquely positioned in the health care delivery, academic, and research worlds, and we use our strengths and partnerships to improve medicine for all Americans. Additional information can be found on our internet site https://www.va.gov/pittsburgh-health-care/. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be Authorized for Highly Qualified Candidates Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): May be Authorized for Highly Qualified Candidates Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) 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 CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The primary duties of the Psychiatrist Section Chief include but are not limited to: Serves as a member of the Behavioral Health leadership team. Responsible for the oversight of inpatient psychiatric services. Supervises Psychiatrist, and Physician Assistants. Responsible for proficiency reports, personnel actions, recruitment, retention and training of staff. Ensures quality, safety and value of psychiatric services via ongoing professional practice evaluations, medical records reviews and support of staff in implementing evidence-based practice. Participates in behavioral health leadership meetings and hospital committees. Psychiatric assessment; diagnosis and treatment planning. Responsible for oversight and coordination of clinical psychiatric care on the inpatient unit. Ensures SOP's, policies, procedures, memorandums and regulations are current. Psychiatric treatment to mentally ill veterans, recruits, students, active duty personnel, dependents, retirees; Medication Management; Completion of fitness for duty evaluations psychiatric assessments for all active duty personnel; Psychiatry resident education/teaching activities; Participation in Physician Peer Review; Participation in Performance Improvement activities; and Participates in and facilitates research. 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, and national statutes and regulations. Also ensures, medical record documentation, and mandatory continuing education is consistent with required regulations and VA policies. Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. 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. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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