Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Psychiatrist in Bath, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Bath, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 9/5/2016 (46 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 9/4/2017 (318 day(s) away)

Job Overview


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

*Looking for a rewarding career opportunity? *

*The Bath VA Medical Center (VAMC) has been recognized as a top facility in the Nation for quality care, patient and employee satisfaction. Bath VAMC is ranked 3rd in the country (out of 141 facilities) in employee satisfaction, with employees ranking it #1 in the category of overall satisfaction. The Bath area has many cultural and natural attractions such as the Finger Lakes, Corning Museum of Glass, Watkins Glen International Raceway and local wineries. Some of the top State Parks in the United States are located here, including Letchworth State Park (voted #1 State Park in the Nation); Watkins Glen and Stoney Brook. Additionally, Bath is within a short driving distance of destinations like Niagara Falls, Toronto, Rochester and New York City. The local education system earned a Bronze ranking for academic indicators. *

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.

A recruitment/relocation incentive up to 15% has been approved for highly qualified applicants


This vacancy is located within Behavioral Health VA Care Line at the VA Medical Center, Bath, New York. As a Staff Psychiatrist, you will have the opportunity to perform clinical, outpatient psychiatric duties involving the collaboration with an interdisciplinary clinical team (Psychology Technicians, Psychiatrists, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, etc.) in the delivery of services related to mental health treatments.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • providing psychiatry care, in an outpatient setting, for patients with mental health disorders to include but not limited to anxiety, mood, psychotic, substance use, and cognitive disorders
  • provide general outpatient mental health services
  • provide consultative support (to primary care clinics, Urgent Care, inpatient medicine, nursing home units, and home based primary care)
  • provide Telepsych services for remote community based clinics
  • provide general substance abuse services to include support for domicilliary rehabilitation program (and anything else that should be included).
  • conducting routine psychiatric evaluations of new and established patients, you will periodically perform compensation and pension evaluations
  • providing tele-mental health care and treatment for substance use disorders including but not limited to use of buprenorphine
  • on a periodic basis, you will be tasked with psychiatry coverage assignments in various other mental health service areas such as: Consultation & Liaison, Emergency Department , and community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs)

Staff psychiatrists are expected (when needed and as assigned) to provide supervision of residents and health professionals.

SCHEDULE: The majority of daily working hours performed by members of our Psychiatry team are scheduled between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; with rotating coverage of off tour clinics. To be discussed at time of interview.

SALARY: $99,957- $240,000. Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standard Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

A Recruitment Incentive/Relocation Incentive of up to 15% of salary has been authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • US Citizen
  • Selective Service Registration for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Current, Unrestricted License


a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, VA Directive 5005.

*b. English Language Proficiency: *If you are appointed to a direct patient-care position or position incident to direct patient care, proficiency in spoken and written English is required in accordance with 38 USC 4105(c).

c. Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in psychiatry. 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) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2) 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.

d. Licensure and Registration.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.

e. Residency Training. Physicians must have completed 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.

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; religions; 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.

VetPro: Any registered, and certified health care providers appointed to a Veterans Health Administration Medical Center must, upon acceptance of an employment offer from Human Resources, enter their employment history, education history, and all licensure/certification/registration information through the internet-based credentialing system (VetPro). VetPro ensures the consistency of the credentialing process for all employees and provides a reliable electronic data bank of health care provider credentials. This system is used nationwide by all VHA healthcare facilities in an effort to maximize patient safety. This prerequisite must be initiated after an employment offer has been extended. Employment commencement dates will be contingent upon the completion and approval of the VetPro credentialing/verification process.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. A copy can be found in the local HR office.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical patient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment

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 DD214(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, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents), we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA physician brochure.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $320,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 449377200

Job Announcement Number: 528N-16-RB-1792232-BU