Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist (PCMHI) in Orlando, Florida

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Orlando, FL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 4/26/2016 (184 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1580061

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? Officially established in October 2006, the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families. The Orlando VA Medical Center includes the following facilities; a 120-bed Community Living Center and a 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program (located at the Lake Nona Campus), Outpatient Clinics in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera and Daytona Beach and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Clermont, Kissimmee, Tavares, and Orange City. Our new medical center is currently open for many outpatient services and will continue to open more services, including inpatient beds and an emergency department, throughout 2016. The new 65-acre medical campus has 134-inpatient beds and provides acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, and administrative and support services.

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.


The Orlando VAMC is seeking a full-time Physician (preferably) Board Certified in Psychiatry. Added qualifications in Psychosomatic Medicine or extensive Consultation/Liaison experience are a plus. The Mental Health Service is seeking someone who will be a part of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration team.

As part of the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) team, the Psychiatrist provides psychiatric consultation, evaluation, and short term care to Veterans whose mental health needs can be effectively managed within primary care, given the support of a PCMHI psychologists and the Behavioral Health Lab. Responsibilities include providing timely curbside, telephone, and electronic consultation to primary care staff. Help primary care staff identify patients who are appropriate for integrated care, and help PC-MHI team refer patients needing a higher level of care to specialty mental health services. Participate in weekly review of RN Care Manger cases to review medications and make recommendations to PCP. The Psychiatrist will also be a part of the Academic PACT team preceptor the Internal Medicine Residents who rotate through the Mental Health Service during their elective rotation. The Psychiatrist must have a desire to provide education and training to medical students, residents and Primary Care Providers and have flexibility to train non-physicians in the use of psychotropic medications. Other duties may include cross coverage of the outpatient mental health clinic, as well as video teleconferencing support of other CBOCs. Interest in the integration of mental health and medical care as well as comfort working as a member of an interdisciplinary team are important for this position, as are flexibility and adaptability. We have expanding medical school affiliations and offer medical student and psychiatry resident rotations at the facility. This is a great opportunity for energetic, far-sighted, and computer-literate physician who looks forward to expanding not only clinical care, but also advances in the electronic medical record, patient safety initiatives, as well as advances in academic psychiatry as a preceptor. Work Schedule: The candidate must be willing to work weekends and irregular work hours and may need to provide clinical services off tour and will be required to do so upon receiving critical clinical messages. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary. All providers may be detailed to any site within the Orlando system. The selectee may be required to work or travel between any of the locations within Corporate Orlando. The selectee may also be required to work various shifts on a permanent or temporary basis, based on patient care needs. Functional Statement: Physician/Psychiatrist. The selectee may be required to work or travel between any of the locations within Corporate Orlando. The selectee may also be required to work various shifts on a permanent or temporary basis, based on patient care needs. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in similar positions within corporate Orlando. This includes the same grade level and occupational series, but may be used for a different service or location.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Basic Requirements: Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs 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 a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Board eligible or certified in Psychiatry. (highly preferred) 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. 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.

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: 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: Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Applicants will receive (up to) four status updates during the course of this recruitment action. They are:

  1. Receipt of application.
  2. Whether or not you meet the eligibility/qualification requirements for the position.
  3. Whether you were referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
  4. Final disposition on the recruitment action (e.g., was the position filled, re-announced, etc.).

We will also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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 position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This position is covered by the bargaining unit.

Salary Range: $0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens-Open until filled

Control Number: 436291800

Job Announcement Number: ZY-16-CC-1580061-BU