Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatry) Behavioral Health Inpatient Care Unit in Sacramento, California

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

Opened Wednesday 8/24/2016 (60 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1785141

The Department of Veteran Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and extended care to veterans in Northern California. The health system is comprised of a medical center in Sacramento; a rehabilitation and extended care facility in Martinez; outpatient clinics in Martinez, Fairfield, Oakland, Sacramento, McClellan, Redding, Chico, and Vallejo; a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Oakland; and dental clinics in Vallejo, Sacramento and Redding.

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and Cemeteries.

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.

For Positions Covered in the Bargaining Unit: First consideration will be given to employees of this facility.

A Recruitment Incentive (lump sum upon appointment with minimum 3-year service obligation) is available for highly qualified candidates or candidates may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), up to $120,000 depending on the amount verified qualifying debt balance and funding availability. Eligibility to apply for EDRP does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Approval of EDRP awards are subject to the availability of funding and other qualifying factors.

"OPEN UNTIL FILLED" with an initial cut-off and referral of candidates on 9/16/2016. Additional candidates will be referred as requested by the Selecting Official.


Position: Staff Psychiatrist - Behavioral Health Inpatient Care Unit (BHICU) The VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHS) is currently recruiting for a full-time, board eligible/board certified Psychiatrist in the Behavioral Health Inpatient Care Unit (BHICU), a 16-bed acute psychiatric facility located at the Sacramento VA Medical Center, Mather, CA. The Psychiatrist participates in the multidisciplinary team approach to both the assessment and treatment of Veterans on the BHICU. The treatment team consists of at least two or more psychiatrists, a psychologist, two social workers, an occupational therapist, an addiction therapist, a nursing team, and nurse practitioners who work together on the inpatient unit to provide comprehensive care for each Veteran. The Psychiatrist conducts history & physical exams and mental status exams; completes assessments and formulates diagnoses; develops treatment plans; orders labs and/or radiological assessments for a wide variety of mental disorders and medical conditions; and helps to facilitate group treatment on the BHICU by supervising a student/resident group or by running one's own group. The Psychiatrist provides documentation necessary for and participates in hearings related to civil commitment and/or other legal processes related to BHICU patient care including but not limited to petitioning for court-ordered medication treatment, application of electroconvulsive therapy, and/or Lantermann-Petris-Short (LPS) conservatorship.

The Psychiatrist complies with the standards of completing healthcare documentation in keeping with any VANCHCS protocols and/or policies in a timely manner. The Psychiatrist complies with other aspects of professional performance that are assigned, mandated, or expected under protocol, policy, or direction by VA leadership. The Psychiatrist's responsibilities include providing consultation to the Medical & Surgical Services as well as to the Emergency Department. The Psychiatrist is also responsible for helping to teach and supervise medical students and psychiatric residents who rotate on the BHICU through an affiliation with the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Work Schedule:An alternative to a 5 day/40 hour work week schedule is available in this setting. This position includes being on-call for the BHICU approximately three to four times per year maximum. An after-hours Nurse Practitioner and a contract Social Worker serve as first call and the on-call psychiatrist is typically called for consultation if needed. On-call duties are a week at a time and by phone during weeknights from 5PM to 8AM. On weekends and holidays, the Psychiatrist rounds on newly admitted patients with a resident psychiatrist.

Drug Testing: This is a test designated position. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. Applicants who test positive for illegal use of drugs will not be appointed.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Between VA Northern California HCS sites
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*:*

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.

  • 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.

  • US citizenship required.

Preferred Experience: Board Certified in Psychiatry.

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: Physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, use of telephone/computers, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activity.

Reasonable Accommodations: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, 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.

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Whether you're interested in academics, research, or a better work/life balance, you'll find the VA has a lot to offer, including the unmatched satisfaction you'll get from caring for those who have served our country. Below is a host of information covering health benefits to VA Pension (FERS), feel free to call me should you have any questions.


  • 26 days paid vacation (1 day accrued each pay period upon employment)

  • 13 days sick leave (1/2 day accrued each pay period upon employment, no cap)

  • 10 paid Federal holidays

  • Competitive Salary

  • Malpractice protection covered by the Federal government

  • Annual Physician Performance Pay

  • Market Pay reviewed biennially for possible increase

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.

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.**

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and current permanent Federal employees

Control Number: 448641400

Job Announcement Number: 612-16-CDK-1785141-BU