Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physician (Psychiatrist) in San Antonio, Texas

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

Opened Thursday 1/28/2016 (265 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 1/27/2017 (100 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1611689

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 VeteransHow would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

City of San Antonio Information:

The staff psychiatrist will be located in one of the following clinics: the Audie L. Murphy Hospital, Frank Tejeda Outpatient Clinic, North Central Federal Clinic, Shavano Park Outpatient Clinic, Balcones Heights Outpatient Clinic, South Bexar Outpatient Clinic. Depending on other activities, sufficient time must be allotted to teaching, research, and administrative duties, as appropriate.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.

This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Applications that are received by 11:59 PM (EST) on February 11, 2016, will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after February 11, 2016, will be reviewed and referred for consideration as vacancies occur.A relocation or recruitment incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified applicant. Relocation expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

The payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized.


GENERAL DUTY DESCRIPTION: Psychiatry Service Staff Physicians provide comprehensive care for patients who have illnesses within the scope of Psychiatric Medicine. In addition to patient care, the psychiatrist may have responsibilities in other areas, such as educational and research.

Clinical duties include providing primary, secondary, and tertiary care in both hospitalized and outpatient settings, identifying patients' mental and medical health problems and designing diagnostic and therapeutic plans to meet these needs. The physician will be responsible for coordinating activities of other health service personnel, resolving problems affecting patient care and providing appropriate education for the patient and/or family members regarding the patient's care, patient's illnesses and its management. The position may require providing care through telehealth services and also may require performing compensation and pension exams as demands dictate. Tele-mental health assessments and treatment may be provided by telework. The care provided is to comply with clinical practice guidelines as measured by the External Peer Review Program and the Clinical Reminder reports.

The staff physician is responsible for teaching house staff, medical students and other health professionals during ward rounds, clinics and in conferences and providing supervisory control and professional direction. As required, he/she will provide consultations throughout the medical center and compensation and pension examinations, and tele-mental health assessments and treatment. As required, will cover other duties as assigned to include holidays, weekends, evening hours and on-call coverage.

Physicians whose responsibilities include leadership and administration will be responsible for: enforcement of STVHCS polices, rules and regulations , and of the Medical Staff Bylaws; to provide leadership in the application of clinical practice to organizational processes and/or systems improving outcomes at the service level; to achieve excellent customer satisfaction; to assure compliance with clinical practice guidelines and to work collaboratively with others; to create a system to promote state-of-the-art acute, chronic and preventive mental health care; for performance improvement process; to keep abreast of changes as appropriate; and to serve on committees as assigned. Also, those leaders who are involved in teaching programs and research are responsible to provide an environment supportive of education, training and research. Participate in the Peer Review process.

In addition, all physicians must meet the following qualifications:

Administrative Duties include, but are not limited to, Leadership responsibilities; HR; Staff Management; Time/Leave Management and Clinical Management.

Clinical Dutiesinclude, but are not limited to, Patient Care; Medical/Clinical Knowledge; Clinical Judgment; Interpersonal& Communication Skills; Professionalism and Systems-Based Practice.

Education/Teaching Duties: Practitioners are expected to show effectiveness in teaching, monitoring, and coordinating educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision requirements.

Research Duties,(if applicable): Physician researchers will show an ability to identify and define significant Research and Development problems, to plan and execute a precise research program, and to generate effective reports and results worthy of publication. Researchers are responsible for oversight of any research staff that they supervise.


A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Physician applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested.

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 adn spoken English.

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

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.
  • First-Year Residency (Internship)

Preferred Experience:

  1. Board certified or working toward board certification in Psychiatry.

  2. Four year accredited Psychiatry Resident Program.

  3. Basic Life Support (BLS).

Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.**

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution 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 will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

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 DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) 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. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your application material, your experience will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic qualifications of the position. Your will be notified via email when this decision has been made.**


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered. For more information please visit us at **

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

Other Information

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

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

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

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 427852700

Job Announcement Number: VHA671-1611689-16-OC-PRJ-BU