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. The incumbent will serve as a fully qualified staff psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) providing recovery-oriented care to Veterans who present to the emergency room for acute management of their psychiatric symptoms. At the Houston VA, the mental health team is embedded in the emergency room and collaborates in a consultant role with the medical providers. The mental health ER team is comprised of psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers and trainees from a variety of disciplines. The goal is the create 24 hour-7 days a week on-site coverage for the emergency room. Duties for this position include but are not limited to: Performs psychiatric evaluations, and treatment of patients with problems of personality, emotional adjustment, or mental illness. Prescribes medications as deemed necessary for the treatment of mental illnesses. Based on data gathered through assessment, plans an appropriate clinical treatment for individual patients. Recommends appropriate therapy based on precedent and standards of the profession. Develop a comprehensive treatment plan for a wide range of abnormal behaviors. Treatment includes adjusting therapy for the differential diagnosis of functional or organic disorders. Oversees other professional staff and trainees and works as a key team member providing comprehensive psychiatric care. Promotes a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the professional treatment staff. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): A Recruitment Incentive has been authorized for well qualified candidates. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment):This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. EDRP Authorized: Contact Kimberly Landry at Kimberly.Landry@VA.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. 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 Work Schedule: The work schedule for this position has been identified as Shift Work. This position has a variable Tours of Duty lasting 8, 10, or 12 hours with overnight tours.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.