Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist (Mental Health Clinic) in Bangor, Maine

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
4 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Bangor, ME
  • Lewiston, ME
  • Togus, ME
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (23 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1815324

VA Maine Healthcare System (formerly Togus VA Medical Center) proudly serves Maine's veterans at a main campus in Augusta or any of nine outpatient clinics. It's a modern 67 bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and mental health beds, as well as 40 Skilled-Longer Stay beds, a 25-bed Dementia Unit, and a hospice unit. Living in Maine offers excellent quality of life and access to many cultural and recreational activities.

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

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.**

Psychiatrist will provide Psychiatric care in the outpatient Mental Health Clinic for the VA Maine Healthcare System (VAMHS). The Mental Health Service (MHS) provides care at the Togus campus, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Bangor, Portland, Saco, Rumford, Calais, Lincoln, Lewiston-Auburn, Caribou and other CBOCs as established. Services at Togus include: the Mental Health Clinic at the Togus campus, our largest outpatient clinic; a 20 bed (with potential to expand to 24 beds in the future) locked inpatient unit; a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) program; an Addiction Services program; an Integrated Primary Care (IPC) team; a Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) team; a psychology training program with interns and post doctoral residents; and provision of Compensation and Pension mental health evaluations. VAMHS MHSL has an active "tele-mental health program". The MH Service is participating in collaborative research projects with other research sites, and we expect this research to increase. In collaboration with the VAMHS Associate Chief of Staff for Education, the MHS is involved in teaching medical students, psychiatry residents, social workers, interns, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC), and other trainees.


Clinical Responsibilities Scope of Practice (90% of time)

  • Clinical services are provided by a physician who has completed residency training in Psychiatry. S/he must be qualified to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with mental illness according to standard, usual, and acceptable methods and techniques. Other duties and responsibilities include:

  • Performing initial clinical diagnostic examinations, and formulating initial treatment plans for patients. The Psychiatrist is expected to have a panel of patients s/he follows on a regular basis and will also see unscheduled patients presenting to the clinic.

  • Providing medication management services. Provision of psychotherapy services is restricted to clinicians who are trained, certified and credentialed in the provision of VA evidence based therapy practices.

  • Coordinating medical care for mental health clinic patients requiring primary care follow-up, or specialty medical/surgical consultation.

  • Facilitating admissions to inpatient MH unit. Coordinating care with inpatient Psychiatric, or Medical-Surgical, physicians.

  • Providing clinical support, guidance and oversight for the MH services of the CBOC MH staff and liaison to Primary Care as needed and directed by MHSL management.

  • Serving on Medical Staff Committees, or representing the MHSL on special Medical Center projects or initiatives as directed by MHSL management.

  • Performing Compensation & Pension exams/reviews with proper orientation and training.

  • Performing other duties as assigned, including: Supporting a specialty care clinic (E.G. Clorazil, Suboxone), evaluations and medication management in the substance abuse treatment program (including Suboxone), serving in the PTSD program and participating in a research project.

  • Successfully practicing as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, working collaboratively in a respectful fashion with nurses, social workers, clerks, mid-level providers, and other physicians. The psychiatrist will demonstrate effective communication skills in this collaborative work.

  • Serving, as directed by MHSL management, as primary or secondary supervising physician to midlevel providers.

  • Documenting the care provided in the electronic medical record in a timely and complete fashion. Any additional data regarding patient care will be entered into the electronic record in a timely and complete fashion.

  • Completing appropriate clinical reminders within his/her area of clinical responsibility in the electronic medical record in a timely fashion. S/he will be aware of "Performance Measures" that apply to the Psychiatry service, and will be collaborate in meeting those measures.

  • Maintain an unrestricted medical license.

  • Maintain training and waiver for provision of Suboxone as well as other psychiatric interventions deemed necessary by MHSL management.

  • Provide tele-mental health to patients as needed and directed by MHSL management.

  • Provide coverage, including on-call coverage, to the Togus Psychiatry inpatient unit as needed with proper notice and in conjunction with VAMHS rules.

  • The psychiatrist may be detailed to other VAMHS clinical sites as directed by MHSL management.

Administrative Responsibilities (5% of time)

  • Perform administrative duties as assigned/required within the MHS programs (see "general" above). Prior experience in administrative responsibilities is desirable. Prior experience in new program development is desirable. The ability to work successfully in collaboration with other administrative staff within VAMHS, the VISN, and at VA Central Office is essential. The incumbent must demonstrate independence, flexibility and creativity while operating within the demands and constraints of the VA system.

  • Serve on Medical Staff Committees, or represent Psychiatry on Medical Center projects or initiatives as directed by MHSL management. Teaching trainees and/or participating in MHS research projects as directed by MHSL management.

Academic Responsibilities (5% of time)

  • Consulting to other medical center staff and trainees.

  • Training medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as directed by MHSL management.

  • Supervising patient care activities of medical students, residents and other trainees as directed by MHSL management.

*Work Schedule: *permanent, full-time days

*Functional Statement/Scope of Practice Title/#: *Psychiatrist, Mental Health Clinic/000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Full unrestricted licensure, certification, or registration 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 allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place 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 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.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 1 year of clinical experience in performing initial clinical diagnostic examinations, and formulating treatment plans for Psychiatric patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

  • Experience prescribing medications; coordinating medical care for mental health patients with primary care or specialty medical/surgical colleagues.

  • Experience coordinating the admission of patients to inpatient Psychiatry units or facilitating admission to inpatient Medical-Surgical units. Collaborating with other physicians, inpatient units, Emergency Departments or other Mental Health settings.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally violent makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary jobs.

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.

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.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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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Position will be filled as soon as desirable candidate has been identified.


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

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

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

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 $264,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

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

Control Number: 452160300

Job Announcement Number: VHA-402-17-AMR-1815324-BU