Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist in Fairview, Oregon

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
4 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Fairview, OR
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Salem, OR
  • West Linn, OR More Locations (1)
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 3/18/2016 (223 day(s) ago)

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

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1560054

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – To care for those "who shall have borne the battle" and their families and survivors – 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?

As a VA Physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the 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 though the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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.

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 incumbent serves as a clinic patient advocate by answering patient inquiries and resolving patient concerns at a local level. He/she acts as patient advocate to assure appropriateness and quality...acts as a patient guide and advocate, assisting the patient in seeking information, assuring that the patient has the opportunity for informed consent for treatment decisions, and promoting our core I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respect to all, and to pursue Excellence.

Recruitment/relocation incentives may be authorized.


The physician serves as a staff psychiatrist in the Mental Health Division (MHD) of the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS). The psychiatrist's primary duties involve carrying a caseload and providing consultation to other mental health and non-mental health clinical programs. The physician will work in one or more Mental Health programs located in the Portland metropolitan area or in other urban or rural areas in Oregon. Some mental health programs are co-located in VA primary care clinics. Telemedicine approaches may be used to provide clinical care. The physician will supervise residents and fellows, engage in leadership activities, or develop medical services in the inpatient and/or outpatient arenas. The physician is an integral part of patient care, teaching and research activities, which are shared with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU); as such, the physician must qualify for a faculty appointment with OHSU. There will be an expectation that the physician will have strong communication and/or team-building skills. The MHD utilizes an interdisciplinary team model of patient care to deliver biopsychosocial treatment for Veterans, with MHD physicians functioning as core members of these treatment teams.

A physician in the MHD at the VAPORHCS is a licensed, independent provider who is highly skilled in the evaluation and treatment of patients with a broad range of behavioral health problems. The physician will be Board Certified (or, Board-Eligible) in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

One vacancy will be located in Portland metropolitan Mental Health Clinics located in Portland, OR, and two vacancies will be located at the East Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located in Fairview, OR.

This announcement will be used to fill vacancies at all possible locations.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must possess a degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • Possess a 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.
  • Completed a first-year Psychiatry residency (Preferred candidates have, or will have, completed a U.S. General Psychiatry residency).
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Must be board-certified or board-eligible 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 Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD,

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following websites: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to received credit for that education.

Must possess a 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted; (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted; (3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure; (4) For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is sedentary, however, there may be some walking, standing , bending, carrying of light items such as papers. books, small parts, or driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is 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. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

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

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

  • The employee selected must serve a two (2) year probationary period unless she/he has already served the required probationary period.

  • The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Salary Range: $99,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 433251700

Job Announcement Number: VS-16-ALL-1560054-MHC-4CA