Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Psychiatrist- Fort Worth Mental Health Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Fort Worth, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 8/3/2016 (82 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 8/2/2017 (282 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1768515

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

*This vacancy will remain open until filled*

VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) is the second busiest VA system in the nation and we are growing! Comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 4,000 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. VANTHCS also coordinates a Community Based Outpatient Clinic program throughout its 40-county primary service area to improve access to care for Veterans, 38 in North Texas and 2 in Southern Oklahoma. Through these four distinctive facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS offers a continuum of health care services to a Veteran population of approximately 500,000. Housed on a 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the second largest health care system based on number of patients seen.

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 through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE: Education and experience will be determined by a Compensation Panel to determine the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

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.


The North Texas VA Health Care System is seeking a highly qualified motivated Staff Psychiatrist for a

General Multidisciplinary Outpatient Mental Team in the VA North Texas Health Care System Mental Health Service (VANTHCS MHS) in Fort Worth Texas.

VANTHCS MHS is closely affiliated with the UT Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry. VANTHCS MHS provides a full range of mental health services including general adult psychiatry, geriatrics, forensics, psychosomatic medicine, substance abuse subspecialty services, trauma services, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery programs, comprehensive homeless programs, peer support services, opiate replacement programs, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, vocational rehabilitation programs, domiciliary based programs and inpatient programs including an inpatient research unit. There is ongoing active research in addiction psychiatry, PTSD, Disaster Psychiatry, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and homelessness. Clinical training programs exist for medical students, psychiatry residents and fellows, clinical psychologists, social workers and nurses. Teaching opportunities are available for interested applicants.

Core clinical responsibilities include:

  • Providing comprehensive psychiatric medical care (assessment, consultation, treatment) to adult male and female patients of all ages including geriatric populations in the General Outpatient Mental Health Clinic.

  • Incumbent must be skilled in general outpatient psychiatry and substance abuse, including diagnostic evaluations, pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.

Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. No weekend calls and no after-hours coverage is required. Functional Statement Title/#:Physician / 000000; an approved Scope of Practice (SOP) for Mental Health Service Physician Psychiatrists is on file.

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 and spoken English.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.

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

(1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) Foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, must have verified education with the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, a copy of the ECFMG certificate must be provided,if claimed by the applicant.

  • 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

  • Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty leading to eligibility for board certification. Approved residencies are those approved by (1) Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the year residency was completed, or (2) other residencies which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. NOTE: Individuals who have multiple licenses and had such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. 7402(f)). This requirement does not apply to Physicians on VA rolls as of November 30 1999, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State licensure, registration or certification

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is required for Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions as required by 38 U.S.C. 7202(d) and 7404(d).

  • Physical requirements must be met as designated per VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Staff Physician.Must meet the basic requirements listed above and qualify to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision. Staff physicians may also include attending's who train physician residents assigned in facilities with residency training programs, and consultants who are capable of giving authoritative views and opinions on subjects in their field of medicine.

Preferred Experience: This position requires ongoing treatment and examination of Veterans to include evaluation and administration of psychopharmacotherapy. Buprenorphine Certification is highly preferred in order to meet the duties required for this position.

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, December 17, 2015. 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: Incumbent must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others.

The work may require extreme patience in controlling one's emotions. The work may require using appropriate technique to physically restrain clients who present a danger to self or others. The work may also require assisting physically disabled clients and may include lifting them.

Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that involves everyday risks or discomforts which require safety precautions typical of hospitals, offices and meeting rooms. Some work is performed in a setting away from the office where the environment cannot be controlled. There may be occasional risk of physical harm that may require special precautions and training.

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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

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

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 446605600

Job Announcement Number: AH-16-JC-1768515