Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician/Psychiatrist in Jackson, Mississippi

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Many vacancies in the following location:
  • Jackson, MS
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 6/29/2016 (116 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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? With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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.

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 Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

We will accept applications for this position on an ongoing basis. Once the position has been filled, this announcement will close without further notice.



The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center is recruiting for fulltime psychiatrist for the Mental Health Service Line. The incumbents will focus on the assessment / evaluation and medication management of veterans who suffer from a variety of mental health conditions, including, but not limited to post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and other related conditions; write prescriptions for medications, including controlled medications which require a DEA number; works with families of patients receiving psychiatric care; provide and document education and counseling of patients and patients' families in preventive care, medication treatments, and the use of prescribed medications; perform history and physical examinations; order appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests; appropriately and timely complete medical records, including progress notes, consults, history and physicals, and discharge summaries; performs psychological counseling, crisis intervention, and group therapy within the scope of the clinician's training. Candidates must be able to work effectively and collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team and approach mental health care with a focus on Recovery. The selectees should be eligible for a faculty appointment at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Preferred board certified / board eligible (Current eligibility within two years) in psychiatry.

Work Schedule:Primarily 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and on call on a rotating basis. Schedule flexible to meet the needs of the veteran population.

Functional Statement Title/#: Psychiatrist/Physician (Six Vacancies)

Addictive Disorder Treatment Program (2)

Mental Health Outpatient Clinic (1)

Telemental Health Program (1)

Inpatient 3-L (1)

Addictive Disorder Treatment Program -Part time (1)

These positions are under the bargaining unit agreement.

Relocation and/or Recruitment incentives are authorized for these positions.

NOTE: Applications will be reviewed as received. We encourage early applications. Once these positions are filled, this announcement will close without further notice.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation Incentive Authorized for Highly Qualified Candidate
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.

Basic Requirements*: *

  • U.S. citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

  • English language proficiency- Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C.7402(d) and 7407(d).

  • Licensure and Registration – Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA.

  • Educational requirements - 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.

* Physical Requirements:*VA Directive and Handbook 5019, applicants must be able to perform the duties as a Physician (Psychiatrist). Light lifting (under 15lbs), light carrying (under 15lbs), use of fingers, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability.

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.* *

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.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.**


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

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: United States Citizens

Control Number: 443298900

Job Announcement Number: VA-16-1741063-GD-BU-OCA