Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist - BHIP) in Kansas City, Missouri

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Kansas City, MO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 4/6/2016 (197 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (72 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1666477

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?

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.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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.


This position is in the primary outpatient mental health clinic at KCVA. Join a dynamic, multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic staff who follow a progressive, team-based model of care. The duties include comprehensive initial psychiatric assessments, medication prescribing, ongoing medication monitoring for continuity of care, referral to other medical and mental health services as appropriate, and being an active team member for impaneled patients. Duties also include rotational coverage on evenings/weekends/holidays for the acute inpatient psychiatry ward and the residential substance abuse treatment program, as well as supervision of graduate medical education psychiatry residents both in the clinic and during rotational call. Facility-level committee participation is also encouraged of all staff psychiatrists. Collateral duties may include cross-coverage for peers in the outpatient mental health clinic and mental health assessments in the emergency room. Each clinic team includes a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, RN, and administrative clerk. Also available in the clinic are multi-level psychology trainees, neuropsychological testing, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and support from a dedicated outpatient mental health pharmacist. Additional resources available within the broader mental health service line include substance rehabilitation services (both outpatient and residential), compensated work therapy, homeless services, PTSD sub-specialty outpatient services, programs especially designed for Veterans with severe and persistent mental illness, and mental health services integrated within primary care.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 1st shift with rotating call. Call will include rotating holidays and weekends. Functional Statement Title/#: Physician (BHIP)

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation incentive authorized and to be based on 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:

  • 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 medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs 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 a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience: Board Certification or Eligibility 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 Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. 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: The position requires no specialized physical requirements. The incumbent must be able to communicate effectively with others, travel throughout the medical center, and respond and react to a fast paced environment.

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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: $215,000.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This announcement is open to United States Citizens. Non-citizens can only be appointed in the event there are no qualified citizens available.

Control Number: 434356100

Job Announcement Number: CD-16-ANH-1666477-BU