Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist) HPACT in Los Angeles County, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Los Angeles County, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 7/14/2016 (103 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 1/31/2017 (98 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.

You Can Make a Difference

Working with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) offers an opportunity for a rewarding health care career serving our nation's Veterans. Your work in this position will give you the opportunity to serve those who have served our nation. 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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

How would you like to join one of the most innovative Mental Health teams in the country! Receive the job satisfaction of providing care to men and women who have defended our nation’s freedom.

Generous Vacation Package

Ten Paid Holidays Per Year

Health & Life Retirement Packages

Academic Affiliations

No Malpractice Insurance Premiums

Appointment is contingent upon applicant meeting qualifications and the determination of the Professional Standards Board.

Salary: To be determined by a Compensation Panel of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

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.


Work Schedule:

Tour of Duty:Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; if evening and/or Saturday clinics are established, there may be some coverage required during those times.

Functional Statement Title/#: * *Psychiatry Physician

Position Location may be one of the following: West Los Angeles Healthcare Center, Sepulveda*Ambulatory Care Center*, Downtown Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Clinic

VA Greater Los Angeles HealthCare System (GLA) seeks Board-Eligible and/or Board-Certified Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatrists. Candidates will work on a multidisciplinary team to provide coordinated, integrated, rehabilitative and restorative mental health care with the goal of helping eligible veterans achieve and maintain the highest level of functioning and independence. Duties include, but are not limited to:

*Diagnose and treat a wide variety of severe mental and substance use disorders and be familiar with recovery-oriented principles.

*Teach a variety of trainees and must be eligible for a faculty appointment.

*Provide clinical services in a virtual modality. Virtual modality includes video telehealth, patient/provider secure messaging, telephone visits, and remote review of electronically forwarded medical records. The degree of use will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

*Provide comprehensive Mental Health evaluation and treatment for all Veterans seeking care in Los Angeles County.

*Deliver Mental Health integrated services in conjunction with nurse care-managers, psychologists, social workers, and physicians in Primary Care.

*Participate in Process Improvement/Quality Assurance projects and other administrative duties as assigned.

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.

All individuals applying under this announcement must meet basic qualification standards for appointment as contained in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, dated April 15, 2002. This standard is available in the Human Resources Liaison Office for review.


Basic Requirements:Following are the overall requirements for appointment as a physician in VHA.

a. Citizenship.Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. Education.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 except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

c. Licensure and Registration

(1) Physicians (Except Residents). 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. The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.

(2) Residents.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 before the second year of VA residency, or meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for residents of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes. The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

(3) Impaired Licensure. A physician who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3, section B, paragraph 14 of this part.

(4) Waiver of Licensure. Licensure may be waived by the Under Secretary for Health or designee in Central Office for individuals in research or academic assignments involving no direct patient care responsibilities in accordance with current regulations.

d. First-Year Residency (Internship). Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate’s acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are:

(1) Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or

(2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

e. Physical Standards. Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted.

f. 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).


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.

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.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Hearing (aid permitted).

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.

This announcement is for an immediate opening. Candidates notified of a tentative selection will be required to complete a physical examination and/or a background investigation to include fingerprinting. For either requirement, additional information may be required and candidates will be provided one to five business days to meet these requirements. For tentative selectees who fail to report for a physical, fail to submit additional information regarding the physical, fail to complete the on-line background investigation and/or submit the signature pages required to complete the investigation within the five day period may have their name removed from further consideration for this vacancy. These candidates may apply for future vacancies as they are posted on USAJobs.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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: $99,957.00 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: 444548300

Job Announcement Number: RN-17-ANH-1751315