Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist) in Memphis, Tennessee

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

Opened Thursday 12/31/2015 (296 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1130297

The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and nine community based outpatient clinics (CBOC). It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs. Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center. Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

The VAMC in Memphis is part of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, VISN 9, which includes facilities in Lexington and Louisville, KY; Huntington, WV; and Nashville and Mountain Home, TN.

For more information about the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

This is an open continous announcement. Applications will be accepted for Psychiatrists on an ongoing basis. Qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file for the time period of this announcement.


The incumbent serves as a psychiatrist and is assigned to the Mental Health Service at VA Medical Center (VAMC) Memphis. Incumbent provides comprehensive experience in clinical services to Veterans and their families. The incumbent will perform, general psychiatric assessment and treatment in a multi-disciplinary setting composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, physician extenders and a variety of rehabilitation/recovery therapists. The incumbent will work closely with his/her colleagues to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art mental health care. As many of these patients suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, experience and competence in treating this type of condition is desirable. The incumbent shall work under the direction of the Section Chief of Psychiatry.

Incumbent provides clinical services in the Emergency Department, Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, and/or other areas as based upon need and reports administratively to the Section Chief of Psychiatry.

Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment Incentive is negotiable for a highly qualified candidate

Expenses: Relocation Expenses are authorized. The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty station or facilities. For more information go to

Note:Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the appointment eligibility and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Current permanent employees of the Memphis VAMC will receive first consideration when filling vacancies.

Working Hours:Negotiable to support the Department of Veterans Affairs mission to provide the best care possible at hours convenient to our Veteran population. On call is required after 4:30pm and on weekends and holidays in rotation with other attending psychiatrists. Most call is provided as back-up to University of Tennessee psychiatry residents.

Location of Position: Mental Health Service, Memphis TN

NOTE: This is an Open Continuous Announcement. The first cut off date for this announcement is October 14, 2016. All eligible applicants that apply before this date will be referred to the selection manager. Any applicants that apply after this cut off date will be reviewed and sent to selecting official upon the request.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station is authorized
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US citizenship and English language proficiency
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Random drug testing
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
  • 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.
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry
  • 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: For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required. 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 competed. 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: 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 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via US postal service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Saturday, December 31, 2016.


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

Other Information

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.

Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Management retains the right to select from any appropriate recruitment methods, such as reassignment, promotion, appointment, transfer, reemployment, reinstatement, or demotion to fill this vacancy. The decision as to which source or sources to use (singularly, in any sequence, or concurrently in any combination) will be made by management.This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This is bargaining unit position.

Drug Testing Designated Positions: In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 371090800

Job Announcement Number: RZ-15-MT-1130297-OCA-BU