Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Psychiatrist: Acute Inpatient Psychiatry and Consult and Liaison Team in Palo Alto, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Palo Alto, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 3/10/2016 (229 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1612270

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?

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital with an affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine which provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Health Care System operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 enrolled Veterans. You can learn more about

VAPAHCS by visiting

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 first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on February 22,2016. Subsequent referrals will be made every month after that date. Applications received after the first cut- off date, will be considered for the second cut-off, and so on throughout the life of the announcement and within you specific period of eligibility.

All applicants may receive consideration for 3 months from the date of application. If you wish to be considered after that period, and the announcement is still open to receive applications, you must re-apply to indicate you continued interest.


Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Staff Psychiatrist: Acute Inpatient Psychiatry and Consult and Liaison Team

The incumbent, who will also serve as a staff physician reports directly to the Director of Inpatient Psychiatry or designee who in turn reports directly to the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health Operations, and is responsible for providing psychiatric services to eligible veterans through the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).

The incumbent will be responsible for:

  • The evaluation and management of patients on the acute inpatient psychiatry units, in the emergency room, will provide consultations to other services in the hospital and will have call duties.
  • Supervise trainees including medical students and residents.
  • Serve in hospital committees such as Medication Management Committee or Pain Committees and attend all meetings as needed etc.
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.

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: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.
  • Licensure: 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.
  • Residency: Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • English Language: Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience:

Highly qualified candidates should possess the following:

  • Residency:Completion of four (4) years of residency, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Board Eligible/Board Certified:Candidate should be board eligible or board certified at the time of application.

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: This position requires: light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; use of fingers and both hands required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; both eyes required.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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

Series & Grade: AD-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Board Certified or Board Eligible Candidates

Control Number: 427889300

Job Announcement Number: VK-16-AW-1612270-OCA