Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist) - Mental Health in Saint Louis, Missouri

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Saint Louis, MO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/14/2016 (21 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822738

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.

The VA Saint Louis Health Care System is a 2 Campus, full-service tertiary referral center, with 4 Community Based Outpatient Clinics, Providing advanced inpatient and ambulatory care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, and rehabilitation, as well as over 65 subspecialty areas, including the VA's busiest interventional cardiac program, interventional radiology and radiation oncology.

Working for the VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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 "

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").

The VA offers employees great benefits to include paid vacation and Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401K) with matching contributions.

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.

DUTY STATION: The duty station is at the John Cochran Division; however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the medical center.

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.


The Saint Louis VA Health Care System seeks to hire a full-time outpatient Psychiatrist in the Mental Health Service, but serving exclusively within the Consult and Liaison Service. In this position the psychiatrist provides consultation to Emergency Department and Inpatient Medical and Surgical units. The ideal candidate would join our collegial staff in embracing compassionate care, clinical excellence, teamwork, and enthusiasm for teaching. There is an established psychiatric residency program as well as opportunities to collaborate with others on interdisciplinary medical teams. The incumbent is expected to provide high quality and efficient care and be able to work well in an interdisciplinary team setting. The VA maintains an electronic medical record and all staff contribute directly into the record. Academic affiliation with Saint Louis University School of Medicine is possible. The physician will need to be an effective communicator and team player who collaborates with multiple disciplines within Behavioral Health and the Medical/Surgical Specialties. The incumbent will participate in professional, clinical, and administrative activities as assigned.

Work Schedule: Preferred Tour of Duty is Monday - Friday, 10am -6:30pm, but is negotiable.

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician

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.
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full, unrestricted Licensure, Certification or Registration required

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. Training: Physician must have completed residency training or its equivalent approved by the Secretary of Veteran Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.)
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience:

This is an ideal position for anyone who is interested in providing high quality clinical service and consultation to a variety of medical providers.

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: A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Physician applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested.

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.

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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: $180,000.00 to $230,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).

Control Number: 453088400

Job Announcement Number: STL-T38-16-GM-1822738-BU