Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (In-Patient Psychiatrist) in Salisbury, North Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Salisbury, NC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 2/9/2016 (261 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 12/12/2016 (46 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1622986

This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until December 12, 2016. This vacancy has multiple cut-off dates, with the first cut-off date being March 9, 2016 with subsequent cut-off dates every 30 days until the vacancy has been filled.

*In-Patient Psychiatrist for a 24/7 Acute Care Unit*

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.

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. Salary is pro-rated for number of hours worked.

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.

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. 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.

Salisbury is a small, historic city located in the heart of the Piedmont area of North Carolina with a moderate climate which enjoys four distinct seasons. Salisbury is a great place to work, live and raise a family. The City of Salisbury boasts 10 National Register Historic Districts with over 1,200 properties. It is located on Interstate 85 only 35 miles from the metropolitan area of Charlotte, and 40 miles from Greensboro, and Winston-Salem NC. Salisbury has grown from a small town to a nice small city of 26,548, and is the county seat of Rowan County. It is also the home of three colleges: Catawba College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Livingstone College.

For more information about the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC please visit the following links:

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for this position.

Extra Incentive may be authourized for In-Patient Psychiatrists in the 24/7 Acute Care Clinic only.


Major duties include:

  1. Application of accepted protocols to assess individuals for admission presenting acute mental conditions. Assessment may include, but not limited to gathering and documenting psychiatric and medical history, mental status examination and History and Physical(H&P;).

  2. Diagnostic description or formulation to guide appropriate acute and secondary treatment interventions.

  3. Staff psychiatrists are ultimately responsible for all aspects of psychiatric care.

  4. Staff psychiatrists will also cover emergency psychiatric services and psychiatric consults in medical units as needed during their tour.

  5. Staff psychiatrists are able to perform and teach all of the services required in the practice of psychiatry to psychiatric residents. Educational experiences are also provided to appropriate health care personnel who seek training in mental health services (e.g. medical students, psychology and social work interns, physician assistant and nursing students, and nonpsychiatry medical residents).

Additional Functions

  1. Staff psychiatrists supervise residents and/or Physician extenders in the process of evaluation and treatment of the psychiatric patient.

  2. Evaluate the patient to assess changes in the physical and mental status. A progress note is written in the electronic patient’s chart. Notes also include the concurrence with notes written by the resident, and attending notes as appropriate.

  3. Perform inpatient psychiatry evaluations, responsible for follow up treatment as the team leader including formulation of master treatment plans.

  4. May participate in hospital committees, departmental and hospital in-service programs, and education programs of the department and the hospital. They are also involved in continuous quality improvement through peer review process.

  5. May initiate or participate in an ongoing research activity. Faculty appointments to affiliated medical schools are available, as teaching medical students, residents and other disciplines is essential.

  6. Job duties may require flexible schedules including 12 hour shifts ie alternating 7 days on with 7 days off.

* May require flexible schedules including 12-hour shifts i.e. alternating 7 days on/7 days off.*

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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.


Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions 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 must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.


Physical and mental status of individuals should enable them to perform all their duties under normal and emergent conditions. The applicant must have the ability to perform efficiently and without hazard to self or others will encompass consideration of physical, mental, and emotional ability as related to realistic requirements for the duties and responsibilities to be assumed.

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

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other Information

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

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $170,000.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This announcement will be checked monthly for applicants, when a selection has been made the vacancy will be closed.

Control Number: 429118800

Job Announcement Number: VHA-659-16-HAM-1622986-OCA