Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatry) PCT - PTSD in Temple, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Temple, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 9/16/2016 (159 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/15/2017 (205 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1777294

11/23/16: VACANCY AMENDMENT: This position has been amended to remove Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).

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 Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS), is comprised of two large Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers located in Temple and Waco, a large stand-alone multi-specialty outpatient clinic in Austin, four outpatient clinics located in Brownwood, Bryan/College Station, Cedar Park, and Palestine plus a rural outreach clinic in La Grange.

CTVHCS has affiliation agreements with Texas A&M; College of Medicine/Baylor-Scott and White Healthcare System, the University of Texas Southwestern/Seton Healthcare Network, and the Texas Department of State Health Services. More than 250 Residents and Fellows are trained annually at CTHVCS, plus more than 200 medical students per year. Over 100 CTVHCS medical staff have faculty appointments with Texas A&M; College of Medicine.

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.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized.

*Position is open until filled*

This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until 9/15/2017 This vacancy has multiple cut-off dates, with the 1st Cut-off date being 10/1/2016 and subsequent cut-offs every 14 days. Management retains the right to make additional selections as positions become available.


This is a bargaining unit position

The incumbent will be assigned to Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine (MH&BM;) Service, and provide psychiatric services to patients seeking treatment in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team. The primary responsibilities will be in the assessment, management, and coordination of care for individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as other anxiety disorders. It will be expected that the incumbent will take advantage of robust research and training activities including these at the Center of Excellence for PTSD located a short distance away. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • The incumbent will be under the supervision of the Chief, MH&BM;, Temple.

  • Performs teaching activities and supervision of fellows, residents, and medical students as are available.

  • Maintains an academic appointment with the Texas A&M; College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.

  • Interest and or expertise in management of PTSD chronic, serious mental illnesses is preferred

but not mandatory.

  • The incumbent will provide light on-call consultation coverage in rotation with several other

staff psychiatrists in Temple (1:17 call ratio).

  • Although board certification is not a requirement, candidates with board certification are


Tour of Duty: Compressed/alternate tours (3 or 4-day work week), involving evenings and a few Saturdays are available and are encouraged

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:

  • Must be US Citizen (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

  • Must have a 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 an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the

year in which the degree was granted, or

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College

Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the

degree was granted.

(3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met

requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the


  • Must possess a 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

  • Must have completed a residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans 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.)

Preferred Experience: Board certification in Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).

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:Moderate Lifting, 15-44 lbs; Light Lifting, under 15 lbs; Use of fingers; New vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted).

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. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

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 $320,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Current, permanent CTVHCS employees; Current, permanent VA employees; Current, permanent Federal employees; U.S. Citizens (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

Control Number: 447649800

Job Announcement Number: AG3816573-Cro-1777294-BU