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Wallops Island, Virginia
Closing date
May 31, 2023

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Pay: Competitive salary
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory

  • Providing holistic, strength-based, person-centered mental health care to the panel of Veterans assigned. This includes but is not limited to medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders and psychiatric care for Veterans with an array of mental health diagnosis as well as trauma related experiences.
  • Covering clinics for prescribers in their absence.
  • Working as a team member with other clinic staff (e.g. prescribers, therapist, and schedulers) when needed.
  • Collaborating with other hospital and MH&BS programs/staff to ensure wholistic, patient-centered care when needed.
  • Demonstrating mastery of the theories, principles, concepts and methodologies of clinical practice in psychiatry.
  • Exercising judgment in the selection of and/or adaptation of standard and accepted theories, techniques and practices in treating patients and prescribing medications.
  • Completing all required clinical documentation including progress notes, clinical reminders, History and Physical examinations, and various risk assessments in a timely fashion (per hospital and MH&BS SOPs) into electronic medical records.
  • Completing forms, letters and other documentation as required for Veterans as needed.
  • Providing clinical consultation as need to colleagues.
  • Attending team/clinic meetings, MHC staff meetings, and MH&BS general staff meetings.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Sustain collaborative working relationship with other staff, assist in resolving conflicts, and contribute to the accomplishment of the VISN and Medical Center strategic goals and performance measures.
    • Evidence by: visibly present at assigned committee meetings and positivity contributes to these committees. Visibly works to efficiently use resources as evidenced through the application of systems redesign principles within their practice. Maintains open dialogue with the service line leadership regarding concerns/issues which need to be addressed.
    Service: Works effectively within a team environment contributing to the effectiveness of the mental health clinic to deliver safe, cost effective, quality, timely, and patient-focused care
    • Evidence by: Visible evidence of fostering a positive team environment regular participation in team meetings feedback on customer service and patient correspondence. Medical practice exhibits sounds medical practice and efficient use of Medical Center resources.
    Systems Thinking: Actively demonstrates the ability to understand the complexity of an integrated medical care delivery system and how change effects the system as a whole.
    • Evidenced by: exhibited knowledge of actions impacting performance measures weight times patient satisfaction and improving access to care visible participation in systems improvement efforts within mental health clinic and larger MHMBS.
    Creative Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to think and act innovatively looking beyond day-to-day operations.
    • Evidenced by: proactive planning and challenging systems and processes to improve access to care and the care delivery process. Actively participates in performance improvement activities.
    Organizational Stewardship: Demonstrates the ability to work at all levels of the organization to achieve organizational goals such as improving primary access and care coordination , improving measures, reducing length of stay, reducing hospital and we admit admissions and improving patient care outcomes.
    • Evidenced by: Performance measures (e.g. clinical reminder reports, dashboard data and readmission rates.)
    Personal And Professional Development: Demonstrates the ability to recognize personal strengths and limitations by presenting improve professional and personal learning opportunities sponsored by the facility.
    • Evidence by: Educational requirements
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (100 % REMOTE POSITION)


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • All 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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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. 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.
  • Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, 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.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR
    [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR
    (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences.
    Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

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.

Physical Requirements:


Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic 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:
  • Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
  • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
  • 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 applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.]

  • NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.

    Additional information

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

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

    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.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

    Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

    If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.

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