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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist - Dubuque Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Dubuque, Iowa


-----RECRUITMENT OR RELOCATION INCENTIVES MAY APPLY FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE----- The Physician - Psychiatrist is assigned to the Dubuque Community Based Outpatient Clinic and is directly responsible to the Mental Health Service Line Director. The Psychiatrist needs to function as an independent provider for clinical psychiatric services being able to perform evaluations and manage a broad range of patients referred for psychiatric consultation.


Common duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following: Obtain an appropriate health history and physical examination on patients who present to the Outpatient Psychiatry, and other assigned clinical areas as appropriate. Interpret the history and clinical findings, order laboratory tests, radiographic studies, ancillary tests and requested consultations within the context of the psychiatric illness and to further evaluate the patient and arrive at a differential diagnosis and treatment plan. Perform patient care functions including staff physician responsibilities in the Outpatient Psychiatry, Inpatient Psychiatry, Urgent Care, and other assigned clinical areas as appropriate. Supervise the physician assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatry Fellows, Psychiatry Residents and Medical Students in the various mental health settings. Interact and coordinate the clinical activities and needs of the assigned Mental Health clinics with the psychiatric physician assistants, case manager, and chemotherapy infusion nurses. Consult, refer and collaborate with other disciplines. Maintain appropriate and timely documentation in the medical record of clinical services performed to include the completion of clinical reminders and alerts. Provide education and counseling for patients regarding mental health conditions and the prescribed treatment plans and the planned medication coordination with the health care team. Develop training and education materials for trainees and clinical staff in psychiatry or other designated clinical areas. Evaluate the health needs of the population referred for management of mental health diseases and develop strategies to optimally care for this population within the resource limitations that exist. Develop clinical research interests related mental health diseases as appropriate. Assist the Director, Mental Health Service Line in the administrative duties of the Mental Health Service Line including tasks with participation on committees, quality assurance and management of clinics as needed. The psychiatry physician will participate in appropriate record keeping responsibilities related to the VA database. Sensitive medical information "electronic, written or oral" will not be discussed with anyone "unless a patient signs a release of information" or at the direction of the VA Medical Center Director, and only with VA employees who have a "clear need to know basis." This includes protection of information from loss, alteration, unauthorized deletion and unauthorized access. The psychiatry physician will participate in an annual, structured proficiency review. This review will include the following: overall assessment of clinical proficiency and the physician's scope of practice, results in departmental/service monitoring and evaluation of drug utilization, medical record review and any other objective quality improvement data that is available. The Director, Mental Health Service Line or designee will complete the review. The Chief of Staff will concur with the review. The Director, Mental Health Service Line or Designee may request suspension of a specific duty or privilege originally accredited by the Clinical Executive Board (CEB). Permanent change will be coordinated with the Director, Mental Health Service Line, Chief of Staff, and CEB. Additional Clinical duties as delegated. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Completion of 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. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Physical requirements outlined below. Preferred Experience: Experience working with Veterans. 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: In Accordance With VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; light carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above the shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking 6 hours; standing 6 hours; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability; sitting 8 hours.


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. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

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 eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period. 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. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.