This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. The Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS) Mental Health Service is seeking a skilled Outpatient Psychiatrist for the Southwest CBOC in Phoenix. The incumbent will screen, evaluate, and admit or enroll patient to psychiatry programs including via telehealth. **Periodically, lists of eligible applicants can be requested by the selecting officials prior to the closing date of the announcement. Announcement can close prior to the closing date if an ideal applicant is selected.** VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Routine Duties Screen, evaluate, and admit or enroll patient to psychiatry programs. Key psychiatric functions include a full spectrum of diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services provided by qualified interdisciplinary staff in a safe and dignified setting with emphasis on least restrictive approach. These include but are not limited to: Individual psychotherapy. Crisis intervention. Psycho-pharmacotherapy. Consultation/liaison. Patient education. Order diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, x-rays, electrocardiograms, (EKGs), etc. including HIV tests and evaluate results of such tests. Psychiatric on-call coverage and consultation-Liaison coverage, as assigned. Conducting complete psychiatric evaluations (including the mental status evaluation). Prescribe appropriate pharmaceutical agents for smoking cessation including Buprenorphine and Clozapine. Prescribe evidenced based pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders. Initiate and refill prescriptions for all medications. Monitor and record patient progress. Obtain consent for hospitalization, tests, & medications. Carry out health promotion and disease prevention activities including education and shared decision-making. Provide education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and use of prescribed treatments and medications. Write orders and notes in CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System). Administer and document Suicide Risk Assessment in CPRS. Perform other delegated tasks not specifically outlined herein upon the direction of supervising chiefs. Telephone consultation with patients and family members. Function as member of assigned committees, task forces, and investigative teams. Teach and supervise medical students, PA students, psychiatry (and as needed, residents from other specialties) residents and fellows, and NP students. Position may be in General Mental Health or co-located in Primary Care as part of the PC/MH integration team. Modality of care may include telehealth from a VA owned/leased facility or telehealth from the provider's home directly into the Veteran's home. (Contingent on approval of Chief of Psychiatry). Position may work with the Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program (MHICM) and provide psychopharmacological services as required. Non-Routine Duties: Group psychotherapy. Marital and family counseling/therapy. When covering inpatient section, duties consist: Provide medical diagnoses, assessments, laboratory workups and treatments within the scope of knowledge and privileges and in keeping with the needs of psychiatric patients. Provide daily medical care to patients whose medical conditions do not require the expertise of a medicine or surgical consultant. Initiate and expedite requests for consultations and special tests/studies throughout the day-not just "sick-call" hours. (i.e. address ongoing medical issues of inpatient/residential patients). Complete consults to appropriate referrals as warranted. (i.e. medicine consults). Transfer patients (to and from) other bed services (e.g., Medicine, Surgery) as necessary, or transfer (to and from) or discharge to other VA Medical Centers or other facilities, as appropriate. Perform initial/periodic histories and physical examinations (including vital signs) on psychiatric inpatients. Evaluate detoxification needs of inpatients and provide necessary medical management of the withdrawal or intoxicated state. Screen inpatients to determine need for further health care. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with nights and weekends as needed for coverage. Call required. Compressed/Flexible: 4 10-hour days possible, start time between 6:30am to 8am Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Yes Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Yes Virtual: No Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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