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Chief of Psychiatry - Battle Creek, Michigan

Company: Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Battle Creek
Location: Battle Creek
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Job Description:

Psychiatric-Mental Health opening in Battle Creek, Michigan. This and other physician jobs brought to you by DocCafe.com


The Chief, Psychiatry Service, has overall responsibility for program planning involving psychiatric care for patients of the Battle Creek VA Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinic's (CBOC's) in Wyoming, Muskegon, Benton Harbor and Lansing. The Service Chief is responsible for all professional and administrative activities within the Service including: selection, orientation, evaluation and continuing education of staff.


  • The Chief of Psychiatry will split time between administrative/supervisory duties (90%) and clinical duties (-10%). Duties/responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Serve as a member of the Mental Health leadership team, including providing coverage for the ACOS for Mental Health as needed.
  • Participate in Mental Health meetings, leadership meetings, and facility committees as a representative of Mental Health Service and/or Psychiatry Service as requested.
  • Management and Supervision of staff within Psychiatry Service.
  • Provide clinical services as a Psychiatrist to patients including but not limited to assessing, diagnosing, and treating Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders as per facility expectations and as assigned
  • Completion of proficiency reports, personnel actions, recruitment and retention, and all related personnel tasks with support and guidance from the ACOS for Mental health.
  • Admit, evaluate, diagnose, treat, and provide consultation to adult patients, presenting with mental, behavioral, addictive or emotional disorders.
  • Provide consultation regarding mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders; pharmacotherapy; psychotherapy; family therapy; behavior modification; consultation to the courts; and emergency psychiatry, as well as the ordering of diagnostic, laboratory tests, and prescribing medications.
  • Supervise and ensure quality and timely completion in oversight of Compensation and Pension Mental Health evaluations.
  • Provide Mental Health oversight to National Utilization Management Integration (NUMI) to complete appropriate and timely clinical reviews of ongoing acute psychiatric admissions.
  • Development, implementation and oversight of operational policies and procedures for Psychiatry Service
  • Serve as the Psychiatry Resident Clinical Training Director for all approved Battle Creek VAMC affiliations with accredited Psychiatry training programs


    Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM
    -May be required to work evenings/weekends


    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.


      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.

        Additional Requirement:
        To be eligible to apply for core privileges in Psychiatry Service, the applicant must meet the following qualifications:

        • Graduate of a Medical or Osteopathic school in receipt of M.D. or D.O. degree or its equivalent
        • Successful completion of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredited residency in Psychiatry
        • Must possess medical skills, knowledge and proficiency corresponding to privileges requested.

          Board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


          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.]


          Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): This position is eligible for the 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.
          Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
          Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)
          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
          CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement
          Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
          Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting

          Keyphrases: psychiatry jobs, psychiatrist jobs, psychologist jobs, psychiatric nurse practitioner jobs

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