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Staff Psychiatrist - Acute Inpatient Psychiatry and Consult and Liaison Team
Palo Alto, CA


1.    WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM.

2.    Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

3.    Relocation Expenses or Recruitment Incentive MAY be authorized for this position.  The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to

4.    This position is a Non-Bargaining Unit status.

5.    Functional Statement Number: 000000

6.   This position is eligible to Telework but does not grant the permission to Telework.


VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) is part of VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21), which includes facilities in California, Nevada and Hawaii. VAPAHCS consists of three inpatient divisions located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore in addition to seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) in San Jose, serving Santa Clara County; in Capitola, serving Santa Cruz County; in Monterey, serving Monterey and San Benito Counties; in Stockton, serving San Joaquin County; in Modesto, serving Stanislaus County; in Sonora, serving Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties; and in Fremont, serving Alameda County.  Additionally, there are four Vet Centers located in Redwood City, Santa Cruz, Modesto and San Jose. 


VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research.  Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, tertiary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. 


An affiliation with the world-renowned Stanford University School of Medicine provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Over 1,300 University residents, interns and students are trained each year.  VAPAHCS also enjoys approximately 175 affiliation agreements engaging over 125 separate institutions. Affiliation agreements cover a wide variety of programs, disciplines, and services.


VAPAHCS maintains one of the top three research programs in the VA with extensive research centers in geriatrics, mental health, Alzheimer's disease, spinal cord regeneration, schizophrenia, Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, HIV research and a Health Economics Resource Center.  The team of researchers at VAPAHCS includes more than 180 principal investigators engaged in more than 640 ongoing projects, supporting both basic and clinical research efforts in the following areas: spinal cord injury, co-operative studies/clinical studies, diabetes, drug abuse, pain management, cancer, endocrinology, immunology, musculoskeletal, hypertension, dermatology, atherosclerosis, nephrology, bioterrorism, post traumatic stress disorder, hepatitis, ophthalmology, optometry, polytrauma, vision rehabilitation, and cardiology.  Research programs include: Stanford/VA Alzheimer’s Research Center, Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence on Mobility, HIV Studies, Health Economics and Research Center, Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Coordination Center, Program Evaluation and Resource Center, Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center, Center for Healthcare Evaluation, and Family Research Center.  

VAPAHCS also values Process Improvement and established an Office of Process Improvement (OPI) in Fiscal Year 2010.  The focus of OPI is to establish a structured means to prioritize and select Rapid Process Improvement Workshops projects which will serve to standardize and streamline processes to create a more efficient workforce.  Therefore, Process Improvement experience is also highly desirable as VAPAHCS looks to continuously innovate processes across the health care system.

The  position of Staff Psychiatrist located in Psychiatry Service, provides expertise in General Psychiatry in acute psychiatry and other medical inpatient and emergency room settings. The incumbent, who also serves as a staff physician reports directly to the Director of Inpatient Psychiatry or designee who in turn report directly to the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health Operations, and is responsible for providing psychiatirc services to eligible veterans through the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). The functional statement covers Psychiatrists located in the acute psychiatry inptient setting at the Palo Alto and Menlo Park Divisions of the VAPAHCS.



  • Summary
    • 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.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


      As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

      VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  





      This Excepted Service Appointment MAY be Extended and Made Permanent.

      EDRP INCENTIVE: Applicant(s) selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an award up to the maximum limitation under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Subject to availability of EDRP funding. Recipient must apply within four months of permanent employment.

  • Qualifications & Evaluations


      1. Citizenship:  United States Citizenship. 
      2. Education: 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
      3. First-Year Residency (Internship). Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate’s acceptability for residency training.
      4. Licensure: Current, full and unrestricted license as a physician in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
      5. Board Certification:  Board certified/eligible in Psychiatry.
      6. Physical Requirements: Pre-Employment physical and drug screening required.
      7. English Language Proficiency:  Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by Title 38, United States Code (38 U.S.C.).
      8. Qualifications: To be eligible to apply for core privileges in Psychiatry, the following criteria must be met;  Current certification or active participation in the examination process leading to certification in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry; OR, successful completion of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or American Osteopathic Association accredited post-graduate traning program in psychiatry; OR, be grandfather in from previous experience, AND, applicants for initial appointment must be able to demonstrate the provision of inpatient, outpatient, or consultative services for at least 200 patients during the past 12 months, or demonstrate successful completion of a hospital-affiliated accredited residency, special clinical fellowship or research.


      PSYCHIATRY CORE PRIVILEGES - Admit, evaluate, diagnose, treat, provide consultation and perform history and physical examinations to adult patients presenting with mental, behavioral, addictive or emotional disorders, utilizing all forms of psychological and social treatment including medications.  Privileges include providing consultation with physicians in other fields 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 test, and prescribe medications.


      1. Applicant's experience and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.


      References :  The Office of Human Resources (OHRM) VA Directive 5005, Part II, Appendix G2 – Physicians Qualification Standard.  The OHRM Directive is available for review in the local HR Office or on the internet at:

      Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

  • Benefits & Other Info
    • Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .

  • How to Apply
    • To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

      YOU MUST INCLUDE COMPLETED (FILLED OUT, SIGNED, AND DATED) VA FORM 10-2850 IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

      Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

      If you cannot apply online:

      1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
      2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
      3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
      4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

      To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

      1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1033982  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
      2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

      The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on January 3, 2014

  • More Info
    • Palo Alto
    • CA
    • 2014-01-18T02:46:00.732478
    • 359703400
    • Excepted Service Permanent
    • APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***
    • VM
    • 240000
    • 130000
    • 3
    • VATA
    • Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
    • None
    • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

      Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

      Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

      Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:


      The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.


      The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

      VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.


      This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within (90) days. 

    • Per Year
    • 1033982
    • You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

      1. CV or Resume.
      2. Completed (filled out, signed, and dated) VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists & Chiropractors (Available at   (required).

      3. Occupational Questionnaire
      4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Link to OF-306 – Declaration for Federal Employment:  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
      5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 [Member-4 copy] (required) or proof of service.   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at
      6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).
      7. Resume Reminder - Your federal resume must include the following information for each job listed: Job title; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

    • 1-Full-Time
    • 0602-Medical Officer
    • Active
    • 15317-Permanent
    • 2014-01-29T02:47:05.990906
    • 1033982
    • After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

    • 15514-United States Citizens

More Job Detail:
Phone: (650)493-5000x63951


Series: 0602-Medical Officer
Start Date: 1/18/2014
End Date: 12/31/2014
Pay Grade Low: 00
Pay Grade High: 00
Status: Full Time
Minimum Pay: $130000
Maximum Pay: $240000
Job Pay Type: Per Year
Job Openings: 3
Job Organization: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Position: 1033982
Who May Apply: 15514-United States Citizens
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