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 http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.
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 Alzheimers 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.