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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist Section Chief in Grand Junction, Colorado


The Western Colorado Veterans Health Care System, Mental Health Service Line is currently recruiting for one (1) full-time (40 hrs Weekly) Psychiatrist to fill a Section Chief position in Grand Junction, Colorado. Recruitment / Relocation Incentive may be authorized for highly qualified individuals.

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) # 10-575-9 may be authorized for highly qualified individuals.


Psychiatrist Section Chief will join a supportive leadership team in a small, collegial Mental Health Service. Psychiatrist Section Chief will split time between administrative, supervisory, and clinical duties, per below. They diagnose and treat mental health disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Psychiatrists prescribe medications according to their scope of practice. WCHCS Psychiatry Section Chief 60% of time in supervisory / administrative duties to include: Serve as member of Mental Health Service Leadership team. Supervise Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and Psychiatrists. Responsible for proficiency reports, personnel actions, recruitment and retention and all related personnel tasks with support and guidance from service chief. Responsible for oversight of outpatient and inpatient psychiatry services. Ensure quality, safety and value of psychiatric services via ongoing professional practice evaluations, medical records reviews and support of staff in implementing evidence-based practice. Participate in mental health leadership team meetings and hospital committees (e.g., Peer Review). Contribute to process improvement for psychiatric services in the Mental Health Service. Lead team in meeting national initiatives (e.g., Psychotropic Drug Safety Initiative) 40% of time spent in clinical duties to include: Assess, diagnose, and treat mental health diagnoses (DSM-5). Perform a complete mental health history, relevant health history, physical examination, and biopsychosocial assessment. Formulate mental health diagnosis and treatment goals based on data obtained from assessment. Assess, stabilize, and determine disposition of patients with emergent mental health conditions consistent with medical staff policy regarding emergency and consultative call service. Provide psychiatric treatment of substance abuse (acute & chronic, including detoxification). Develop individualized mental health treatment plans for assigned patients. Reassess and modify treatment plans as necessary to achieve mental health goals. Administer and interpret standardized measures to assess patient outcomes and progress. Provide mental health consultation to other disciplines/services and the medicine wards. Conduct psychopharmacotherapy according to VA regulation and within the guidelines of the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Manage psychiatric treatment of patients on the Mental Health inpatient unit, including discharge. Serve as on-call back-up clinician for the Mental Health Service in coordination with the first on-call nurse practitioner or psychologist, providing mental health consultation (typically via phone) to the Emergency Department and medicine wards and conducting clinical rounds/H&P on the mental health inpatient unit, if needed. Participate in quality improvement review, including systematic review of records. Maintain timely, accurate, legible and confidential medical records Provide the above specified services in person and via telemedicine technology. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


Applicants must meet the qualification for this position by the closing date of this announcement. 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 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: Must be able to meet the physical demands of the position, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. They must have good manual dexterity, must be able to express or exchange ideals by means of spoken and written word. You will be working with individual with mental disabilities, which requires patients and understanding. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens.


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.