Supervisory Psychiatrist - Medical Director, Addictions Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS), Sacr...

Department of Veterans Affairs
Sacramento, California
Closing date
Mar 14, 2023

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VA Northern California Health Care System is looking for a dynamic and committed leader to join our Mental Health team!

Interested candidates may apply by emailing a current CV to VA Healthcare Recruiter:

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The VA Northern California Health Care System (NCH CS) is currently recruiting for a full-time Addiction Psychiatrist for the Medical Director position within Addictions Recovery Treatment Services program (ARTS). The duty station is at the Sacramento VA Medical Center.

The Medical Director performs duties as a Practitioner and Consultant in Addiction Medicine program with emphasis on problems of all levels of complexity within the Addiction Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) for all of VA Northern California Healthcare system. The Psychiatrist conducts assessments and formulates diagnoses; and develops treatment plans for patients with substance use and/or other psychiatric disorders, using an interdisciplinary team approach. The Psychiatrist manages psychiatric medication for patients; evaluates the general medical suitability of clinic patients for withdrawal management, detoxification and/or psychiatric hospitalization, including screening physical examinations; and assesses and intervenes with patients presenting in crisis. The Psychiatrist prescribes medications for the treatment of substance use disorders, including buprenorphine, as well as medications for other psychiatric disorders. Collaboration, coordination and cooperation with colleagues within and across disciplines are essential skills. The Medical Director directly supervises all psychiatrists in ARTS. The Medical Director reports to the NCHCS ARTS Program Manager, working collaboratively to provide general oversight and consultation to ARTS prescribers (staff psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, etc.) within the ARTS program throughout the health care system.

Psychiatrists may also have the opportunity for teaching and supervision of medical students and Psychiatric residents through affiliation with the University California, Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Additional Supervisory responsibilities: Maintains a panel of patients with substance use and other psychiatric disorders in collaboration with other mental health disciplines and services to provide comprehensive mental health care. Oversees the administration and operations of medical care within the Addiction Recovery Treatment Services Program, directly supervising psychiatrists and collaboration with Nursing Service. Collaborates with other VA departments and services that contribute to the provision of mental health care. Works with Physician and Nursing Recruitment offices in all steps of recruitment, hiring, and retention of psychiatrists and nursing staff. Communicates to staff and monitors performance and workload expectations consistent with local and national VA standards. Provides employee feedback regarding clinical performance on a regular basis. Assists in developing plans to improved performance when deficits are identified. Coach and mentor staff to promote and encourage continued medical learning and clinical excellence. Rewards employee contributions and performance which exceed performances. Completes FPPE/OPPE and chart audits for credentialing of subordinate staff. Administers leave request and clinic cancellations for subordinate staff. Acts as subject matter expert and advises leadership regarding standard of care for psychiatric practice, regarding the treatment of substance use disorders, including medication assisted treatment, buprenorphine, detoxification and non-pharmacological treatment modalities.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

On-Call: Weeknight/weekend telephone and on-site for the local 16-bed Behavioral Health Intensive Care Unit are shared, currently rotates about 3 to 5 times a year.

Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized

Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Position Eligible

Candidates must be: US Citizen or PRA, BE/BC Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine or Addiction Psychiatry and a medical license in any State

Preferred Experience:

  • Board Certification in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine or Addiction Psychiatry and possession of a current buprenorphine waiver are recognized professional accomplishments for this position.
  • 5+ years' experience in the field of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.

Benefits: 208 hours (5.2 weeks) paid vacation (full-time physicians earn 8 hours each pay period upon employment); 104 hours (2.6 weeks) paid sick leave (full-time physicians earn 4 hours pay period upon employment, no cap); 11 paid Federal holidays (any time clinics are closed you get time-off with pay and does not come out of paid vacation); Competitive Salary; Annual Physician Performance Pay; Malpractice protection with tail coverage covered by the Federal government; CME- 1 week paid authorized absence to attend and after 1 year of employment $1,000 per year stipend toward CME if BC (does not come out of paid vacation); No Physician Employment Contract; no significant restriction on moonlighting

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