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Psychiatrist – General Mental Health (GMH) – Stockton, CA

Department of Veterans Affairs
Stockton, California
Closing date
Jul 13, 2024

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Full Time
Position Type

The VA Northern California Health Care System (NCHCS) is currently recruiting for full-time, board eligible/board certified psychiatrists who are value-driven, recovery- and diversity-oriented, and possess energy, compassion, and a pursuit of excellence to join our General Mental Health (GMH) team at the Stockton VA Outpatient Clinic. The incumbent will conduct review of medical history, physical exams and mental status exams; complete assessments and formulate diagnoses; develop treatment plans; and order labs and/or radiological assessments for a wide variety of mental disorders, through a multidisciplinary team approach. The GMH Psychiatrist is responsible for the medication management of patients as indicated in the treatment plan as well as facilitation of medication support groups, evaluating and providing medical clearance for patients presenting to the clinic who may need psychiatric hospitalization, and assessment and intervention for patients presenting in crisis.

At this time only candidates interested in onsite delivery of care will be considered. This is not a remote or virtual assignment.

Whether you're interested in academics, research, or a better work/life balance, you'll find the VA has a lot to offer, including the unmatched satisfaction you'll get from caring for those who have served our country.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm; Alternate Tour of duty may be required to include evening hours and weekends.

On-Call: Weeknight and weekend telephone and on-site/virtual on-call duties for either the Behavioral Health Intensive Care Unit (BHICU) at the Sacramento VA Medical Center or Joint Inpatient Mental Health Unit (JIMHU) located at Travis Air Force Base.  On-call rotations last one week, can be conducted from home, and are usually Friday-Thursdays, including weekends and holidays. The rotations may include discussion of potential admissions to the inpatient psychiatric unit, evaluating patients requiring seclusion and restraint, evaluating emergent psychiatric consults on the medical/surgical, and rounding on the inpatient psychiatric unit during weekends and holidays.  Psychiatrists generally are on-call three to five times per year depending on site.

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized 
Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized
Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Position Eligible
EDRP Authorized: Contact, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance

Candidates must: 1) be a US citizen or PRA (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with [38 U.S.C. § 7407(a)]; 2) possess a current, full, unrestricted medical license in any state, 3) board certified in BE/BC Psychiatry, and 4) and confirm vaccination for seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which are both requirements for all Health Care Personnel (HCP) employed by Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Preferred experience: Board Certification in Psychiatry (or intention to take Board exam)

More About the Area: 

Discover a flavorful Northern California getaway and the essence of California's Central Valley as you explore the most culturally rich and diverse city in San Joaquin County. Strategically situated along the California Delta, here, the river flows out to the coast, cultures converge, and the world comes together. If variety is the spice of life, this is one hot city. Get to Stockton by boat, air, train, or bus and discover a number of beautiful residential communities along waterways, with single-family homes costing about one-third the price of homes in the Bay Area. While you're in town, cheer for one of our professional sports teams, pick up a treasure along the "Miracle Mile" or take a tour of nearby Lodi wine country. Next stop? San Francisco, or maybe Yosemite. The adventure never ends when you start at the heart of California's famous Central Valley.

VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.

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

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