Physician (Psychiatrist) GP-0602-14

Defense Health Agency (DHA)
Camp Zama, 13
Closing date
Jan 30, 2025

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Physician (Psychiatrist)

Camp Zama is home to the U.S. Army Japan (USARJ), I Corps (Forward), U.S. Army Aviation Battalion Japan, the 311th Military Intelligence Battalion, the Japan Engineer District (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), the 78th Signal Battalion, and the Bilateral Coordination Department and 4th Engineer Group of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

Camp Zama is close to the Sagami River near the foothills of the Tanzawa Mountain Range, Kanagawa Prefecture. The installation falls in the Zama City limits while the two housing areas, Camp Zama and Sagamihara Family Housing Area (SFHA), are located in the adjacent Sagamihara City. Once considered rural, this area has transformed into an urban area. New housing developments and communities along with shopping centers have increased the population. Traveling from Tokyo and outlying U.S. military installations to Camp Zama averages from 1.5 to 3 hours depending on the time of day. However traveling from other parts of Kanagawa was made easier with the opening of the nearby Sagamihara/Aikawa Interchange which connects with the Ken-Ō Expressway in May 2012. The recommended method to travel to Camp Zama during times of peak road traffic is via the extremely reliable local public transportation train system. The closest train station to Camp Zama is the Odakyū Line's Sōbudai-mae Station.

Working for the Department of Defense comes with an abundance of benefits and perks to include competitive compensation packages, paid-time off, medical benefits, student loan repayments, and retirement package with Thrift Savings Plan to include matching employer contributions.



This position is located at BG Crawford F. Sams Health Clinic/Medical Activity-Japan (MEDDAC-J). The employee is relied upon to proceed on own initiative and has responsibility for decisions regarding emergency cases as well as normal diagnostic and treatment procedures, and to collaborate actively with the Installation Director of Psychological Health/Chief, Department of Behavioral Health for program development.

1. Performs duties as a practitioner and consultant in Psychiatry with emphasis on problems of all levels of complexity and must come to the position with knowledge and experience (ideally working with the military population, as well as general adult, adolescent and child population) providing treatment services in any capacity including, but not limited to routine outpatient services, consultation liaison services and must be well versed to transition to any area as required. Provides continuing follow-up care for inpatients and outpatients with acute and/or disorders and complications of these disorders, such as psychosis, organic brain syndrome, substance
abuse/addictions, etc. Provides psychiatric care for walk-in patients presenting with acute illnesses of minor and major proportions.

The psychiatrist is expected to exercise initiative and sound judgment in establishing evaluation techniques, developing treatment and rehabilitation plans and providing appropriated therapeutic treatment services. Examines and conducts thorough studies of presenting patients and evaluates laboratory and clinical findings, prescribing appropriate treatment or referring patient to appropriate specialty clinic. Collaborates with physicians in other medical specialties on cases involving complicated and multifaceted problems. Provides professional consultation, supervision and collaborative medical support to other professional staff such as psychologists, advanced practical nurses, mental health specialists, social workers, as well as military specific liaison work with commanders. Employee provides supervision and/or medical support to non-medical mental health providers as needed. Based on the complexity of a particular case the incumbent may refer to other medical mental health specialist when this action is considered advisable. Duties as a practitioner and consultant in psychiatry are anticipated to primarily be conducted in person at Camp Zama, Japan, though provision of care through telebehaivoral/virtual health platforms to locations throughout Japan and other military locations in the Indopacific Region would also be anticipated. Performance is evaluated through various methods which may include spot check of case records, referrals, also sought out from patients and fellow staff members.

2. Directs Quality Assurance studies in areas of responsibility. Makes decisions that have a serious impact on the lives of others, such as recommending hospitalization or determining a service members fitness for duty or assessing and completing a Medical Evaluation Board (MEB), Temporary Disability Retirement List {TDRL) evaluations, psychological autopsies, sanity boards, command consultations, other administrative processes as required and prepares reports of such evaluations according to applicable regulations.

Identifies patient treatment needs and arranges for a safe therapeutic outcome. Accomplishes special program assignments such as training, program coordination, research, analysis, and consultation as required. Participates, supports and assumes primary responsibility for specified assignments in QI activities in the Psychiatry Service. Demonstrates an understanding of requirements and benefits of TRICARE and can effectively communicate these to beneficiaries. Prepares and maintains convenience files and outpatient medical records in accordance with service and hospital SOPs. Prepares case summaries and other correspondence in a timely and effective fashion.



Basic Requirements:

1. Must obtain and maintain board certification as a psychiatrist.
2. Licensure: Must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
3. Childcare background check required for this position. This position is subject to Section 231, Crime Control Act of 29 November 1990; Section 13041, Title 42, United States Code; and Section 1094, National Defense Authorization Act (For Fiscal Years 1992 and 1993) of 5 December 1991. Employees must obtain and maintain a favorable result from a Criminal History Background Check as a condition of employment.
4. This position is covered by Health Affairs Policy 97006, 23 Oct. 96, which requires the employee to obtain Hepatitis B Immunization unless exempted by a physician.
5. American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required.
6. May be required to work evenings/nights; rotating shifts, extended hours, weekends, holidays or other schedules common to hospital operations.
7. Employee may be required to wear and use personal protective equipment as required and provided by the employer.
8. Incumbent may be required to report to work during periods of inclement weather.
9. This position has a mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirement and is therefore subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations.
10. This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to applicant testing and random drug testing for incumbents.
11. A successful completion of a pre-appointment physical and yearly thereafter may be required.
12. Incumbent must be able to be credentialed by Military Treatment Facility (MTF).
13. Travel is required. Up to 5%



At the Defense Health Agency you can practice at locations across the U.S. and around the world, but most importantly, you'll get the work-life balance you have always wanted with the benefits you deserve.

Practice alongside other highly-skilled civilian and military healthcare professionals and enjoy the unique career opportunities and employment benefits that can be found with the Defense Health Agency.


There are a lot of reasons you became a physician, but none of them included inflexible work schedules, burdensome administrative tasks, and dealing with insurance companies. By offering you exceptional employment benefits as well as the opportunity to practice at locations across the U.S. and around the world, DHA delivers you the work-life balance you have always been missing.


The civilian physicians of the Defense Health Agency meet the healthcare needs of active duty and retired military personnel, and their families, at treatment facilities across the U.S. and around the world.

DHA employees are NOT subject to military requirements such as "boot camp," enlistments, or deployments. Department of Defense is an equal opportunity employer.


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With job openings at more than 350 military medical facilities all across the U.S. and around the world, DHA offers you the chance to practice where you want.


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Dr Frank R

“As a civilian serving in the DHA, I get what I was missing most in my old practice. I was tired of the punishing work schedule and dealing with insurance and all the stress it brings. Now, I still practice alongside great physicians in a state-of-the-art facility, but in an environment that allows me to have a life outside the practice.

Best of all, even though I'm a civilian, I receive excellent federal benefits.”

Dr. Frank R

Evans Army Community Hospital

Fort Carson, CO.


  • Promote, sustain, and enhance the health of our armed forces, veterans, and their families.
  • Train, develop, and equip a medical force that supports full spectrum operations.
  • Deliver leading-edge healthcare to our warriors and military families to optimize outcomes.
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