Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist) in North Chicago, Illinois

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Many vacancies in the following location:
  • North Chicago, IL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 4/25/2016 (304 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 3/31/2017 (36 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number:1689190

Current, permanent employees of the Federal Health Care Center, Department of Veterans Affairs, or other Federal Agencies should apply to announcement#: DK-16-JM-1689006-OCA.

*This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until all positions are filled or no later than March 31, 2017. This vacancy has multiple cut-off dates, with the *first cut-off date being May 31, 2016 with subsequent cut-off dates every 30 days. Management retains the right to make additional selections as positions become available.

Our Mission:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

* Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes!*

The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.

If you are searching for a unique opportunity that includes an excellent federal benefits package with one of the largest healthcare networks, then the North Chicago VA is for you.

  • VA physicians and dentists earn up to an additional 7.5% of their salary (not to exceed $15K) in annual physician performance pay.
  • Free liability protection with tail coverage provided.
  • No physician employment contracts and no significant restrictions on moonlighting.
  • Regular pay increases to include biennial longevity increases, annual cost of living increases (when signed into law), and biennial reviews of physician market pay.
  • One full and unrestricted license from any U.S. state or territory is accepted at this facility.
  • 49 Days paid time off per year (26 days paid annual leave, 13 days paid sick leave, 10 paid federal holidays).
  • Pension plan – vested in pension annuity after only 5 years' service.
  • 401K-type plan (Thrift Savings Plan) with matching contributions.

Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click on


There are multiple opportunities located within the Mental Health department. The Psychiatrist will perform evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and consultation to patients with mental, behavioral, addictive, or emotional disorders. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Psychiatric intake assessment including history, physical exam and neurological assessment;
  • Psychiatric diagnosis;
  • Psychiatric treatment planning;
  • Leading and/or participating in interdisciplinary treatment teams;
  • Psychiatric treatment to mentally ill veterans, recruits, students, active duty personnel, dependents and retirees;
  • Medication Management;
  • Consultation to the Navy Brig upon request;
  • Completion of fitness for duty evaluations for all active duty personnel psychiatric assessment;
  • Psychiatry resident and medical student educational/teaching activities;
  • Participation in Physician Peer Review;
  • Participation in Performance Improvement activities;
  • Participation in FHCC committees;
  • Participation in research; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm). Weekend hours may be required. On-call responsibilities during after hours, weekends and holidays, in rotation with other full-time physicians.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Full Unrestricted Licensure.
  • Must Pass Pre-employment Physical Examination.
  • Must be Proficient in Written and Spoken English.
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and-or Security Investigation Required.
  • You May be Required to Serve a Probationary Period.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.)
  • Education: 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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Licensure: 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.
  • Residency (Internship): Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was competed.
  • English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in both written and spoken English.


  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry.
  • Possess additional training and/or experience in Addiction Psychiatry or PTSD treatments.
  • Possess experience in Teaching and/or Research.
  • Possess a history of independent research with publications.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Resume Format: Please include information such as: the vacancy announcement number, position title and grade; how to contact you; descriptions of jobs held, including the name and full address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week, and supervisor's name and phone number; education, including name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned; and other information, such as possession of licenses, certificates, etc. Descriptions of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of the experience. Although not mandatory, if the position is (was) with the Federal government, either military or civilian, you should state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion.

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.

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 EDUCATION TO BE CONSIDERED, TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED. Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official copies will be required upon appointment. Transcripts must include degree received and date conferred.

Physical Requirements: The work requires exertions such as walking, standing, stooping, bending, and carrying light items in the direct care of patients.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in a setting involving regular and recurring exposure to infectious and contagious diseases, odors, and other risks which require special health and safety precautions.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your resume and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring manager for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

* 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.*

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Non Citizens

Control Number: 437030200

Job Announcement Number: DK-16-JM-1689190-OCA