Psychiatry & Neurology
The VA Northern California Health Care System is currently recruiting a full-time, board prepared/board certified Psychiatrist in the Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at the Chico VA Outpatient Clinic in Chico, CA . The Psychiatrist conducts history, mental status exams, and occasional brief physical exams; completes assessments and formulates diagnosis; develops treatment plans; and orders labs and/or radiological assessments for a wide variety of mental disorders, through a multidisciplinary team approach. The psychiatrist is responsible for the medication management for 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.
Interested applicants may also be considered for the clinic manager position of the Chico and Yuba City mental health clinics. The position is 20% administrative, involves the supervision of a total of 13 employees, and reports to the associate chief of staff for mental health of the Northern California Health Care System. The manager oversees the operation of the mental health clinics; everyday tasks include such things as assignments of consults to the service, approval of leave requests, implementing department policies, and occasional data gathering. He or she participates in the hiring of new employees, writes performance evaluations, and assists in writing position descriptions. As part of both the local Chico management council as well as the NCHCS mental health leadership, opportunities are available for participation in committees and other projects.
Work Schedule: Full-time (Alternate Tour of duty may be required to include evening hours and weekends).
On Call: No
Rotating Shifts: No
Required to work holidays or weekends: NO
The city of Chico, CA embodies a combination of urban and rural assets that make it a destination place to live work and play. The local university and community college make Chico a learning community with a rich culture and young spirit inspiring creativity and critical thinking. With an average of 172 days of sun, there is plenty of time to enjoy the area's beautiful natural setting with parks, rivers, and rural settings where you can hike, ski, boat, hunt and fish. Chico is an affordable place to raise your family without compromising on the factors important to your family. There is a strong school system, well-regarded medical community, and a high level of public safety. With a 12-minute average commute time, work is not something you go away to – it's part of your lifestyle.
• Competitive salary and annual performance bonus!
• Guaranteed salary increases!
• Full benefits (see below)
• Licensure: 1 Full and unrestricted license from any US State is
permissible to work at these facilities
• CME benefits
• Malpractice: free liability protection with tail coverage provided
• No Physician Employment Contracts!
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.
In addition to competitive pay and liability protection, the VA also offers
a robust benefits plan that includes:
Paid Time Off:
• 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave – you can carry over up to
86 days into a new year
• 13 Days paid sick leave per year with unlimited carry over! Unused sick
leave can be used to extend creditable service time at retirement!
• 10 Federal holidays with pay
• Possible 5 Days paid Authorized Absence to attend CME
• Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health
insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA)
• Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and
dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
• VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which
allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision
care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
• Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available
with the cost shared by the Federal Government.
• Long-term care insurance is available as an option
Federal Retirement Plan:
• VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System
(FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social
Security benefits; 2) FERS-FRAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift
Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
• How is the pension funded? VA employees hired after January 1, 2014
automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA
contributes 8.3% of the employee's salary each pay period for a total annual
contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee's salary
• Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private
sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each
year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For
calendar year 2016, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to
$18,000, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions
that allow them to defer up to $24,000
• The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1%
of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on
the amount of the employee contribution
• For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full
monthly retirement pay or pension
• In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for
• Disability Retirement
• Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years' service