JOB: VA Mental Health Clinic Medical Director, Denver, CO

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    Allison Primack
    Job ID: 9594051
    Position Title: Mental Health Clinic Medical Director
    Company Name: Department of Veterans Affairs
    Job Function: Medical
    Location(s): Denver, Colorado, United States
    Posted: February 15, 2012
    Entry Level: No
    Job Type: Full-Time
    Min Education: Ph.D.
    Min Experience: 3-5 Years

    Job Description

    Quality Care Our Heroes Deserve

    Now is the time to take your career to the next level and become part of the high-caliber talent that is VA. Experience what 250,000 current VA employees already have ?state-of-the art practice settings, access to the latest technology, a multi-disciplinary team environment and the opportunity to provide the men and women who have bravely served this country with the finest patient care, benefits and customer satisfaction. And with VA Patient Satisfaction Scores leading the healthcare industry, you?ll be joining one of the most respected facilities in the Nation.

    The Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Denver, Colorado is seeking a full-time board-certified/board eligible Psychiatrist to be the Mental Health Clinic Medical Director. A well rounded Psychiatrist, interested in a Clinical as well as Management position in Psychiatry.

    Mental Health Service

    Denver VA Medical Center

    Medical Director, MHC (Mental Health Clinic)

    The Mental Health Clinic (MHC) of the Denver VA Medical Center is our primary mental health outpatient treatment team and also includes our Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES). We have a multidisciplinary staff with approximately 50 FTEE plus another 3.0 FTEE covering our Lakewood and Aurora CBOCs (Community Based Outpatient Clinics).

    The MHC Medical Director provides leadership of the clinic and PES, along with our full-time MHC Administrative Director. The MHC Medical Director and Administrative Director will both report to our Mental Health Outpatient Director. The Medical Director is a full time supervisory psychiatrist position, with 0.5 FTEE devoted to administrative and teaching duties and 0.5 FTEE devoted to clinical care, with some option for academic research time for suitable candidates. This is in alignment with the Department of Veterans Administration health care mission of excellent clinical care, teaching, and research. The MHC Medical Director is a new position designed to improve our administrative oversight and support of the clinic as it reorganizes from two teams back to 3 teams plus PES. This reorganization is being designed to help us more efficiently and effectively treat our growing Veteran population.

    The Denver VAMC in the Eastern Colorado Health Care System is an affiliate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The Medical Director, MHC will be a VA faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

    The Medical Director specific duties include:

    Clinical Administrative duties: 0.3 FTEE

    • Administration of clinical care that requires psychiatric oversight by a physician
    • Direct supervision of MHC, PES, Behavioral Health Lab (BHL) and Aurora and Lakewood CBOC psychiatrists (currently 10.35 FTEE)
    • Participation in staff psychiatrist and other position hires, planning
    • Shared oversight of outpatient clinical performance measures
    • Outpatient MH prescriber Professional Practice Evaluation review
    • Interface with other clinical services
    • Interface with rest of outpatient, residential, and inpatient psychiatric services
    • Back-up and cross coverage for MHC Administrative Director, MH Outpatient Director, Chief Mental Health Service
    • Mental Health Executive Board member
    • System wide committees as agreed upon

    Academic and Teaching Administrative duties: 0.2 FTEE

    • Work with Associate Residency Training Director for VA on MHC, PES, BHL resident training programs including VA Chief Resident and expansion of evidence-based psychotherapies training
    • Work with teaching attendings for medical student rotations
    • Membership in Department of Psychiatry residency and medical student committees as agreed upon
    • Direct supervision and training of psychiatry residents and medical students as agreed upon
    • Complex case reviews
    • Mentoring of junior faculty as agreed upon

    Clinical Direct Care duties: as agreed upon- 0.5 FTE

    Practice evidence-based medicine in a high-tech environment without the hassles of high malpractice premiums and associated overhead costs.

    Typical workweek is 40 hours, Monday Friday.

    The VHA offers an attractive comprehensive compensation package that includes professional development and work life balance.

    With 10 Federal Holidays, 26 work days of annual leave and robust federal benefits.

    Your current unrestricted license in any state allows you to practice anywhere in the VHA

    Salary is determined by a Physician Compensation Panel based on Qualifications, Education and Experience.

    If you would be interested in exploring a practice in the VHA, please feel free to email your CV and any questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to contact me. It would be my pleasure to assist you. Please explore our Physician benefits by clicking the link below:

    Contact Tim Blakney via email at [email protected] VA.GOV or by phone at 303-639-7015


    The Denver VA Medical Center is part of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, which also includes two Nursing Home Care Units and nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The Medical Center is affiliated with Medical, Pharmacy, and Nursing Schools of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Regis University, CCD, Front Range, and Arapahoe Vocational. We are proud to have the honor for caring for our nations Veterans. As a teaching hospital, the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System provides a full range of services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.

    Academic Partners

    The Eastern Colorado Healthcare System is primarily affiliated with theUniversity of Colorado Denver health sciences programs*. We offer residency training in all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Associated Health Training is offered in nursing, psychology, audiology, social work, dietetics, and pharmacy. Each year, ECHCS supports the training of over 120 residents. In addition, approximately 450 medical students rotate through the facility for their clinical experiences. The education department coordinates the rotation of over 370 nursing students from local schools (UCHSC, Regis, CCD, Front Range, and Arapahoe Vocational). The medical center also provides training opportunities for paraprofessional and allied health students and is affiliated with 20 academic institutions, providing training in several different services.

    Its no accident that Denver is called “the Mile High City”: When you climb up to the State Capitol, youre precisely 5,280 feet above sea level when you reach the 13th step. Denvers location at this altitude was purely coincidental; Denver is one of the few cities not built on an ocean, a lake, a navigable river, or even (at the time) an existing road or railroad.

    The U.S. Mint, built in 1906, established Denver as a banking and financial center.

    In the years following World War II, Denver mushroomed to become the largest city between the Great Plains and the Pacific Coast, with almost 600,000 residents within the city limits and over three million in the metropolitan area. It remains a growing city, with a booming downtown and suburbs. Denver is noted for its tree-lined boulevards, 200 city parks that cover more than 20,000 acres, and architecture ranging from Victorian to postmodern.

    Contact Tim Blakney via email at [email protected] or by phone at 303-639-7015

    Bring your expertise to VA and be valued as part of a team that is recognized and respected for significant contributions to medicine. You?ll enjoy a patient-focused environment, terrific benefits and incentives, and the ability to practice at any VA facility in the country.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Job Requirements

    Any State License


    Contact Person: Tim Blakney
    Email Address: [email protected]

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