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Staff Psychiatrist

Location: 1525
Department: Behavioral Health
Job Code: 567
Pay range: $190,000 to $237,000
Employment duration: Full time
# of openings: 1


About Whitman-Walker Health

At Whitman-Walker, our commitment to “Community, Caring and Quality” really shines through! Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care. We offer a full line of healthcare services including: (1) comprehensive outpatient offerings for medical and dental healthcare; (2) an on-site Pharmacy; (3) legal support in the areas of access to health care, public benefits and private insurance, discrimination and workplace rights, immigration, transgender rights and others; (4) behavioral healthcare provided through individual and group therapy; and (5) confidential and anonymous HIV testing and counseling services.

Job Summary
As a member of the department of behavioral health team, the psychiatrist will provide psychiatric services to adults experiencing mental illness, substance abuse or co-occurring disorders in an integrated care, community health center. The psychiatrist will provide direct services to patient consumers of the health center in the form of psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric consultation, treatment planning, mental status assessments, supportive therapy and crisis intervention. A primary responsibility will also include prescribing and managing psychotropic medication.

Primary Essential Duties

  • Completes psychiatric evaluation within 2 business days.
  • Prescribes psychotropic medication in the management of patient psychiatric conditions as needed.
  • Organizes information/date concerning patient’s family, medical history, and onset of symptoms obtained from patients, relatives, and other sources, such as behavioral health staff members, medical staff members, etc.
  • Orders laboratory and special diagnostic test and evaluate information obtained.
  • Evaluates all available clinical data (including laboratory and other diagnostic reports) pertaining to clients physiological status prior to initiating psychopharmacological interventions.
  • Reviews and follows up on treatment(s) ordered by other physicians as appropriate in the coordination of patient care.
  • Participates in individual plan of service for each client assigned, with special attention to all medical aspects of the plan.
  • Documents client's progress in progress notes after each visit.
  • Explains medication effects and side-effects to clients and/or caregivers with review of the Patient Medication Information (PMI) for each medication.
  • Reviews all non-psychiatric medical orders and prescriptions as appropriate in the coordination of patient care.
  • Recommends non-prescription, first aid, drugs (i.e. analgesics, antipyretics) as needed.
  • Assists in crisis intervention as needed
  • Consults and advises behavioral health staff members as needed.
  • May be asked to provide psychiatric services at either of the Whitman-Walker sites.

Budget Responsibilities

Management Responsibilities

Knowledge, Skills, and Talents Required

  • Ability to read, analyzes, and interprets general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures.
  • Ability to read, analyzes, and interprets lab results and reports.
  •  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, staff members, clients and public groups.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables
  • Experience working with diverse populations to include gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender as well as those living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Knowledge and experience of substance use disorders and treatment.

Education and Experience Required

  • M.D. or D.O. Degree; Board Eligible or Board Certified Psychiatrist. Professional experience of 3 years; experience in community field work desirable.
  • Must hold a valid DC license to practice
  • Must have and maintain a current Controlled Substances Registration Certificate from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
  • Must have and maintain a current Physician License and Controlled Substance License from DC
  • Possess or be willing to obtain a DATA Waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.

Working Conditions:
Working conditions for this position are normal for an office environment. Individual may be required to work evenings and / or weekends and organization events.

Physical Demands:

  • Lifting: No more than 20 lbs. and infrequently.
  • Movement: Standing and sitting for long periods.
  • Visual: Long periods on computer.
  • Concentration: Extended periods of engagement with computer systems where concentration is key to accuracy in data entry. Intermittent periods of engagement with a telephone system to respond to inquiries where concentration is key to task performance.
  • Communication: Direct and indirect communication. Written and verbal competency.

The above job description is designed to indicate a general sense of the duties and expectations of this position. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required. As the nature of our business demands change, so too, may the duties and responsibilities of this position. You may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.

Whitman-Walker is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants, its employees or former employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and gender identity. For accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources

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