Job Series Number: 0602
Psychiatrists (Medical Officers) perform all duties in accordance with currently acceptable medical practices and procedures and local/national health services policies. They are responsible for meeting the health needs (both physical and/or mental) of the inmates assigned to his/her caseload. In addition, they:
- provide psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and programs for patients suspected of having mental disorders
- develop the master treatment plan and or mental health component of the ambulatory treatment plan and subsequent reviews for patients under his/her care
- assume direct responsibility for the continuity of psychiatric care given to the patients assigned to his/her caseload
- assist with training for mid-level practitioners, nursing staff, support services personnel, and peer professional staff as needed
- provide appropriate instruction to institutional personnel in matters relating to mental health
- maintain an optimal therapeutic environment for the rehabilitation of the criminal offender
- collect a comprehensive medical, social, and psychiatric history (in a forensic setting) to be included in the psychiatric report
Pay Levels GS-13, GS-15
For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.
For consideration at the GS-13 level
- Experience monitoring and evaluating quality of patient care, providing data to and securing data from other agencies or committees as required.
- Experience developing master treatment plans and subsequent reviews for patients under his/her care and is directly responsible for the continuity of psychiatric care.
- Experience ensuring all court directed evaluations and reports are carried out within the established guidelines of the courts.
For consideration at the GS-14 level
- Experience in providing inpatients and outpatients medical care in all aspects of health care delivery in accordance with current accepted medical practice and procedures.
- Experience in providing physical examinations, physical assessment in correlation with historical findings, records preliminary objective findings.
- Experience in providing treatment, emergency medical/surgical services as required, treat severe trauma cases rehabilitative, diagnostic modalities and prescribing medication.
For consideration at the GS-15 level
- Experience monitoring and evaluating quality of patient care, providing data to and securing data from the Quality Assurance Committee and other agencies or committees as required.
- Experience making recommendations on matters of policy, procedures, training, personnel, and equipment as related to specific area of responsibility and expertise.
We are hiring for this position at many locations across the country.
Normally when a vacancy is announced, it's for a job opening at a specific location. However, because this position is in high demand it's considered an "open-continuous" announcement. That means you get to choose your top two facilities that you want to work at. Here's how it works:
Apply for this position using the usajobs.gov website as you would do with any other
Psychiatrist Open-Continuous Announcement
Select any two locations that you want to work at.
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- After your application is accepted, you will be added to a standing register of qualified candidates.
- When a position becomes available at one of the facilities that you selected, you will be considered for that position, and if you are selected we will contact you with an offer.
It's that simple!
The Bureau of Prisons is a unique place to practice medicine, and the need for physicians to care for the aging and increasingly medically and psychiatrically complex inmate population creates endless opportunities for career advancement. Working for the agency affords a competitive salary with excellent benefits, including potential for loan repayment and retirement eligibility after twenty years of service. I highly recommend the Bureau of Prisons as a career opportunity to other healthcare professionals."
Internal Medicine and Psychiatry
Bureau of Prisons, FMC Butner
Join the leader in Correctional Health Care
We value your unique contribution to our collaborative team medicine approach of providing health care. Come and experience a level of clinical diversity and continuity of care not commonly available in the private sector.
- A supportive, safe, and secure environment with opportunity for growth and advancement.
- A competitive federal government salary and benefits, including health care and retirement.
- Potential for loan repayment.
- Potential for recruitment incentives.
- Flexible work options.