The supervisor provides general professional, administrative and medical direction and outlines the general scope of professional services and administrative policies. Serves as an Expert in the field of Psychiatry and is expected to supervise and help physicians of lower grade level in the management of difficult or complex cases. Work is evaluated through professional discussions with, and review of medical records, by Chiefs of various clinical services and peer review and audit procedures established for psychiatric care at the institution serviced.
1. Employee performs duties as a Practitioner and Consultant in Psychiatry with emphasis on problems of all levels of complexity and must come to the position with knowledge and experience (ideally working with the military population) providing treatment services in any capacity including, but not limited to, inpatient service, partial hospitalization service, intensive outpatient services, routine outpatient services, consultation liaison services and must be well-versed to transition to any area as required. Treatments require very advanced knowledge and/or skill and selection from a variety of alternatives. Incumbent makes recommendations on major diagnostics and treatment plans. Employee provides continuing follow-up care for chronic inpatients and outpatients with acute disorders and complications of these disorders, such as psychosis, organic brain syndrome, substance abuse/addictions, etc. and provides psychiatric care for walk-in patients presenting with acute illnesses of minor and major proportions. The employee is expected to exercise initiative and sound judgment in establishing evaluation techniques, developing treatment and rehabilitation plans and providing appropriate therapeutic treatment services. Examines and conducts thorough studies of presenting patients and evaluates laboratory and clinical findings, prescribing appropriate treatment or referring patient to appropriate specialty clinics. Incumbent collaborates with physicians in other medical specialties on cases involving complicated and multifaceted problems and provides professional consultation, supervision, and collaborative medical support to other professional staff such as psychologists, advanced practical nurses, social workers, as well as military specific liaison work with commanders. Employee may be assigned to be the prescribing team member for a way of delivering BH health care in a forward location within the footprint of a supported FORSCOM unit. This type of BH delivery consists of consultation with operational unit leaders, endeavors to identify Soldiers with BH issues early in the course of their psychopathology and provides appropriate treatment and recommendations for disposition, such as medical retirement or administrative separation. The cases assigned to the incumbent would be higher levels of complexity to include PTSD, psychosis, bipolar, etc.
2. Incumbent directs Quality Assurance studies within his/her area of responsibility and makes decisions that have a serious impact on the lives of others, such as recommending hospitalization or determining a service member's fitness for duty or assessing and completing Medical Evaluation Board (MEB), Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL) evaluations, psychological autopsies, sanity boards, command consultations, and other administrative processes as required and prepares reports of such evaluations according to applicable regulations. Identifies patient treatment needs and arranges for a safe therapeutic outcome. Incumbent accomplishes special program assignments such as training, program coordination, research, analysis, and consultation as required. Participates, supports, and assumes primary responsibility for specified assignments in Q.I. activities in the Psychiatry Service. Demonstrates an understanding of requirements and benefits of TRICARE and can effectively communicate these to beneficiaries. Prepares and maintains convenience file, outpatient medical record, and inpatient record documentation in accordance with service and hospital SOPs. Employee prepares case summaries and other correspondence in a timely and effective fashion.
3. Provides training to residents by giving lectures, demonstrations, and conducting ward rounds.
PERFORMS OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED.