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MD/DO - Psychiatrist
Ref No.: 16-00073
Category: Physicians
Location: Austin, Texas
Start Date: 07/06/2016
MD/DO - Psychiatrist
"Keep Austin Weird” - A sense of place and creative resistance
 
The Community - Austin, TX
Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, the Lone Star State. The city dates back to the 1830s, when the first Anglo-American settlers arrived in the area, then part of Mexico. In 1837, settlers founded the village of Waterloo on the banks of the Colorado River, the first permanent settlement in the area. By 1839, Waterloo would adopt the name Austin and the frontier town would become the capital of the Republic of Texas. The City is named for Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas.”
 
Job Description (includes but is not limited to):
The staff psychiatrist performs highly advanced psychiatric and/or managerial work. Work involves directing psychiatric activities; monitoring trends and activities; making recommendations for improvement as appropriate; diagnosing and treating individuals; and administering specialized psychiatric treatments and/or procedures. The staff psychiatrist is responsible for knowing and following pertinent rules and regulations found in the Texas Administrative Code, ICF policies, and local policy. The staff Psychiatrist serves as a consultant to the patient's personal support team and provides guidance to treatment team members regarding the treatment of the patients under their care. May plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of other i.e. Psychiatric NP's and or PA's. Works under general direction with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
  • Develop, implement, organize and provide guidance in the area of Psychiatric Services following policies and procedures as it relates to the client requesting care, state and federal rules and regulations, and ICF-IID standards in order to provide quality psychiatric services and care to individuals served Conduct psychiatric clinics as scheduled and psychiatric reviews as requested by the Interdisciplinary Teams (IDTs).
  • Ensure that each individual is being treated with the most effective medication and the most effective dosage. Communicate recommendations to family members as requested. Document all deliberations.
  • Work with IDTs, psychologists, and other interested persons to develop effective behavioral interventions and to identify environmental factors that may impact psychiatric care. 
  • Participates in restraint reduction efforts by assisting in the coordination of medication and behavior therapy.
  • Provide staff training as requested including, but not limited to new employee orientation, training for professional staff, training for direct contact staff, and training for families Provides individual or group therapy as requested.
  • Provides consultation with other facilities and Management Support & Oversight staff as requested.
  • Participate in mandatory training in order to ensure competency and development.
  • Participate in various committees that may include Medical Services Division, Pharmacy, Therapeutics, Admission Review, Clinical Death Review, and Administrative Death Review in accordance with established policy and procedures. 
  • Maintain open and regular communication with the IDT and other staff to ensure the transfer of needed information and continuity of services.
  • Knowledge of methods and procedures in the field of general medicine; and of principles of the development, implementation, and documentation of individualized care and treatment plans.
  • Exercise skill in the care and treatment of patients; in the use of medical and psychiatric diagnostic and treatment tools and equipment; and in conducing psychiatric research when necessary. Ability to plan, assigns, and/or supervises the work of others.
  • Ability to direct psychiatric activities; to examine, diagnose, and treat mental disorders; to interpret psychological diagnoses and analyses; develop policies and procedures; and to prepare and supervise the preparation of case histories and medical records.
  • Ability to assess, diagnoses, and prescribe/supervise treatment to assigned patients while conforming to local policy, Texas Administrative Code, and applicable laws to decrease psychiatric symptoms/disorders.
  • Ability to solve medically difficult issues by considering opinions of consultants and/or appropriate literature including accepted guidelines such as TIMA, or other published algorithms.
  • Ability to work with the Interdisciplinary Team by facilitating a unified, effective team approach using the expertise of all team members in order to assure high quality patient care.
  • Understands principles of behavior treatment.
  • Knowledge of the state formulary guidelines for maximum doses, and if exceeded, provides detailed documentation of exception, ensuring efficacy, safety, and tolerance.
  • Ability to participate with other Psychiatric staff to provide continuous quality improvement and to promote quality care by adhering to the plan of improvement and state Initiatives.
  • Ability to avoid "polypharmacy” and to justify and document when use is necessary.
  • Ability to participate in annual training as well as any other required specific training in order to assure up to date skills and knowledge in required areas (i.e. CPR; PMAB-; Refresher Orientation, etc.).
Qualifications
  • Current, active, unencumbered Texas Medical License.
  • Current, active DEA Certificate.
  • Must possess Professional Liability Insurance.
  • Have and maintain current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) by the American Heart Association.
  • Minimum of one year of experience within the last three years.
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