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Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
Visas Accepted:J1/H1
Opportunity Description:

The Tuscaloosa, Alabama VA Medical Center is searching for a BE/BC Psychiatrist (Geriatric or Addiction Psychiatrist preferred)  to join their dynamic healthcare team.

Graduating psychiatry residents and board eligible psychiatrists may also apply.  

 The target patient population will include those veterans who have a high use of VA psychiatric inpatient resources or who have severe functional impairment or are inadequately served by conventional treatments, as well as veterans who are frequent users of emergency or crisis services; and who have a diagnosis of serious mental illness with or without secondary substance abuse. 

TVAMC services central and northern Alabama veterans with 73 psychiatric beds, integrated PTSD/addictions intensive outpatient programs, comprehensive outpatient services and co-occurring disorders with other serious mental illness.

Work hours: 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday

Call: POD once a month

Work Volume: Outpatient:8-10/day, Inpatient Acute:13 - 14/day, Residential Care:Consultant for 60 - 70/on as needed basis

Salary Range: $190k-$264k per year

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is approved for this position

Selected candidate may be eligible for student loan repayment thru the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Participation is based on funds availability.


Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens) J1 Visa and H1B Visa holders will be considered on a case by case basis. Green card holders will be considered.

Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant.

Licensure. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Board Certification (highly preferred). Board certified/board eligible in Geriatric or Addiction Psychiatry is preferred but not required.

Residency/Fellowship. Physicians must have completed residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. Geriatric or Addiction Fellowship is preferred.

 Physical Standards. Must pass a pre-employment examination

 English Language Proficiency. Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required.

Practice Type: Employee
Available Date:
Signing bonus:Available
Vacation (weeks/details):26 days per year Malpractice:Covered by VA
Facility Description:

The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (TVAMC) is located in West Alabama, where the facility is situated on a beautiful campus of 125 acres with 25 major buildings. TVAMC provides primary care, long-term health care, rehabilitative care, and mental health care services to eligible Veterans in VISN 7.  The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center provides access to secondary and tertiary care services.


Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center has active affiliations with the University of Alabama School of Medicine at both Tuscaloosa and Birmingham campuses. Over 200 University residents interns and students are trained at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center each year. There are nursing student affiliations with the University of Alabama, University of Alabama Birmingham, University of South Alabama, Samford University, Shelton State Community College, Lawson State University, Mississippi University for Women, Wallace State Community College and Jacksonville State University. The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center also has affiliations with the University of Illinois College of Optometry, University of Alabama School of Optometry,  Southern College of Optometry, Samford University School of Pharmacy, Auburn University School of Pharmacy, Auburn University School of Speech, University of Montevallo School of Speech and Audiology, University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry, University of Alabama School of Social Work and the University of Florida School of Social Work.

The facility also has affiliations with numerous colleges and universities for the schools of Business Administration, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Recreational Therapy and Office Administration.

Type of Facility

Long term, mental health, physical rehabilation and outpatient primary care services.

Special Programs

Primary Care Services (Outpatient)
Women's Health and Mammography
Geriatric and Extended Care Services
Rehabilitation Services
Skilled Nursing Home
Dementia program
Home and Community Programs
Inpatient Mental Health Services
Acute, Sustained Treatment and Rehab (STAR)
Outpatient Mental Health Services
Substance Use Disorders
Dual Diagnosis
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Program
Mental Health Intensive Case Management
Health Care for Homeless Veterans
Partial Hospitalization
Community Residential Care
Vocational Rehabilitation
Residential Programs
 - Substance Abuse (SARRTP - 21 beds)
 - PTSD (PRRP - 15 beds)
- Compensated Work Therapy Transitional Residence (CWT-TR 12 beds)
 - Homeless Domiciliary (DRRTP - 48 beds)

Community Description:

Tuscaloosa, the largest city in western Alabama, is located 45 miles from Birmingham (the largest city in Alabama) and 225 miles from Alabama and Florida’s beautiful beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. The climate of western Alabama is very pleasant; the average annual temperature is 65 degrees. This climate supports nearly year-round activities such as fishing, gardening, and year-round golf and tennis.

The Tuscaloosa community has a major medical center; public and private schools with outstanding academic and athletic programs; affordable housing; extremely low property taxes; and a wide range of professional, social and leisure activities. Tuscaloosa is also the home of the 2009 NCAA Football Champions, The University Of Alabama Crimson Tide. Tuscaloosa, made both strong and beautiful by its diversity, offers culture, and a healthy coming together of races, backgrounds, and beliefs.


Community Size:Small/Rural
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