The Mental Health Service Line provides care in several psychiatric settings: inpatient units, ambulatory programs, residential program for substance abuse, residential program for PTSD, emergency department, medical-surgical ward psychiatric consultation and geriatrics with extended programs. Psychiatrists assigned to the Mental Health Service Line are expected to provide psychiatric care in those settings as required. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Application of accepted protocols for assessment of the individual presenting with altered mental status. Assessment may include gathering verbal and documented history, mental status examination and medical and laboratory evaluation. Diagnostic description or formulation to guide appropriate acute and secondary treatment interventions. Provision of psychiatric care according to his/her privileges. Staff psychiatrists are ultimately responsible for all aspects of psychiatric care. During on-call hours, staff psychiatrists shall be available for all emergency psychiatric interventions. Staff psychiatrists provide or assist residents and/or the nurse practitioner in the process of evaluation and treatment of the psychiatric patient, and actively participate in corrective actions against untoward responses to psychiatric interventions. Staff psychiatrists evaluate the patient to assess changes in the physical and mental status. A progress note is written in the patient's chart. Notes also include the concurrence with notes written by the resident and attending notes as appropriate. Staff psychiatrists perform inpatient psychiatry evaluations, and outpatient psychiatry evaluations and treatment as the team leader. Staff psychiatrists are appropriately credentialed and privileged. They may participate in various hospital committees, departmental and hospital in-service programs, and education programs of the department and the hospital. They are also involved in continuous quality improvement through peer review process Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am -4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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