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DSHS ESH Psychiatrist

at State of Washington

Pay: up to $265404/year
$265404 - $
Posted: 11/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2328035

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Eastern State Hospital (ESH) is hiring Psychiatrists to guide multi-disciplinary treatment teams dedicated to promoting recovery from behavioral health issues. Eastern State Hospital is a fully accredited, state-owned, 290 bed psychiatric inpatient hospital serving eastern Washington and is located near Spokane.

The opportunity
Psychiatrists provide psychiatric care to patients on three wards (Forensic Services Unit, Adult Psychiatric Unit, and Geropsychiatric Unit) and perform comprehensive diagnostic assessments of patients in order to create individual treatment plans. You will have the opportunity to work on some of the most complex cases and assist patients on their road to recovery.
Basic duties include certifying medical necessity of hospital level of care, prescribing and reviewing appropriate medication and treatment, performing ongoing assessments of the patient's response to treatments and developing and reviewing a release plan or justification for continued inpatient status.

The location
As an up and coming city, Spokane presents the ideal place to live, work, play, and be a part of a community. Spokane is a progressive city with outgoing and friendly people. Outdoor activities are especially plentiful given the area's natural beauty and its four seasons. No matter if you love the city life or nature, Spokane has it all.
A vibrant city, downtown Spokane is amongst the healthiest in the nation, exuding urban character and offering top-notch quality of life, such as affordable cost of living, five ski resorts within 1.5 hours of downtown, dozens of lakes within an hour of downtown, and hundreds within 2 hours, five universities and a lively arts, music, and theater scene
Compensation and benefits
The Department of Social and Health Services offers a competitive base salary starting at $265,404.00 along with 1.25 times regular pay for voluntary on-call, additional monthly pay for board certification, a superb benefits package, a relocation package and annual funding for continuing medical education. H1B/J1 visa candidates are encouraged to apply.
We can offer up to $50,000 in additional pay for board certification, new hire incentive, loan repayment offers, and continuing medical education as eligible.
As an employer, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) offers the following to medical professionals:

  • Relocation assistance
  • $10,000 for Board Certification
  • $10,000 incentive for psychiatrists newly hired to DSHS
  • Loan forgiveness program available up to $25,000 for qualifying employees
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision and pharmacy plans
  • $5,000 annual allowance for CME courses
  • Paid malpractice insurance
  • Eligible for benefits immediately
  • Deferred compensation program
  • Five-year retirement vestment
  • Career advancement
  • Optimal work/life balance
  • No mandatory call; 1.25 time's regular pay for voluntary on-call
  • Opportunity to work on complex cases

The credentials
  • A valid license to practice medicine and surgery in Washington State and eligibility for certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Strong psychopharmacology skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals are essential.

You may confidentially apply by emailing your resume or CV to Anthony Distefano at or call me at (360) 725-5825.

Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protect­ed veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.


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