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DSHS WSH Psychiatrist

at State of Washington

Pay: up to $265404/year
$265404 - $
Posted: 11/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2308382

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DSHS Psychiatrist
Application review begins immediately.
Western State Hospital (WSH) in Lakewood, Washington is in immediate need of Psychiatrists to guide multi-disciplinary inpatient treatment teams on wards dedicated to general adult, geriatric and forensic populations. Strong psychopharmacology skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals are essential. WSH is one of the largest psychiatric hospitals west of the Mississippi River with over 800 beds and about 2500 full-time staff.
Western State Hospital is a psychiatric hospital serving western Washington that provides evaluation and inpatient treatment for adults with serious or long-term behavioral health issues. Psychiatrists provide specialized care to patients on wards in the Center for Forensic Services, on civil admission wards and on longer-term civil wards for non-geriatric and geriatric adults.
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.
We are most interested in applicants who meet the following desirable qualifications:

  • A valid license to practice medicine and surgery in Washington State and successful completion of ACGME approved residency in Psychiatry.
  • Strong psychopharmacology skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals are essential.
  • H1B/J1 Visa candidates are encouraged to apply.
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
Application Process:
Applicants may confidentially apply for this opening by attaching a resume or CV and a letter of interest, or email all documents to Anthony Distefano at or contact me at (360) 725-5825. Please refer to #00050

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 & 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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