Vanderbilt University Psychiatrist, University Counseling Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Psychiatrist, University Counseling Center (Job Number: 1800580)


Position Summary: Vanderbilt University has an exciting opportunity for a Psychiatrist in our University Counseling Center. In this role you will provide clinical assessment and evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients for short term and episodic care. The position includes psychiatric medication management, urgent psychiatric consultations and crisis intervention.

Characteristic duties include, but are notlimited to:

  • Evaluating and diagnosing students and post-doctoral fellows presentingmental health problems

  • Prescribing medication as needed and follows up on treatment toensure appropriate resolution of illness

  • Counseling students and post-docs on related medical/personalproblems and health measures

  • Referring to other professionals for treatment when appropriate,securing treatment for students requiring services beyond those provided by thecampus, and referring individuals to other members in the Student Care Networkas needed

  • Assisting in the psychiatric hospitalization of students whenappropriate

  • Providing crisis psychiatric evaluations.

About Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.

Key Functions and Expected Performance :

  • Performs procedures associated with psychiatry.

  • Provides direct patient service including new patient evaluation(emergent, urgent and routine), follow up care and case management as required,including consultation, and other services.

  • Provides Initial intake evaluation for patients referred to psychiatry.This includes an appropriate history, current medications, allergies, pertinentmedical and psychiatric history and an appropriate mental status and physicalexamination.

  • Formulates an appropriate initial mental health diagnosis, dispositionand treatment plan. This includes ordering and interpreting diagnostic test(s)as appropriate, recommending therapeutic treatment modalities (includingmedications), providing appropriate patient instruction and or referrals. Priormedical and/or mental health records from outside providers are requested asappropriate.

  • Collaborates with all members of the medical and mental health care teamand with members of the Student Network of Care.

  • Monitors changes in client mental illness, status, condition, ormedication side effects.

  • Consults with colleagues when appropriate.

  • Sees psychiatry patients requiring a higher degree of subject matterexpertise or primarily sees patients in a consultative basis in area ofspecialty.

  • Provides high quality psychiatry consultation regarding patientassessment and management for staff members in the University CounselingCenter. This may include identification and implementation of case managementstrategies, situation assessment and management (e.g. aberrant behavior), etc.Facilitation of care and appropriate disposition is emphasized.

  • Provides consultation and assistance to assure appropriate management ofcomplex cases. This may include assuming overall management of challengingclinical cases, complex family relationships or academic issues, aberrantbehavior or suicide prevention and response.

  • Maintains professional standards of documentation.

  • Documents presenting problem, history, examination, clinicalrecommendations and other patient contacts in the psychiatric record.

  • Ensures written chart notes are succinct, legible, accurate, andcompleted in a timely fashion.

  • Obtains and documents informed consent is obtained where applicable.

  • Documents medication allergies and side effects in an appropriatemanner.

  • Documents initial intake, closing summaries, referral forms, and otherrequired information in an appropriate manner.

  • Contributes to the mission of the UniversityCounseling Center.

  • Demonstrates a positive and constructive attitude that facilitates the goalsand mission of UCC

  • Adheres to principals of quality, and client oriented standards.

  • Demonstrates professionalism, courtesy, and sensitivity in allinteractions with clients and staff regardless of cultural, racial/ethnicbackground, sexual or gender orientation.

  • Refers administrative inquires, and/or client complaints/concerns toappropriate supervisors.

  • Maintains knowledge of client rights and responsibilities, andestablished rules of confidentiality and patient privacy.

  • Maintains psychiatric and medical record confidentiality.

  • Maintains an understanding of the social, cultural and environmentalcontext of health, including mental health on the college campus.

Supervisory Relationships :

This position does not have managerial supervisory responsibility; this position reports administratively to the Associate Director for Clinical Services at the University Counseling Center. This position may provide clinical supervision of nurse practitioners.

Experience and Education :

  • An M.D or D.O. degree is required.

  • A current Unrestricted Tennessee medical license is or the abilityto obtain an unrestricted Tennessee medical license by date of hire isrequired.

  • Completed accreditation in psychiatric residency training, acurrent unrestricted DEA Certificate, and board eligible/certified by theAmerican Board of Psychiatry & Neurology is required.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and culturalcompetence is necessary.

  • Ability to deal with patients in a safe, calm, and therapeuticmanner is necessary.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple job responsibilities, workindependently, and exercise good professional judgement is necessary.

  • Clear understanding and respect for the importance of maintainingpatient confidentiality is necessary.

  • Previous experience in a University Counseling Center isstrongly preferred.

  • Prior experience working with the college-age population ispreferred.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills and excellentinterpersonal skills is preferred.

  • Basic computer skills to include e-mail, Microsoft Word, andnavigating the Internet is preferred.

Benefits: In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nick Zeppos and Dean ofStudents Mark Bandas have identified diversity, equity, inclusion, and mentalhealth as top priorities for the institution and by extension the offices ofthe Dean of Students. Candidates must be able to articulateand demonstrate excellence and continued growth in knowledge, awareness,skills, and experience engaging with these priorities in a higher education environment.

Job requires Doctorate and 4 Years of experience or the equivalent.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 30100 - Dean of Students: Office of the Dean

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