Job ID: 289859586  |  Last Updated: 9/10/2021

Psychiatrist - Lakewood, WA

Western State Hospital
Lakewood, WA
Applicant Contact
Anthony Distefano

Job Description

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
Employee legal representation and/or indemnification
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

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