At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.
University Health Services (UHS) serves the UC Berkeley campus by providing comprehensive health center with fully accredited primary medical care, counseling and psychological services, psychiatry and innovative health promotion programs for students, faculty and staff. UHS provides on-campus medical and mental health care and coordinates off-campus care through a network of community specialists and hospitals. Departments serving students include general medical, specialty and urgent care clinics, counseling and psychological services, laboratory, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology and health promotion. In addition, UHS administers a major medical insurance plan (The Student Health Insurance Plan).
Patient Care The Psychiatrist provides direct patient service including new patient evaluation (emergent, urgent and routine), follow-up care and case management as required. This includes the following:
Initial intake evaluation for patients referred to psychiatry. An appropriate intake includes the reason for referral, history of present illness, pertinent medical and psychiatric histories, current medications, allergies, trauma and violence histories, substance use history, other pertinent psychosocial history and an appropriate mental status and physical examination.
Initial evaluation includes formulation based on information obtained in the first appointment, mental health differential diagnosis, treatment plan, and disposition. The treatment plan includes ordering and interpreting diagnostic test(s) as appropriate, recommending therapeutic treatment modalities (including medications), obtaining informed consent prior to initiating treatment(s), providing appropriate psychoeducation, and providing referrals as appropriate. Prior medical and/or mental health records from outside providers will be requested as appropriate.
Collaboration with all members of the medical and mental health care team throughout treatment.
Monitoring of changes in client's symptoms, mental status, and/or condition and medication side effects as appropriate.
Changes to treatment plan as appropriate.
Requests consultation with colleagues when appropriate.
Collaboration and Consultation The Psychiatrist collaborates in relation to providing direct patient care as above, and acts as a consultant in area of expertise to various clinical disciplines at UHS and the campus at large in the following manner:
In regard to direct patient care, the Psychiatrist collaborates with all members of the patient care team and consults with colleagues when appropriate (as above)
The incumbent provides expert psychiatry consultation regarding patient assessment and management when requested by any staff member in Clinical Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Social Services, and other UHS staff, as needed.
The Psychiatrist may provide consultation or information in regard to area of expertise to a campus group for the purposes of crisis intervention or education.
Administrative Maintains professional standards of documentation:
An initial intake (as specified above), follow-up appointments, any other patient or third-party contacts, consultations, termination summaries and all other pertinent and required patient-specific information are documented appropriately in the psychiatric record.
Chart notes are succinct and accurate and completed in a timely fashion in the Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Charting reflects the process of care, patient progress and current mental status.
Informed consent is obtained and documented where applicable.
Medication allergies and side effects are documented appropriately and kept up to date.
Reviews requests for medical records:
The Psychiatrist provides clinical analysis and input as needed to review outside requests for UHS psychiatry records
Organizational Responsibilities The Psychiatrist conducts all activities with the mission and goals of CAPS, UHS and the campus in mind:
Adheres to principles of quality, customer oriented standards.
Demonstrates professionalism, courtesy, and sensitivity in all interactions with patients and staff.
Maintains an understanding of the social, cultural and environmental context of health, including mental health on the college campus.
Participate constructively in staff meetings.
When assigned, actively participates on UHS committees and/or the development of new programs/ideas.
Documents and refers administrative inquiries, patient complaints/concerns to appropriate supervisors.
Is knowledgeable of patient rights and responsibilities, rules of confidentiality and patient privacy.
Readily accepts additional responsibility including assisting with unit operations when requested.
Maintains patient records appropriately including confidentiality and completeness of notes. This includes written and electronic records.
Is knowledgeable of UHS and campus departments, services, locations
Is knowledgeable of operational, administrative, business, and personnel policies.
Works collaboratively with University Health Services staff.
Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability as health care practices and related technology change.
Other duties as assigned.
Must have effective diagnostic and decision making skills in area of specialty/expertise.
Experience in the assessment of and ability to work with high risk populations, including severe and complex mental health concerns.
Working knowledge of college developmental and mental health issues including dual diagnoses.
Experience working with and commitment to addressing the needs of multicultural and marginalized populations.
Effective verbal and presentation skills.
Working knowledge of applicable laws and standards of professional conduct.
Expertise working in a collaborative manner with diverse patient groups, medical and mental health staff, and community partners.
Effective skills in communication, coordination and consultation.
Successful completion of Psychiatry Residency at an ACGME accredited program.
Significant clinical experience in outpatient Psychiatry.
Licenses or certifications, if any:
Active, unrestricted and valid California Medical License.
Active DEA registration in order to prescribe Schedule II - V medications.
Current board certification or board exam eligibility in Psychiatry.
Active Basic Life Support certification.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Employment is contingent on successful completion of: Background Check, Acceptable Medical Evaluation that includes infectious disease surveillance and proof of current required vaccinations or immunity levels, and successful credentials verification (if applicable).
Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.