Medical Director, Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Service

Institution name:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Boston, MA, United States, 02115


The Division of General Medicine, Section of Palliative Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, Massachusetts is recruiting a board-certified Hospice Palliative Medicine (HPM) physician to help lead the inpatient service of our growing palliative care program, which is launching a new initiative to enhance the integration and delivery of palliative care to hospitalized oncology patients.

This individual will join a mature inter-disciplinary team that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and a chaplain. The team works closely with Hematology-Oncology, Hospital Medicine, the Internal Medicine residency and the Pain Service in providing clinical care as well as education. The consultation service has been providing clinical care and bedside education to medical house staff for over 10 years and has staffed an interdisciplinary clinic for over 5 years. BIDMC, in conjunction with the Boston Veterans’ Administration Hospital and Hebrew Rehabilitation Centre, hosts a HPM fellowship, which accepts two fellows each year.

In addition to inpatient clinical service, this individual will be responsible for directing inpatient clinical functions on the Palliative Care Consult service and be accountable for the day-to-day operations of the service. In this role, under the supervision of the Section Chief, the goal of the Inpatient Medical Director is to facilitate a practice environment that optimizes patient and family-focused care and promotes clinician wellness.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks
- Sets expectations and has accountability for maintaining clinical service standards, ensuring the delivery of high quality of palliative care.
- Structures all aspects of inpatient palliative care clinical service, including interdisciplinary team rounds, clinical meetings, administrative meetings, and relevant program activities to maintain the clinical aspects of program operations.
- With clinical and operational leadership, builds and implements a staffing plan that ensures safe, appropriate staffing for all personnel on the Palliative Care Consult Service, including physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains.
- Oversees the schedule for the inpatient service
- Facilitates constructive team dynamic to support efficient functioning of the program
- Provides feedback on the clinical strengths and weaknesses of individual team members, including the efficacy, effectiveness, and efficiency of the performance of all personnel with respect to clinical expertise in specialty palliative care
- Oversees the inpatient palliative care nurse coordinator
- Leads and participates in clinical redesign and improvement teams to facilitate advancing clinical practice of patient care and assure adequate resources for clinical and educational support for palliative care of patients and families.
- Implements strategies to support clinicians struggling to meet service standards

Additional Duties
- Assists in the development, implementation and monitoring of clinical guidelines and protocols (e.g. palliative sedation; comfort care guidelines; inpatient opioid prescribing)

- Collaborates with the interdisciplinary leadership team in planning, implementing, and evaluating performance improvement activities
- Facilitates collaboration among palliative care interdisciplinary team members, primary teams and consult services, and community resources.
- Represents the Palliative Care team on hospital committees and teams.
- In conjunction with administrative leadership, assures that programs, services and staff performance meet regulatory requirements and professional standards.
- Responsibility for oversight of budget related to inpatient service in partnership with administrative leadership and the Section Chief

A Harvard appointment will be offered commensurate with academic qualifications. The qualified candidate will possess broad clinical knowledge, experience in palliative care and leadership, excellent interpersonal communication skills, and a passion for interdisciplinary team collaboration in expanding palliative activities throughout the institution. This role is an employment model position in the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. (HMFP).

- Minimum of three to five years of clinical experience in palliative care
- Needs to maintain a substantial inpatient clinical footprint
- Board-eligible/certified in palliative care; Massachusetts state licensure (or ability to obtain prior to start date); Federal DEA; Massachusetts Controlled Substance Certificate.

Interested candidates should visit, register and create an account, use the search terms “Academic Palliative Care Clinician-Educator,” and apply to requisition # 171913

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

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