Palliative care physician

March 12, 2020


Veterans Administration Hospital Iowa City
Iowa City, IA, United States

Salary Range (Annual Salary)

$107,000 - $225,000


Imagine practicing palliative care in an integrated health care system with an established system of
concurrent care hospice, with a nationally supported VITAL TALK-based goals of care program and
with the freedom to use a variety of non-pharmaceutical treatments and modalities. We have
received awards from the CAPC Tipping Challenge. We work collaboratively with specialty and
primary care colleagues. Teaching includes didactic sessions for residents, fellows, and faculty, in
addition to direct supervision of goals of care discussions. Plans for hospice and palliative medicine
fellows from the University of Iowa are ongoing.

The outpatient service provides direct outpatient care, e-consults, and telehealth appointments
Monday-Friday (8 am to 4 pm). We see an average of 20 heart failure and oncology patients in
concurrent care hospice—receiving disease-directed therapies and hospice. Our inpatient service
provides services during the day and telephone coverage on nights and weekends with an average
inpatient census of 6 to 10. Our palliative care team includes a robust multidisciplinary team
including spiritual care, a dedicated pharmacy specialist, social services, and RN case management.

Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature and site of the International Writing Program and the Writers Workshop. Home to the University of Iowa, there are many cultural and sporting events. In addition, there is an ease to living—with easy commuting to and from work. There are big city amenities in a city that is the right size.

The candidate must demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, thrive in an
interdisciplinary team environment, and be a strong ambassador for palliative medicine within the
hospital, the VA clinics and with the many collaborating hospice agencies. The candidate must be
collaborative and enjoy working in an environment that thrives on continuous quality improvement,
while providing direct patient care, teaching students, residents, and fellows. Responsibilities will be
adapted to the candidate's interests.

Candidates must be certified through the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, or plan
in place to receive certification within two years. Fellowship-trained physicians are preferred.


View all jobs