Palliative Care Physician

March 25, 2020


Alameda Health System
Oakland, CA, United States


Palliative Care Physician – Job Description

Highland General Hospital is the major acute hospital in the Alameda Health System, serving the greater Oakland area and the remainder of Alameda County. The facility has 235 licensed beds and a faculty of 65 specialists and generalists in Medicine, supervising 60 residents in categorical, preliminary, and primary care tracks.

We have an exciting and unique opportunity for a physician leader to help expand palliative care services throughout our health system. This role offers multiple opportunities to utilize all domains of palliative care. We need a palliative physician who will help build interdisciplinary palliative programs at all of AHS hospitals, educate other doctors, nurses and social workers, participate in the development of a palliative curriculum for our residents, work with our outpatient clinic and increase referrals as well as working with community agencies to build networks of palliative care services. AHS has been awarded a 2 million dollar grant to help fund this process. We are looking for someone to integrate into a team of physicians and interdisciplinary clinicians to provide leadership in all areas.

• Valid California medical license and DEA license
• Board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (or Board-eligible and certification within 5 years of start date)
• Experience in Hospice and Palliative care: Fellows welcome to apply
• Advanced Communication skills
Preferred: Previous experience working in a county hospital or safety-net environment. Teaching experience with residents and medical students.
Desirable: Fluency (spoken and written) in other languages (Spanish, Cantonese) as well as English. Demonstrated high motivation, self-starter, and resourcefulness.
Clinical Responsibilities:
• Provides coverage of the Palliative Care Consult service including providing consultations with house staff, AHS medical staff, nursing staff and social work staff requesting Palliative Care consults in a variety of care settings
• Participates with and periodically leads a multidisciplinary Palliative Care Consult team providing care to patients and families. The team includes a full time Social Worker, part time Chaplain, Physicians Assistants, and Medicine Residents
• Participates in patient and family meetings to discuss goals of care, shared decision making or to help resolve conflicts in decision making, review benefits and burdens of treatment options, and facilitate ethics consults as needed
• Assists ward teams in assessing, controlling, and documenting distressing physical and emotional symptoms in patients with advanced illness in accordance with best practices
• In collaboration with other Palliative Care Consult team members, provides ongoing information and advocacy to AHS and AHS staff on how and when to access and utilize Palliative Care services
• Participation in our outpatient palliative clinic.
• Available for phone coverage to provide Palliative Care expertise to primary teams
Administrative Responsibilities:
• Participates in Palliative Care quality improvement initiatives
• Leads weekly interdisciplinary team meetings to discuss clinical and operational functions of the Palliative Care service
• Participates in team building activities of the Palliative Care service
• Participates in faculty recruitment efforts
• Participates in program building related to all grants
• Participation in data analysis
Academic Responsibilities:
• Participates in the Medicine teaching program as assigned by the Chair of Medicine
• Attends, participates in, and prepares conferences during weeks of coverage (examples include Grand Rounds, M and M, and Noon Conferences)
• Directs teaching of Residents and Medical Students including lectures, small group didactic teaching, and modeling an approach to patient and family care that reflects cultural humility and attention to psychosocial and spiritual factors affecting their well-being and ability to cope with serious illness
• Participates with the in service education programs for AHS nursing staff and other allied health professionals
• Supports Resident research activities
• Participates in counseling, tutoring, and grief support programs for staff, house staff
• Participates in primary palliative care education


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