MedStar Health
Washington DC metro and Baltimore MD, DC, United States


MedStar Health is the largest healthcare employer in the DC/Baltimore region and has social work openings in inpatient palliative care at: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

Each MedStar site has high-functioning interdisciplinary teams. We also have a health system-wide forum for our palliative care social workers to collaborate and connect across sites to support community and career development.

Why MedStar Health?

We are the largest healthcare provider in the region with a 10-hospital system that offers easy access to great health care in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. We know that our ability to treat others well begins with how we treat each other. We want our associates to feel valued, connected, and empowered.

About our Palliative Care Teams:

Our team consists of nearly 100 clinicians that work in interdisciplinary teams across 9 acute care hospitals, robust community-based program, and advance care planning program

Our interdisciplinary teams are comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, RNs, social workers, clinical pharmacists, chaplains, and administrative roles

Our System-Wide, Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Model

*Discipline-specific workgroups for system-wide connection and mentorship as well as representation with system leadership

*Interdisciplinary leadership team

*Weekly free CEU event for learning and connections

Position Summary:
Provides direct psychological, social and practical care to a select caseload of patients and families including social work assessments, problem identification, goal setting and implementation of care plans. Makes referrals to outside agencies and coordinates continuity of care. Works collaboratively with and provides leadership with the multidisciplinary team to optimize patient outcomes. Serves as a clinical resource expert in palliative care. Provides clinical oversight and consultation in the absence of the Clinical Social Worker III/Director. Must focus in the area of clinical practice, education or research. Functions as a mentor for others. May be expected to provide on-call coverage, as needed.
Minimum Qualifications
• Masters Degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Required
Work Experience
• 2 years or more of licensed clinical social work experienced in a mental health/health care setting. Internship may be considered.
Licenses and Certifications
• Must be licensed by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners at the LMSW level. LCSW or LCSW-C preferred.
• Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Certification (ACHP-SW), preferred
• Knowledge of biopsychosocial and cultural elements of clinical social work practice.
• Knowledge of procedures, systems, and organizational objectives used within social work.
• Effective knowledge of community resources.
• Knowledge of current health care environment.
• Knowledge of and ability to gather relevant data to synthesize and summarize information in making judgments regarding patient care.
• Knowledge of the medical and psychosocial sequelae of course of illness and impact on social functioning (may be specific to patient population).
• Knowledge of relevant community resources commensurate with illness, symptoms, mental status and impairments in functioning.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills necessary to communicate/exchange and interact effectively and professionally with hospital staff, agency health care professionals, patients and families.
• Proficiency and skill in providing social work services in a mental health/health care setting.
• Analytical ability to assess patient needs, develop associated treatment plans and deliver effective interventions.
• Ability to identify organization obstacles and make recommendations to improve patient care.
• Ability to perform with minimal supervision and practice in a mental health/health care setting.
• Analytical ability to assess patient needs at a micro and macro level, develop associated treatment modalities at a more complex level and provide effective counseling.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Works as a part of the interdisciplinary team to assess patient and family needs related to their palliative diagnosis.
• Coordinates with primary team and case management team to assist in timely discharge coordination.
• Provides education to patients and families in conjunction with interdisciplinary team on disease state and impact to biopsychosocial functioning.


Attn: Jess Schmidt
E-mail: [email protected]

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