Palliative care in San Antonio, Texas (Physician )

Avery Poe

Job Description
Hospice/Palliative Medicine opening in San Antonio, Texas.

PRACTICE DETAILS The medical director shall be a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state where the hospice is located. In his/her absence, the medical director shall designate another physician to serve as acting medical director. The medical director of fulfills two primary functions, each of which is expected to consume approximately one half of the time and work effort of the position: The medical director has overall responsibility for medical direction of the care and treatment of patients and their families rendered by the hospice care team, and shall consult and cooperate with the patient's attending physician. The medical director provides physician direction and guidance to the hospice program, its physician employees, and other staff and volunteers to assure the maintenance of quality standards of care for patients and families. The medical director educates practicing physicians and others engaged in health care services regarding the hospice program and its potential benefits to patients. In fulfilling the two primary functions explained above, the medical director performs the following duties: Quality of Clinical Care Assure appropriate evaluation and certification of terminal prognosis of patients. Assure the quality of initial plans of care.. Interact with attending physicians as necessary regarding pain and symptom management issues and issues involving patient prognosis Periodically attend home care team meetings and rounds in inpatient units. Supervision of team physicians (home care and inpatient) Interview and participate in the hiring and contracting of team physicians with the general manager, patient care administrator and/or team manager. Management Participate as an active member of the local/regional management team (includes budget process, strategic planning. Community Relations Educate community physicians on the principles of palliative medicine. Education and Research Assist in the development of and actively participate in clinical training for all hospice patient care and admissions personnel. QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of the principles and practice of primary medical care, with at least a working knowledge of oncology. Knowledge of palliative care with particular emphasis on control of symptoms associated with terminal illness. EDUCATION License to practice medicine in the state in TEXAS. Board certification in a medical specialty which deals with care of the terminally ill, such as Internal Medicine, Oncology or Family Practice, with at least a working knowledge of medical oncology and demonstrated expertise in the principles of palliative medicine and symptom management.