Hospitalist - Department of Medicine
OakCare Medical Group - Oakland, CA

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Alameda Health System comprises one acute hospital (Highland) and additional rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals as well as three free-standing clinics in Alameda County, based in Oakland CA. The Department of Medicine includes 40 full-time faculty and 20 additional part-time faculty as well as 62 residents (categorical, primary care, and preliminary). It maintains six inpatient teams with a busy and challenging inpatient service.
OakCare Medical Group, a primary contractor for Alameda Health System, is seeking Hospitalists to provide care to hospitalized patients in a variety of settings. These settings include supervision and teaching of residents and medical students on the Internal Medicine inpatient service, direct care of patients in non-teaching venues, and medical consultation on non-Medicine services. Some hospitalists will also provide ward unit directorship and specialized services (e.g., intensive involvement in quality improvement, advanced bedside teaching, and patient transfers). This care is delivered in close coordination with nursing and medical specialists to promote the best clinical outcomes for patients and optimal medical education and entrustable competences for trainees.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Valid California medical license and DEA license
  • Board certification (or pending certification after ABIM exam completion) in Internal Medicine
  • ACLS certification
  • Strong interest/desire to work in a safety-net facility in a resource-limited area providing care for the underserved

Preferred: Experience in quality improvement efforts (short- and long-term multidisciplinary projects) for clinical process enhancement and improved patient outcomes
Desirable: fluency in written and spoken languages other than English, reflecting our diverse patient population (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin)

CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide assessment, diagnostic determination, ongoing clinical management, necessary referral for consultation, care planning, therapeutic orders, transfer authorization, risk assessment, and determination as appropriate for discharge or transfer of patients, both directly and via supervision of trainees
  • Provide patient contact and care management that actively encourages and includes professional input from all members of the patient care team
  • Perform bedside rounds on all patients (either with team members or independently) and provide attending notes on all assigned patients
  • Perform review of resident notes (H&P and progress notes) for format, relevance, and accuracy with correction as needed, including completeness of dates, times, and legible signatures, ensuring timely completion of all professional records and documentation in compliance with local, state, and federal regulatory, licensure and accreditation requirements
  • Review, revise as needed, and co-sign discharge summaries within one week of patient discharge
  • Complete all medical record documentation and billing submissions within one business day of service
  • Provide prompt, effective, and efficient cross-cover of residents to allow them to attend scheduled educational sessions as well as role-modeling of handoffs to attending physicians coming on-service
  • Provide direct contact and consultation with patient's family members, friends, advocates, and relevant others to ensure effective communication of patient status and care plans and to encourage and support a patient-centered and family-friendly style within the hospital environment
  • Perform in a manner to create and sustain a positive work culture with cross-department collaboration and in alignment with other Alameda Health System initiatives
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described above

ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Offer explicit behavioral expectations for each supervised trainee at rotation start
  • Provide evaluation of trainees with explicit formative feedback on knowledge, skills, attitude and overall performance at least once before leaving the rotation
  • Provide supervisory/teaching rounds involving the medical team with emphasis on clinical reasoning and plan of care (diagnostic, therapeutic, and transitional)
  • Foster self-directed learning by all trainees and sharing new knowledge with the team
  • Provide topic-related instruction to ward team at least semi-weekly, preferably article-based
  • Contribute evidence-based presentations for noon conferences, ideally interactive, at least semi-annually
  • Precept Inpatient Journal Club on rotation
  • Attend and actively participate at Medicine Grand Rounds weekly
  • Conduct interviews of prospective resident candidates and potential faculty candidates
  • Serve as a professional role-model for trainees in interactions with peers, patients, families, and other members of the health care team

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participate actively and constructively in assigned hospital committee work
  • Provide substantive and effective participation in departmental and institutional initiatives and quality improvements, including efforts at optimizing provider, staff, and patient satisfaction
  • Participate in implementing best practices, using clinical pathways and protocols via simplification, standardization, and thoughtful use of technology
  • Demonstrate consistent, good citizenship and professionalism in daily work and assigned tasks, both as an individual and within working groups

COMPENSATION
Competitive salary and extensive benefits package including Earned Time Off, group insurance, short and long term disability, long-term care, 401k plan with generous employer match, business-related and Continuing Medical related expenses and more.

Full-Time opportunities are a priority, however, part-time will be considered.


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