Staff Psychiatrist

Date Posted: 
Tue, 08/28/2018
Job summary: 

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) is seeking a dedicated Staff Psychiatrist to join us. In our non-profit organization over 12,000 homeless men, women, and children are seen each year. Thousands of individuals find themselves homeless in greater Boston every year. Among them are chronically ill adults, veterans, children, and the elderly. They are the people who stay in emergency shelters or motel rooms, eat in soup kitchens, or visit drop-in centers.

We are committed to ensuring that every one of these individuals has access to comprehensive health care, from preventative dental services to cancer treatment. Our clinicians, case managers, and mental health providers work in more than 60 locations to deliver exceptional health services to some of our community’s most vulnerable—and most resilient—citizens. Some of the priorities that draw us to this work are: responding to social crisis and injustice; developing long-term individual relationships and empowering the disempowered. We enjoy working with our colleagues and we love our patients.

The Staff Psychiatrist will provide psychopharmacological evaluations and medication management, to adult patients at a variety of sites while working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

Patient Care
- Deliver comprehensive, high quality psychiatric care, working within BHCHP’s clinical and administrative guidelines and to provide expertise to providers and others regarding treatment plans in conjunction with the medical needs of patients?
- Oversee patient care with onsite clinical staff at host institutions, including shelters, hospitals, detox facilities, etc and to refer patients when necessary for emergency, inpatient and diversionary services or other appropriate services in collaboration with the Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST) when indicated.
- Provide on-call (off hours) coverage for own patients and with other staff psychiatrists for the McInnis House respite team within our program, 5:00 PM-8:00 AM Monday through Friday and weekends including coverage of vacations, and leaves.

- Provide support staff with adequate physician back-up when the need arises and participate in a reciprocal agreement with psychiatric clinical nurse specialists, ensuring the highest quality clinical care for patients co-managed.
- Help educate peers and other clinical staff by providing talks in areas of interest and expertise to support the instructing of medical students and residents, acting as a role model and mentor for students, residents and fellows.
- Actively participate in department meetings, general staff meetings and other relevant meetings including those pertaining to quality assurance, pharmacy etc.
- Attend CME meetings on a regular basis as mandated by the appropriate State Medical Board in order to maintain the highest level of clinical competence.

- Maintain and timely complete adequate medical records, according to the guidelines of BHCHP, employing standard forms such as problem lists, medication lists, etc.
- Perform peer review through chart review and working with the Qualifying Exam Committee to develop clinical assessment tools, etc.
- Maintain active DEA certificate, medical license, current hospital privileges, and managed care credentials.
- Perform any other reasonable and appropriate duties at the request and discretion of the Medical Director.

Qualifications and Requirements: 

- Medical Doctor licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Board eligible or certified in psychiatry.
- Spanish-speaking preferred.
- Interest in working within multidisciplinary teams to provide episodic psychiatric and continuity healthcare to persons experiencing homelessness.

How to Apply: 

We believe work-life balance is a key part of clinical strength. Salary and benefit package is competitive and we are a National Health Service Corps site.

Does the nature of work and the opportunity to make a difference resonate with you? Does this position seem to match your expertise? If so we'd love to hear from you. Please email your resume to our Human Resources department. Our preferred method of submission is through email, to [email protected] with "Staff Psychiatrist" as the subject line. One may also apply by mail to Human Resources, BHCHP, 780 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118, or by fax to (857) 654-1095.

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