Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 26, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) is currently seeking qualified applicants and candidate nominations for the role of Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine.

Reporting to the Chairperson of Medicine, the Section Chief will have the overall responsibility of providing visionary leadership to an established, 30 plus member academic hospitalist program based at Temple University Hospital (TUH), a 722-bed tertiary- and quaternary-level acute care hospital and chief clinical training site for the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. The Section of Hospital Medicine is now in its fourth year of providing quality and efficient clinical care to its patients and educational opportunities to Temple’s medical students and residents. The section continues to be on the forefront of utilization and patient safety initiatives.

The ideal candidate is a rising star/leader in academic hospital medicine with documented achievement in the clinical, education and research spheres. The incoming Chief’s focus will be to build on the Section’s strengths while being heavily engaged in developing a robust plan for faculty development and advancement for each faculty member. The Chief will work closely with the leadership of the DOM Residency to continue to support the role of the section as key members of the department’s education faculty and will also support the faculty in increasing their roles in the undergraduate medical and physician assistant education. Academic achievement for the section will be judged on innovative educational initiatives, scholarship on education, participation in the educational administration and other research endeavors, particularly those that lead to publication. The Section Chief will develop key hospital and other institutional partnerships and strategic relationships with physicians, nurses and administrators. The successful candidate will have strong and proven capabilities in strategic planning, recruitment/retention, faculty development, operations, resource allocation, and related decision-making.

Qualified candidates will possess an M.D. with active board certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and credentials that will support a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor/Professor are preferred. Candidates with additional pertinent degrees (Ph.D., M.B.A., and M.P.H.) are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be active participants in SHM/SGIM at the regional and national levels and have the ability to obtain medical licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Temple Health, one of Philadelphia's leading academic medical centers, is home to more than 1,000 physicians and scientists who share the mission of bringing innovative treatments to patients. Temple Health refers to the health, education and research activities carried out by the affiliates of Temple University Health System and by the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM).

Temple University Health System (TUHS) is a $1.4 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research. 

Reports to: Joseph Y. Cheung, M.D, PhD
Richard Laylord & Dorothy Evans Professor and
Chairperson, Department of Medicine
Professor, Center of Translational Medicine

Candidate Qualifications

• An M.D. with active board certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
• Credentials for a faculty appointment at the level of Associate Professor/Professor are preferred.
• Strong ability to work collaboratively with leaders of various entities in the advancement of medical education.
• Experience with innovative educational methodologies.
• Competency navigating the interaction of the educational, research and service missions of a complex academic medical center.
• Strong personal and professional commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals with diverse backgrounds and groups representing numerous societal interests and needs.
• Demonstrated record of program development, collaboration, community engagement, clinical care, education, and leadership.
• Skilled at recruiting and retention, and values the role of leaders in mentoring.
• Excellent verbal, written and group presentation skills.
• Proven ability to develop and execute short- and long-term strategic initiatives.
• Active participants in SHM/SGIM at the regional and national levels.
• In possession of/eligible for an unrestricted medical license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Encouraging and supporting diversity among a Department’s constituents, creating an environment of professionalism, respect, tolerance, and acceptance.
• In conjunction with the School of Medicine’s Faculty Affairs and Education units, create programs for the academic and professional development of faculty.
• Provide administrative direction and supervision to the Sections faculty and staff.
• Plan effectively for the anticipated demand for clinical services arising from expanding patient volumes, ensuring that facilities, technologies, operations, staffing and outreach activities are sufficient.
• Manage the resources of the section prudently and effectively.
• Create an environment that enhances clinical growth and academic development.
• Communicate effectively and frequently with the clinical and administrative leadership, as well as with the faculty and staff to ensure that strategies and activities of the Hospitalists are aligned with the mission, vision and goals of the organization.
• Develop pathways and processes to ensure effective hospitalization and transition of post discharge care to outpatient patients.

• Recruit, support and mentor faculty. Participate in faculty career development plans and retention efforts.

• Ensure that clinical operations are patient-centered, efficient, effective and safe.
• Provide a supportive environment for enabling the Section’s clinical, educational and research missions.

Department of Medicine

Temple's Department of Medicine is the largest academic department in the School of Medicine--with 143 faculty, 188 residents and fellows, and several hundred employees. With 11 subspecialty programs (Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hematology, Hepatology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, and Rheumatology), offices at all provider facilities and nearly $8 million in sponsored research activity, the Department's influence truly touches all aspects of Temple's Health System.

As the largest department at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Temple University Hospital, our main objective is providing patient care that is second-to-none. At Temple, faculty physicians provide state-of-the-art care to a wide variety of patients with complex medical problems. It has recruited many specialists that offer pioneering treatments not available at other local academic institutions such as Pulmonary Hypertension/Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy Program (Cardiology) and NIH-funded GI Motility Center. General medicine inpatient care is provided by academic hospitalists while outpatient care is provided by forward-looking general internists with emphasis on population health and preventive medicine.

The department is heavily involved in teaching at all levels: from 1st and 2nd years (Doctoring, Introduction to Clinical Medicine) to 3rd (Core Clerkship) and 4th years (Sub-Internship and Subspecialty electives) of medical school, residency and fellowship training programs, and continued medical education activities. We continue to innovate in medical education: from the Ambulatory Immersion 4+1 System and re-structured inpatient team structure to emphasize continuity of patient care for our internal medicine residents, to the re-designed core medicine clerkship to enhance ambulatory care experience for medical students. We prepare our students and trainees to become leaders in their chosen field of endeavor.

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is a research-intensive medical school and the department prides itself on its nationally prominent physician-scientists, and provides a stimulating and collaborative environment for performing clinical, basic and translational research. There are 13 elected members of the Honorific American Society of Clinical Investigation. The department runs a year-round research curriculum consisting of series of lectures by successful investigators covering a wide range of topics such as basic statistics and power calculation, clinical trial design, basic science techniques in clinical research, etc. The department also offers junior faculty research award to enable promising faculty to devote 50 percent of the effort to research.

Section of Hospitalist Medicine

Since its inception in 2013 the cornerstone of the Section of Hospital Medicine has been its team of dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to excellence in all phases of Temple’s tripartite mission. The Section began the inaugural year growing from 4 clinical FTE’s to 30 clinical FTE’s to the current 32 clinical FTE’s and provides 24 hour in house care to Temple University Hospital (TUH) and Temples Episcopal Campus.

Their coverage scope currently includes 7 teaching teams, 3 non-teaching hybrid teams, a consult medicine service, clinical decision unit (CDU) coverage, Medicine Admitter role, C6 unit coverage at Episcopal, Behavior Health H&P’s at Episcopal, and a night time coverage scheme at both Episcopal and Temple Hospitals. There is a site Director at the Episcopal campus which has helped improve outcomes and LOS. The hospitalists at this site round on the 21 bed, low acuity medical floor on a daily basis. A nurse practitioner is assigned to cover psychiatry history and physicals as well as assist the rounding Hospitalist in any patient care as needed.

The Section also provides 24 hour in house care. Hospitalists are in house nightly to cover new admissions to our services, the CDU, urgent / stat consults (including pre-op clearance for AM cases), and also cover any acute issues that arise on the nonteaching patients over night. Nocturnists are in the midst of developing a nocturnal academic curriculum to offer an educational track for the residency program Night Owl system. On average, after midnight, the Nocturnist gets around 8 admits and 4-6 CDU admits plus an occasional stat consult for medical clearance for the OR in the morning.

The Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) is also being staffed by the Section’s Hospitalists. Developed protocols driving diagnosis pathways including inclusion/exclusion criteria plus minimal diagnostic elements help to direct care in this unit.

The teaching services are comprised of Senior Residents, Interns and medical students. Each team is led by a Hospitalist that rounds for two consecutive weeks.


Procedure for Candidacy

Interested candidates should submit a current curriculum vita and complete contact information to the address below. Personal statements summarizing all relevant experience, clinical, educational, research interests, and contributions to diversity are strongly encouraged.

Daniel Edmundowicz, MD, MS, FACC, Search Committee Chairperson, Professor of Medicine and Chief, Section of Cardiology, LKSOM, C/O Michael R. Lester, Senior Director, Physician/Faculty Recruitment & Retention, LKSOM, 3420 N. Broad Street, MRB 101, Philadelphia, PA, 19140.

The University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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