Instructor - Medication Assisted Treatment Physician

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine


The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Denver seeks a full-time (1.0 FTE) Medication Assisted Treatment Physician in the Department of Psychiatry; Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) at the University of Colorado Denver.

Position Description:

This is position responsible for performing Physician duties related to Medically Assisted Treatment.

This position is required to work 40 hours per week during business operations, 6:00am - 2:30pm, in multiple clinic locations in the Denver Metro Area.

Essential Functions of the Position:


  • Ensure the timely completion of admission physicals, annual physicals, medical histories, laboratory testing (including TB screening) consistent with state and federal regulations, accreditation standards and sound medical practice
  • Review all laboratory results as well as medical documentation from other healthcare providers and manage each patient according to established best practice and accrediting and regulatory guidelines
  • Screen patients for common medical co-morbidities and evaluate co-existing medical conditions to identify potential medication impact/drug interactions, to include over-the-counter (OTC) medications
  • Prescribe and titrate the appropriate dosage of methadone or Suboxone/buprenorphine products consistent with the patient's medical and addiction history to establish a maintenance dose
  • Order dose increases, decreases, detoxification, or supervised withdrawal after assessment of the patient and his/her current treatment history
  • Write medical orders based upon the individual needs of the patient and sign off on all medical orders within 72 hours. Review medical therapy and document those activities in the patient's chart
  • Whenever necessary, provide or coordinate pharmacotherapy services to those patients who demonstrate need
  • Ensure that each patient receives adequate services addressing communicable diseases, including risk evaluation, clinically appropriate testing, and appropriate counseling related to testing
  • Ensure treatment center meets all accreditation standards related to include medical, health, and safety issues, and other areas as assigned
  • Ensure 24 hour per day availability to respond in a timely manner to treatment center staff and emergency care providers when they require consultation for one of the program's patients.


Maintains current and accurate records and medical documentation as required by policy, DEA, CARF, and OBH.

  • Whenever necessary, collaborate and coordinate care with other physicians, clinics or hospitals participating in the treatment of program patients
  • Provide the medical input into overall treatment program philosophy, treatment services, and patient care
  • Provide consultation to medical, clinical, and administrative staff in formulation and implementation of each patient's medical treatment
  • Solicit feedback from clinical and administrative staff regarding patient requests and changes in patient behavior
  • As requested, conduct in-service training and community education (participate in and periodically lead community consultation and mental health education as it relates to substance abuse)
  • Provide medical training and supervision as related to Opioid Treatment for physicians and nurse practitioners where applicable working at the clinic
  • Participate in peer reviews for ARTS Medical Directors and/or Program Physicians as requested to comply with accrediting agency requirements.

Training and Certification/License
  • Attends approved training sessions for the purpose of upgrading skills and obtaining or maintaining all required certifications and/or licenses.
  • Implementation and enforcement of the ARTS and the University's Code of Ethics and Conduct, and Policies and Procedures
  • Responsible for periodically conducting training and mentoring of medical staff and the treatment team regarding treatment best practices
  • Responsible for providing mentoring and guidance by active participation in scheduled treatment team sessions

Performs other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctorate medical degree
  • Licensed as a Physician in Colorado
  • Ability to prescribe methadone, buprenorphine, Suboxone, naltrexone, Vivitrol, and Antabuse

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident or incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Board certified or Board eligible in the areas of Addiction Medicine, Preventative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, or Addiction Psychiatry

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and abilities:
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong customer service
  • Ability to problem solve and to make appropriate decisions
  • Ability to manage difficult behaviors or resistance
  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines
  • Ability to be nonjudgmental and respectful of others beliefs, values, and culture
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Ability to exercise discretion (e.g. patient confidentiality)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and ability to learn software programs
  • Experience using an Electronic Health Record

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 12961

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20280 - SOM-PSYCH-ARTS SP/G

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 27, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Shingo Ishida

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00645168





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Posted: 3/28/2018
Application Due: 5/27/2018
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