Division: Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Department: Health Services
Nature of Work
The Physician is a permanent full-time benefited position serving as the Director of Medical Services. This position is responsible for the direct primary medical care for students in a clinical setting. This may include initial triage and emergency care as necessary. As the Director of Medical Services, the Physician provides clinical direction of medical and ancillary clinical staff. In conjunction with the Administrative Director of Health Services, the Director of Medical Services provides strategic leadership to ensure a successful primary care center that provides a high level of service to the University of West Georgia eligible students.
Also, the position serves as a senior level administrator in support of the mission, vision, values and goals of the University, the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Health Services. This position will assist with the recruitment, hiring of mid-level providers, and will manage and supervise mid-level providers, including chart review, prescription review, practice protocol, patient care, and other related tasks. Additionally, the Director of Medical Services will participate in the Departmental Leadership Team and collaborate directly with the Director of Health Services in the leadership of the department—including protocols and procedures for nursing and pharmacy.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Oversee direct primary medical care for students in a clinical setting. This may include initial triage and emergency care as necessary.
• Arrange care of students when their health need cannot be met by the Health Services staff or when it is necessary for the Physician to be away from the university.
• Direct medical clinic and ancillary clinical services such as Laboratory and Pharmacy to include the development of policies, protocols and procedures for nursing, laboratory and pharmacy.
• Clinically supervise the advanced practice providers, including chart review, prescription review, practice protocol, patient care, and other related tasks.
• In conjunction with the Administrative Director of Health Services, assists with the recruitment and hiring of medical providers;
• Collaborate with all campus departments to ensure that a high level of accessible care and quality service is made available to the campus community. Services are provided with a focus on educating students to be knowledgeable healthcare consumers in support of the unit, department, and University goals.
The primary duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
o 60% of time providing direct patient care;
o 40% of time devoted to the provision of administrative leadership activity;
o Oversight of clinical providers to include advanced practice providers, and ancillary clinical operations staff;
o As a member of the Health Services Leadership Team, the Director of Medical Services contributes to high level decisions that guide the department and have a broad impact on the student health center operations to include scope of service and financial operations;
o Promotes and develops best clinical practices, processes, quality clinical studies, development and implementation of policies and procedures;
o Oversees the credentialing, re-credentialing, peer review, and privileging of clinical staff;
o Participates as a co-reviewer in the preparation of employee evaluations of directly supervised clinical staff, including nurse practitioners, certified physician assistants and pharmacy staff. Together with the Administrative Director of Health Services, initiates and recommends personnel actions for the above supervised staff;
o Ensures total compliance by members of the staff to include advanced practice nursing, certified physician assistant, and ancillary staff in accordance with all Federal, State, Local laws and the rules and regulations of the University and policies of Health Services;
o Ensures all reports meet expectations of their designated licensure boards and disciplines with a high emphasis on ethics and ethical behavior;
o In conjunction with the quality improvement initiative, responsible for planning, developing, and coordinating clinical peer review activities to include reviews of adverse events summarizing results and making recommend changes to clinical practices, policies and protocol;
o In collaboration with the Administrative Director of Health Services, monitors the work schedules of the clinical staff to maintain optimum delivery of healthcare services;
o Provides University and community leadership and consultation, as needed, in such areas as public health, preventative medicine, health education and promotion, environmental health and safety, and emergency preparedness;
o Acts as the Administrative Director of Health Services in the absence of the Director, and acts in a highly specialized function on behalf of the University in matters significant to Health Services when the Administrative Director is not available;
o Coordinates student learner activities with other clinical team members, and serves as a clinical preceptor for various student learners, including but not limited to medical students and nurse practitioner students;
o Works closely with the University NCAA Sports Medicine Program, providing medical care to student athletes in the clinic setting, as well as providing guidance and oversight for the athletic training staff;
o Works closely with the Director of the Counseling and Career Development Center and its mental health professionals to ensure access to and provision of mental health care to Health Services patients.
• Must possess and maintain an unencumbered MD license to practice in the State of Georgia, or be eligible for and obtain licensure in the State of Georgia.
• Must possess and maintain current medical board certification in specialty such as Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds), or Pediatrics.
• Must possess and maintain a valid Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) certificate and number.
• Must possess and maintain certification to perform current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or ACLS (advanced cardio life support) certification.
• Must possess and demonstrate daily effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to facilitate open discussions with direct reports and colleagues.
• Must possess a working knowledge of an electronic health records systems.
• Must be able to craft clear and concise reports and have the ability to interpret and articulate in a meaningful way.
• Must adhere to, and hold direct staff accountable for, exceptional customer service to internal and external customers, and maintain the highest standard of integrity and ethical behavior.
• Must have a valid GA driver’s license.
• Must successfully complete a background investigation, including urine drug screening, and a physician credentialing process.
• Employee subject to random drug screening.
• Clinical staff will be subject to a continuous query of the National Practitioner Data Bank. Any findings from such query will be addressed appropriately, up to and including termination.
GA Medical Licensure or ability to receive within one year. SANE training, BLSCertified, SANE Certified. Prefer Family Practitioner or Internist, Prefer Board Certification.
• Possess three years of post-residency practice experience.
• Prior collaborative practice with advance practice nurses and/or physician assistants, to include supervising and evaluating employees, resolving conflicts, problem solving and encouraging a diverse staff to work well together.
• Possess a proven success record of progressively, responsible leadership experience in a comprehensive health care organization.
• Possess working knowledge of nationally recognized accreditation standards such as JCAHO or AAAHC, or having worked in a practice accredited by these organizations, and be well versed on processes, process improvement, and health care systems/models.
• Experience working in a practice requiring ICD-10 and CPT coding, and experience working with insurance networks and insurance billing models.
• Possess superior interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with, and respond to, multiple constituencies at all levels in a large University setting.
• Prior or current affiliation with an outpatient ambulatory care clinic is preferred.
• Possess a significant level of experience with an electronic medical record system sufficient enough to train others.
• Experience in college health setting or experience with college-age population.
• SANE Certification/Training.
Commensurate with experience
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions
• The ability to lift, carry, push, or pull up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift, carry, push or pull over 25 pounds
• Standing and walking 60-75% of the time and sitting 25-40% of the time
• Occasional bending, kneeling, climbing, twisting, reaching at/or above and below shoulder level, and balancing
• Eye-hand coordination, finger dexterity, color perception and discrimination, functional visual ability and depth perception, functional sound perception and discrimination, functional verbal speech ability
Notice to Applicants
Please be advised that should you be recommended for a position, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment.