Medical Director for Austin State Hospital

Job description

Department of Psychiatry - Dell Medical School - The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, TX
Open: Jun 13, 2018

Medical Director for Austin State Hospital, Assistant or Associate Professor

The Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry, in conjunction with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), is seeking a board certified/board eligible General Psychiatrist to join our clinical faculty and serve as medical director for Austin State Hospital in Austin, Texas. We seek a physician who will help our Department achieve our goal of working with our community partners to develop clinical, educational and research initiatives that revolutionize how people get and stay mentally healthy in Central Texas and beyond. We seek candidates committed to providing exemplary care and treatment that restores hope, and helps patients and families live healthier, fuller lives.

Through our Department's collaboration with HHSC, the physician will provide clinical leadership as Medical Director to a public psychiatric hospital that provides inpatient care to children, adolescents and adults with an average daily census of 250 patients. Primary responsibilities will include clinical leadership, with responsibility for the quality of clinical services delivered to patients in Austin State Hospital, as well as providing psychiatric direct care and consultation services at the hospital. The Medical Director will also be part of the Department of Psychiatry team that is leading a proposed redesign of public-sector services in the catchment area of Austin State Hospital, including a proposal for a modern, innovative facility providing psychiatric care to a 38-county region in Central Texas.

The successful candidate's appointment within the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School requires regular participation in educational activities with medical students and residents. In addition, the physician will have the opportunity for collaborations that allow for the pursuit of innovative clinical programming and research initiatives.

The Dell Medical School, the first new medical school to be built at a tier one research university in nearly fifty years, welcomed its inaugural class in 2016. The school is committed to redesigning academic medicine and revolutionizing how people get and stay healthy, by educating leaders, developing new models of care, and advancing innovation from health products to health care delivery.

Austin has been designated by US News & World Report as one of the top ten \u201cBest Places to Live\u201d for several years. This growing metropolis is considered \u201cthe live music capital of the world,\u201d a high-tech growth hub, and home to one of the largest state universities in the country.


  • An MD/DO degree received from an accredited college of medicine
  • Completion of an accredited residency in psychiatry
  • Texas Medical License
  • Board Certification in Psychiatry
  • DEA Certificate required
  • Eligible for credentialing and privileging by the hospital
  • Eligible for appointment as an assistant professor or higher in the Department of Psychiatry
  • Experience in inpatient psychiatric setting
  • Experience in quality oversight and improvement activities
  • Experience working in a state psychiatric hospital preferred
  • Additional qualifications and/or experience in other psychiatric or medical subspecialties, especially forensic psychiatry, preferred
  • Experience in medical administration and managing clinical staff
  • Demonstrated leadership, clinical teaching, evaluation, and communication skills.
  • Ability to influence/motivate others at all professional and administrative levels.
  • Must be an innovative self-starter with a commitment to excellence.
  • Must possess tenacity, self-motivation and initiative necessary to drive the development and maintenance of established and new programs A track record of being able to lead, direct, and influence a team regardless of reporting lines, as well as be a team player.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.





Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 10/12/2018
Application Due: 12/11/2018
Work Type: