Senior Instructor- Fort Logan Chief of Psychiatry

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University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

Senior Instructor- Fort Logan Chief of Psychiatry


The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado System, is the major academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado and a new Veterans Affairs Hospital, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the western United States. With world-class health sciences research, educational and clinical facilities, the CU School of Medicine has established distinctive and highly productive programs, receiving research awards of more than $350 million per year, including more than $200 million from National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. The School's total annual clinical and research revenue exceeds $1.2 billion per year.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry has just welcomed their new Department Chair, C. Neill Epperson, MD and is in the process of growing the Department of Psychiatry with new programs and expanding existing programs.

DOPsych Diversity Equity Inclusion Information:

The purpose of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is to hold the Department of Psychiatry’s faculty, staff, and trainees accountable for promoting a culture of inclusive excellence and respect.  We are committed to continuous education, sustaining cultural humility, and action related to DEI topics including systematic review of policies and procedures to ensure they are in alignment with the DOPsych DEI mission and vision.  

Nature of Work

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL) is a 94 bed adult inpatient psychiatric facility operated by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) located in Denver, CO that provides excellent psychiatric care to a vulnerable patient population.  As one of the State’s two mental health hospitals, CMHIFL serves a highly diverse patient population and embraces a recovery-oriented and trauma-informed approach to care.  You will join us during an exciting time of growth as we increase bed capacity in the near future. 

The Chief of Psychiatry at CMHIFL is a full time position which serves as the hospital’s chief psychiatric authority providing leadership, direction, and supervision of psychiatric services.  We are seeking a seasoned, experienced leader with extensive inpatient psychiatric experience and a demonstrated commitment to the seriously and persistently mentally ill patient population.  The successful candidate will be able to quickly gain credibility as a trusted, experienced clinician and a highly collaborative, fair, and flexible administrator.

This is a rewarding opportunity to work with an excellent team of committed professionals who care deeply about their work and the patients served.  CMHIFL takes great care of a vulnerable patient population and takes pride in doing the right thing.

While psychiatric providers are considered University of Colorado contract employees within the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL), they are expected to adhere to CMHIFL policies, procedures, and Medical Staff Bylaws.  Prior to hire, psychiatry providers must be deemed eligible to practice in a State institution and must pass background and drug screen.  Prior to beginning clinical work, psychiatric providers are expected to attend and complete any and all training required by CMHIFL..

The Colorado Department of Human Services may decide not to renew the services of a physician or medical professional for any reason by providing the University of Colorado at Denver with written notice of nonrenewal by May 1st of each year, effective June 30th.

Unsatisfactory performance of the duties identified above may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.  In the event of termination, the State’s obligation for payment ceases on the date of termination.

Please note, this will be categorized as Senior Instructor as it is a 1.0 FTE position.

Professional Field


Examples of Work Performed

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

    Provides clinical leadership, direction and supervision of all psychiatric care within the hospital.  Collaborates with community stakeholders with regard to clinical or administrative issues.  Partners with others to ensure the goals and objectives of the hospital are met and high quality care is delivered.Recruit, train, supervise, develop, manage and evaluate performance of psychiatrists and licensed independent practitioners.  Ensures that psychiatrists and physicians are properly credentialed.  Monitors and ensures individuals are practicing within the scope of privileges granted.   Monitors performance of privileged staff in the Department of Psychiatry, including re-evaluation of each member at the time of re-appointment.Implements, manages and revises the Peer Review process to ensure high quality clinical care and staff performance.  Oversees psychiatry related workload and distributes accordingly.Through collaborative agreements, provides supervision of psychiatric mid-level providers to ensure quality clinical care.  As the collaborating psychiatrist, provides expert testimony and any necessary orders for clients as required by C.R.S. 27-65 and in accordance with the Medical Staff Protocols.Develops and implements departmental programs for performance improvement and metrics, to include retrospective patient care review, ongoing monitoring of practice, credentials review, privilege delineation, and utilization review.Ensures compliance with regulatory standards (e.g. TJC, CMS).  Develops and revises hospital policies and procedures and clinical care guidelines/protocols.   Completes reviews of sentinel events and other unexpected outcomes.    Addresses, investigates and resolves complaints from hospital staff, patients or external customers with regard to clinical care issues.  Takes appropriate action to ensure satisfaction amongst all parties.Provides staff education, instruction and mentoring. Coordinates and provides education for medical students from various medical schools.  Serves and/or chairs various committees to assist the hospital in its mission and goals (Medical Staff, Medical Executive Committee, Utilization Review, etc.).Represents the medical staff in patient care monitoring reviews.Works collaboratively with various departments (e.g. Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Support Services, Medical Records, etc.) to meet common goals.  Maintains active clinical privileges in the Department of Psychiatry.  Provides clinical consultation and second opinions on difficult cases.  Provides authorization for restricted pharmaceuticals/requests outside of the hospital norm.Assesses and recommends off-site resources for patient care, treatment, and services not available within the hospital.Screens potential admissions for psychiatric and medical appropriateness (e.g. medical clearance).Performs job duties as outlined in Staff Psychiatrist job description and provides clinical coverage for colleagues and across hospital units as needed.  Also provides site coverage for medical complaints and emergency response.Complies with medical staff protocols.  Performs related work as assigned.  Provides after-hours psychiatric back-up coverage to the on-duty physician.  Provides after-hours and weekend coverage as needed and assigned.Complies with CDHS and State of Colorado policies and procedures, Medical Staff Bylaws, Medical Staff Rules & Regulations, and Medical Staff Practice Protocols.Participates in hospital committees, workgroups, projects and initiatives as assigned.
Supervision Received

The Chief of Psychiatry will report to the Chief of Medical Staff.

Supervision Exercised

This position will supervise other employees.  


Salary Offered or Salary Range

MD or DO

Senior Instructor: The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $240,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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 checks for all new employees prior to their 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.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

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Office of Equity:

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. 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.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • MD or DO
  • Graduate of an accredited School of Medicine 
  • Completion of an accredited US General Psychiatry Residency
  • Must have an unrestricted license to practice Medicine in the State of Colorado
  • Must have Current DEA Certificate
  • Must have AHA basic life support (BLS) for healthcare provider
  • BC/BE in Psychiatry by the ABPN
  • Minimum of 5 years post-residency inpatient psychiatry experience
Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 years post-residency experience in inpatient adult psychiatry serving a severely and persistently mentally ill patient population
  • 5 years of experience in the supervision of licensed professional staff to include physicians, mid-level providers, and other clinical staff.
  • Progressive management experience coordinating and managing healthcare in a complex environment to include managing accreditation, ensuring compliance, and promoting continuous quality improvement.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving, facilitation, and analytical skills
  • Sophistication with Electronic Health Records
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and solutions-focused outlook
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Be a seasoned and experienced leader with extensive inpatient psychiatric experience and a demonstrated commitment to the seriously and persistently mentally ill patient population.  The successful candidate will be able to quickly gain credibility as a trusted, experienced clinician and a highly collaborative, fair, and flexible administrator.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with faculty, staff, students, alumni, industry and the public.
  • Knows and applies best practices in diversity and inclusion practices or has knowledge and understands cultural differences.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, residents, students, alumni, and administrative personnel at all levels including outside organizations and the public.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire. 

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 3, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 6/5/2021
Application Due: 9/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time