We are thrilled to announce an excellent opportunity for a dedicated primary care physician to join Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), one of the largest health care for the homeless programs in the nation.
Founded in 1985, the BHCHP is a federally-qualified community health center with over 40 sites in the Boston area. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care to homeless individuals and families in the Boston area. This mission is embodied by the many case managers, social workers, nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, behavioral health specialists, recovery coaches, front desk staff, facilities staff and others who work at BHCHP every day. We are now seeking a motivated physician to join this committed staff and serve full-time as primary care provider at multiple sites throughout our program.
Essential duties of the role include:
Providing comprehensive, high-quality primary and episodic medical respite care at BHCHP sites, working within BHCHP’s clinical and administrative guidelines.
Coordinating patient care with onsite clinical staff at host institutions, including shelters, hospitals, detox facilities, etc.
Referring patients when medically necessary for specialty, hospital, medical respite or other appropriate care such as detox, providing appropriate information for continuity of care.
Providing direct patient care at least 32 hours/week including, if needed, late evening work, with the remaining 8 hours devoted to other clinical administrative duties such as lab follow-up, quality assurance, clinical documentation and completion of patient forms, and team meetings.
Remaining flexible about changes in those hours and in the sites at which the work is performed.
Providing, along with other staff members, continuous onsite physician coverage at sites which require physician presence and remaining available to cover sites during administrative time when colleagues are ill or on vacation.
Providing on-call coverage on rotation with other BHCHP clinicians to ensure 24-hour availability and to provide onsite holiday coverage in medical respite.
Providing comprehensive follow-up of all laboratory tests including notification of patients of all results according to BHCHP guidelines and providing appropriate follow-up of all abnormal results following the highest standards of medical care.
Providing education to patients on health promotion and disease prevention.
Possessing a DEA waiver to prescribe buprenorphine (X waiver).
The ideal candidate would also be expected to engage in collaborative and educational responsibilities, including:
Working collaboratively alongside BHCHP staff of all disciplines.
Providing BHCHP support staff with adequate physician back-up.
Helping educate peers and other clinic staff by providing talks in areas of interest and expertise.
Participating in a collaborative agreement with nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants, ensuring the highest quality clinical care for patients co-managed.
Participating in the teaching of medical students and residents and acting as a role model and mentor for students, residents and fellows.
Actively participating in department meetings, general staff meetings and other team meetings focused on quality assurance, pharmacy, etc.
Attending Continuing Medical Education (CME) meetings on a regular basis as mandated by the appropriate State Medical Board and in order to maintain the highest level of clinical competence.
Administrative responsibilities of the position include maintaining adequate medical records, completed in a timely fashion according to the guidelines of BHCHP, employing standard forms such as problem lists, medication lists, etc.; participating in peer review by performing chart review and working with internal quality committees to develop clinical assessment tools; maintaining an active DEA certificate and “X waiver,” medical license, current hospital privileges, and managed care credentials; and performing any other reasonable and appropriate duties at the request of the Medical Director.
Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed to meet program needs, at the discretion of the Medical Director.
There are many reasons to join BHCHP. You would be joining a community of staff with a sincere commitment to serving vulnerable populations. The work of caring for homeless individuals and families is equal parts humbling and rewarding. In addition, we boast a generous benefits package.
BHCHP is committed to equity and inclusion. We serve a diverse patient population and highly value fluency in languages other than English in our mission to provide the highest quality of care to all homeless individuals and families in Boston regardless of nation of origin or primary language. Employees who pass a test confirming competency in Spanish, Haitian Creole or Portuguese are awarded a 6% salary increase upon hire. We are an equal opportunity employer.
Does this amazing opportunity interest you? Then we'd love to hear from you.
An Equal Opportunity Employer.
The ideal candidate would be an MD licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who is Board eligible or certified in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Med/Peds, or other appropriate specialty with a demonstrated interest in working within multidisciplinary teams to provide episodic and primary care to an underserved population. Knowledge of homelessness and multicultural issues, substance use disorders, mental health and the complex health problems of homeless people is highly valued.
Internal Number: 1.21.2020
About Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Since 1985, our mission has remained the same: to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all homeless individuals and families in the greater Boston area. We believe it has been and continues to be medicine that matters:
• Vulnerable patients are kept alive and get help managing chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
• Dedicated clinical and non-clinical staff share their passion for a vibrant mission and support each other in bringing the mission alive.
• Generous donors find a fulfilling way to respond to the feelings of helplessness that come with concern for those on the street.
• Shelter partners benefit from BHCHP's medical expertise while focusing on their core mission, avoiding wasteful duplication of services.
• Boston's many hospitals can depend on BHCHP as an alternative to the emergency room as well as a safe discharge location for medically vulnerable patients.
BHCHP's targeted, compassionate management of limited resources yields everyday successes that are a living tribute to the ideals of a just society.