Oversees the medical care and treatment of Palliative Care patients and provides direction and guidance to the staff - to assure quality care. Consults and cooperates with the patients' attending physicians. Works under general direction.
Participates in consultations with the Palliative Care team regarding goals of care, pain management and progression of diagnoses.
Participates in case conferences.
Provides medical expertise to palliative care staff on issues and challenges involving evaluation of terminal prognosis and pain and symptom management. Reviews patients' medication in collaboration with Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners to evaluate- for adverse reactions, inappropriate usage, and inappropriate duration.
Collaborates with attending, referring, and/or inpatient physicians regarding issues and challenges involving determination of terminal prognosis and pain and symptom management, as well as transfer of patient from home care to inpatient care.
Provides for the general medical needs of the patients to the extent that these needs are not met by the attending physician, in collaboration with the Palliative Care team.
Participates with Palliative Care Team discussions with -family members providing additional - information about the medical management and prognosis of the patient, within HIPPA guidelines.
Performs other related duties as required.
Licensure: Licensed and currently registered to practice medicine or osteopathy in New York State required. DEA license required. Board eligible/certified in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, or other related specialty with a working knowledge of the principles of palliative medicine and symptom management required. Valid driver's license may be required, as determined by operational/regional needs. CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Certification preferred.
Education: Medical Degree required.
Experience: Minimum of two years of experience in a medical practice, preferably in a hospice or palliative care setting OR one year of fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Care OR Hospice and Palliative Care Board eligible/certified required. Bilingual skills may be required, as determined by operational needs required.