As the clinical section chief for palliative care, your primary responsibilities will include:
Clinical leadership over the palliative care service at Stanford Health Care (SHC), and affiliated partner entities in the areas of quality, safety, clinical effectiveness, patient experience, and cost-effective care.
Recruitment, mentorship, and supervision of the Clinical Faculty of the Palliative Care section of approximately 10 faculty, within the Division of Primary Care & Population Health, both to provide world-class palliative care and to advance academically through regional and national prominence in their area of focus
Together with SHC administrative partners, pursuit of a shared vision for the future of palliative care at Stanford
Partnership with the Research Chief of Palliative Care, and the Fellowship Director of Palliative Care, to jointly excel in the triple mission of academic medicine
Work with the chief and faculty of geriatrics and general primary care, as well as other clinical departments across Stanford, to develop shared programs around common goals and patient populations, especially in end of life care and goals
Expansion of a growing community partnership and outreach program with underserved populations, and active participation in efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in the section, division, and school
Membership of the senior leadership of the division of PCPH and a steward of the division as a whole in areas such as strategic planning, leadership development, workforce wellness and professional fulfillment, communication and coordination across sections, and financial strength
Essential Skills: (e.g. What’s essential to prepare for this role/ be selected? What sorts of development is likely in this role?)
Program development skills (could be within palliative care or in another area)
Health system collaboration
Team-building and team management
As part of this role, you can anticipate the following development as a physician leader:
-mentorship and sponsorship skills
-organizational navigation skills (in a heavily matrixed environment – Stanford Health Care and Stanford University)
-building diverse teams
Future Trends: (e.g. What’s happening in the near/long term at SHC, in the field that’s relevant to this role?)
Clinically integrated network (SHC, UHA, SCH, PCHA) development
Expansion of Medicare Primary Care First Programming and Medicare Advantage
Development of Palliative Care QI infrastructure (EPIC dashboard, QI support from SHC)
Exploration of onsite hospice services/partnerships
Collaboration with Stanford Children’s Pediatric Palliative Care Program (just underwent an external review)
Key Relationships: (e.g. What individuals within the organization does the person collaborate and interact with?)
“Dyad” partnerships with the SHC Director of Palliative Care and Geriatrics and with the Executive Director of Ambulatory Services
Palliative Care Section Faculty: ongoing mentorship with some of the section as well as overall faculty development for the section
Close collaboration with operational dyads for the inpatient and outpatient palliative care services
Direct reporting to the Division Chief of Primary Care and Population Health
Participation: (e.g. What committees, governing bodies, or other leadership groups/ stakeholders does role regularly intersect with and need to participate in?)
Participation needed in:
-Clinic and inpatient service medical directors for palliative care (monthly)
-Palliative Care leadership team meetings (weekly)
-SHC Dyad partner meetings (monthly)
-Division leadership meetings (monthly)
-Division Clinical Faculty meetings (monthly)
-Department Faculty meetings (bimonthly)
Regularly intersect with: Division of Primary Care and Population Health leaders (Geriatrics, Primary Care, Health Services Research), SHC quality department members, palliative care team members, trainees from various specialties.
The Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University is recruiting for a Clinical Chief of Palliative Care. This position is a full-time Clinician-Educator faculty position at the rank of Clinical Associate Professor or Clinical Professor, that will serve as a health system leader for palliative care and lead the Clinical Palliative Care Faculty Section within the Stanford Division of Primary Care and Population Health.
Reporting directly to the Chief of Primary Care & Population Health in the Department of Medicine, and partnering with a Research Chief of Palliative Care, this position will have 40% effort dedicated to clinical and programmatic leadership and 60% effort to direct clinical care in inpatient and/or outpatient palliative care settings.
The Palliative Care Program at Stanford, https://med.stanford.edu/palliative-care.html was established in 2007 as an inpatient consult service and has grown to include over a dozen faculty, providing multidisciplinary care in both inpatient settings and outpatient clinics at 3 sites in the Bay Area (Palo Alto, San Jose, and Emeryville) as well as a growing community partnership program. The inpatient palli...ative care service has dedicated attending physicians, advanced practice providers, social worker and chaplain and sees 130-140 new patients a month at Stanford Hospital, a 600-bed university medical center on Stanford University’s main campus in Palo Alto. Stanford Health Care is a core clinical site for the Stanford Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship which has 5 fellows in each class. Palliative Care Faculty teach routinely not only for the HPM fellowship, but also for learners across the health system, from PA students to the internal medicine housestaff to critical care fellows.
The Palliative Care Section is part of the Division of Primary Care and Population Health. While it is uncommon to have a single academic home for both family medicine and general internal medicine, as well as geriatrics and palliative care, we have much more synergy together than apart and we have a single and shared mission - to serve our community through caring, learning, and innovation for the whole person through all stages of life, and our vision is to reinvent health care by innovating higher value care for our patients and their families, to be national leaders in disseminating what we learn, and to inspire the next generation of primary care and population health scholars and leaders.
Board certification in one’s primary discipline is required which will generally be in either internal medicine or family medicine; candidates must also be board-certified or board-eligible in palliative medicine. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in program development, faculty mentorship, and health system collaborative leadership. A robust research and publication portfolio is not required, but highly desirable. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Send letter of interest and C.V. to Sang-ick Chang, M.D., MPH, Chief of Primary Care & Population Health, at email@example.com.
More information about the Stanford Palliative Care program can be found at https://med.stanford.edu/palliative-care.html
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