Physician –Psychiatry


The Physician provides psychiatry and behavioral health services, emphasizing the prevention and treatment of disease. The role of the Physician in a community setting is a response to society's demand for accessible quality health care to all populations regardless of socio-economic status. The Physician is a licensed professional prepared in a specialty residency program who manages actual and potential health problems within the scope of Psychiatry. The health conditions include common, complex and/or advanced diseases needing intensive medical supervision of the prescribed treatment plan. The Physician practices independently and as needed collaborates with nurse practitioners or supervises physician assistants, and other health care providers. The Physician is ultimately responsible for the delivery of medical care within the legal parameters established by the Illinois Medical Practice Act.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates entry of the client into the health care system by assessing the psychiatric, psychological and behavioral health care needs, including eliciting comprehensive health histories, ordering and/or performing pertinent diagnostic tests, analyzing collected data to determine client health status and formulating a problem list (diagnosis).
  • Provides coordinated, continuous and culturally competent psychiatric care to individuals that span the health continuum through mutual goal setting and planning. Prescribes a variety of treatment modalities to meet health and illness needs. Collaborates with other clinic staff such as RN and health educator to assure that health teaching and counseling is provided. Manages and evaluates the plan of care, process and outcome and them modifies the plan as needed.
  • Documents comprehensive, accurate and continual data on clients' records and program reports according to Organization standards in an electronic health record. Strictly adheres to privacy and confidentiality in all written and verbal communication regarding patient care both with internal and external team members and consultants.
  • Provides care in an efficient manner and meets expected productivity levels. Minimizes waste of materials. Keeps work areas (patient treatment rooms and office spaces) organized, clean and free of hazards.
  • Adheres to collaborative practice principles of respect and joint decision making when: providing clinical supervision of the medical care delivered and consulting with team members about managing the client treatment plan. Follows clinical practice standards (protocols) related to each health care providers role and responsibilities.
  • Assures access and continuity of care by providing call for after-hours coverage. Assures continuity by obtaining hospital privileges at designated hospitals. And, collaborates with other professionals and community agencies.
  • Participates in bi-directional quality improvement activities through protocol development and collaborative peer review. Within peer review evaluates the care provided by colleagues based on clinical standards. Implements recommended changes and/or improvements to treatment approaches and/or documentation based on the evaluative process provided by peers.
  • Practices within the legal and ethical guidelines established by the Medical Practice Act, the Physicians Code of Ethics and the Specialty Standards of psychiatric Practice.
  • Adheres to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, American Medical Association (AMA), American Psychiatric Association, private funding sources, Organization plans/policies and Unit guidelines. Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that he/she understands and continues to adhere to such standards. Initiates requests for assistance or guidance from Manager to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position requires supervision of ancillary staff such as registered nurses and medical assistants within the care of an individual patient.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses reasoning and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Keeps emotions under control; provides feedback in a respectful and private manner.
  • Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Monitors own work to ensure quality. Participates in Peer Review process.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience. Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO).
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such a probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Active Illinois Physician licensure, Board certification in Psychiatry (must be completed within two years of employment), documentation of a Medical Degree from an accredited school of Medicine, documentation of residency completion in a specialty area from an accredited residency program and Physician National Data Bank verification of legal claims history.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit.
  • The employee must use hands to finger, handle, or feel
  • The employee must reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Heartland Health Center makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at (312) 660-1431.

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