Sports Medicine Fellowship Director and Lead Team Physician - Drexel
Tower Health is a strong, regional, integrated healthcare provider/payer system that offers leading-edge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services to a population of 2.5 million people. With more than 14,000 team members, Tower Health consists of Reading Hospital in West Reading; Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville; Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia; Jennersville Hospital in West Grove; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown; and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, a partnership of Tower Health and Drexel University in Philadelphia. It also includes Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing; Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in West Reading; home healthcare services provided by Tower Health at Home; and a network of 22 urgent care facilities across the Tower Health service area. Tower Health offers a connected network of 2,200 physicians, specialists, and providers across more than 230 convenient locations.
The Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship and Lead Team Physician is a Physician with a CAQ in Sports Medicine that is assigned by the President of Drexel who is independent from the Department of Athletics and performs as the Program Director of the Drexel College of Medicine (DUCOM) / Tower Health Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. The Director will have authority and accountability for the overall program, including compliance with all applicable program requirements. The Director will possess the ability to plan, organize, implement, direct and coordinate all fellowship program activities. As per ACGME requirements the Director will devote at least 10 hours per week, on average, of their professional effort to administering the program, teaching and supervising the sports medicine fellows. The Director's role will be to pursue the full development of the division in terms of quality of care, volume, scope of services and cost‑effectiveness, and to organize and manage the overall physician component of the program. The Director will have the responsibility, authority, and accountability for: administration and operations; teaching and scholarly activity; fellow recruitment and selection; evaluation; promotion of fellows; disciplinary action; supervision of fellows; and fellow education in the context of patient care. The Director will have autonomous authority to determine medical management and return‑to‑play decisions. The Director is responsible for the diagnosis, management and return‑to‑play determinations of the Drexel University student‑athletes. The Director will conduct programs in a manner designed to address the physical well‑being of college student‑athletes (i.e., to balance health and performance). The Director will have clear authority for student‑athlete care and follow the NCAA Independent Medical Care for College Student‑Athletes Guidelines. The Director will provide independent medical care in an "athlete‑centered care" approach, which is focused on the individual student‑athletes needs and concerns.
- Serve as the Lead Team Physician while being a role model of professionalism and developing best practice guidelines for patient care.
- Serve as Lead Team Physician for any conference or NCAA tournaments hosted by Drexel Athletics, which includes planning and development of Emergency Action Plans and coverage of the event.
- Design and conduct the program in a fashion consistent with the needs of the community and the mission(s) of DUCOM, Tower Health and THMG.
- Administer and maintain a learning environment conducive to educating the fellows in each of the ACGME Competency domains.
- Develop and oversee a process to evaluate candidates prior to approval as program faculty members for participation in the fellowship program education at all sites.
- Determine if it is necessary to remove fellows from supervising interactions and/or learning environments that do not meet the standards of the program.
- Obtain review and approval of the DUCOM and Tower Health's DIO before submitting information or requests to the ACGME, as required in the Institutional Requirements and outlined in the ACGME Program Director's Guide to the Common Program Requirements.
- Ensure the program's compliance with the DUCOM, Tower Health and THMG's policies and procedures related to grievances and due process when action is taken to suspend or dismiss, not to promote, or not to renew the appointment of a fellow. Develops, coordinates and provides input on the development and maintenance of practice guidelines, policies, and methodologies for department specific patient care.
- Develop, implement, and monitor health and safety policies, practices, and procedures in compliance with regulations and NCAA best practices in conjunction with the Head Athletic Trainer.
- Coordinate and develop with DUCOM, Tower Health DIO and THMG Leadership program's DIO program letters of agreement with training sites.
- Provide applicants who are offered an interview with information related to the applicant's eligibility for the relevant subspecialty board examination(s).
- Provide a learning and working environment in which fellows can raise concerns and provide feedback in a confidential manner as appropriate, without fear of intimidation or retaliation.
- Communicate with the department chair regarding the running of the residency program, support for the program and any potential issues.
- Bimonthly division meetings to facilitate quality care, staff development and troubleshooting of identified issues in patient care.
- Participate in Department of Athletics staff training and meetings.
- Demonstrates consistent, efficient, cost effective, quality care and oversees all aspects of the multidisciplinary care.
- Maintains utilization of ancillaries and pharmacy costs within accepted managed care standards.
- Reports quality of care issues promptly to appropriate individuals and coordinates the transition of the patient.
- Meets established health information and hospital standards for documentation on turnaround times.
- Coordinates and participates in all relevant QA/PI and peer review activities as required by the Medical Staff, Department and Hospital and AAAHC accreditation processes and compliance for the unit.
- Provide full spectrum of medical care: ensure pre‑participation physicals, diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, support overall wellness, immunizations, nutrition, mental health, etc. on new and returning student‑athletes and final decision on return to play in cases of differing professional opinions.
- Serve on the Drexel Athletics Performance and Treatment teams in a leadership capacity.
- Coordinate with student health administrative staff regarding records management, billing, monitoring, referrals, etc.
- Assist with marketing of sports medicine services to referring providers.
- Collaborates with the Department Administrator to establish program goals and objectives consistent with those of the hospital and ensure that those are being met.
- Create curriculum with requisite goals and objectives and ensure that these are distributed to faculty, trainees.
- Cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with off‑campus medical providers and medical specialty consultants for referral and consultation.
- Cultivate relationships with Intercollegiate Athletics staff to the health, wellbeing, and safety of student‑athletes.
- Consistently demonstrates positive interpersonal relationships with colleagues, hospital personnel, and patients/family in order to achieve maximum operational effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
- Participate in the hiring and dismal of Sports Medicine fellowship faculty as needed.
- Evaluate faculty on an annual basis for the continued participation of the program based on evaluation.
- Review and sign all funding agreements regarding trainee stipends and updated information for allocation agreements, as needed.
- Plan and organize required annual retreats (e.g., clinical faculty retreats, trainee retreats).
- Survey alumni for feedback on trainee experiences and relevancy to current practice locations on a biannual basis.
- Review surveys and ensure information is up to date in various GME systems (AMSSM, ACSM, ACGME ADS, professional organizations, ERAS, NRMP). Designation of Core Faculty members to ensure completion of the ACGME annual survey by core faculty.
- Review the ordering of equipment/supplies for trainees, as needed.
- Sign Supervising Physician Agreements for the athletic trainers hired by the division of athletics. Supervise the mid‑level practitioner(s) and develop the scope of practice while conducting performance reviews and providing professional development opportunities.
- Define, adjust, and manage scope and levels of services in collaboration with campus stakeholders including Intercollegiate Athletics.
- Serve as liaison for Sports Medicine services at Drexel College of Medicine between the University and local community and to the Student‑Athlete Advisory Committee.
- Provide the head athletic trainer annual feedback upon request of the athletic training staff.
- Assist in any continuing education programs for the athletic trainers.
- Assist the Head Athletic Trainer in educating the student‑athletes and coaches as required by the NCAA. Assist in NCAA Drug Testing procedures.
- Coordinate strategic planning, short‑term goal setting, and priorities for the sports medicine unit in conjunction with the Head Athletic Trainer.
- Assist the Head Athletic Trainer with Division of Athletics Sports Medicine budget and financial management including billing and compliance with related rules and regulations.
- Direct and oversee the delivery of sports medicine services for student‑athletes: develop standards of care, establish and evaluate programs for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of illness and injury, and coordinate services with primary care, orthopedics, mental health, etc.
- Provide instruction and direction for fellows, residents, externs, graduate and undergraduates students in the sports medicine, as needed.
- Collaborate with Undergraduate Studies, Admissions, Drexel University Police, Counseling Center, General Counsel, Student Conduct, Residential Life, and other stakeholders to lend subject matter expertise; prepare for and respond to emergencies, crises, and critical incidents; and promote a campus‑wide community of care.
- Represent Drexel University and Athletics as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association committee on competitive safeguards and medical aspects of sports.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- A member of good standing of the medical staff of the hospital
- A Licensed MD or DO in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics or Emergency Medicine in the State of Pennsylvania and is board certified and a CAQ in Sports Medicine
- Controlled substance license with current DEA number
- Eligible or currently credentialed with insurance companies and hospital affiliation
- Eligible or currently possess NPI number
- 5 years of experience in Graduate Medical Education/Residency Training and Sports Medicine practice
- 5 years of supervisory, management, or leadership experience
- Demonstrates a work history of positive collegial relations with colleagues, support staff, hospital‑based providers, administrators and patients.
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