Medical Director, Outpatient Psychiatry

Location
Valhalla, NY
Posted
Jan 25, 2023
Ref
33542
Position Type
Permanent
Job Details:

Job Summary:

We are seeking to employ a Medical Director to plan and coordinate psychiatric care and other multidisciplinary patient care services provided by the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY (WMC). The incumbent will be a Psychiatrist supervised by the Section Chief of Outpatient Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry. WMC's ACT Team delivers comprehensive clinical and support services to adult individuals living in the County of Westchester who are diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and whose needs have not been well met by more traditional service delivery approaches. The program is grounded in a recovery-oriented practice and provides an integrated set of evidence-based treatment, rehabilitation, case management, and support services delivered by a mobile, multidisciplinary behavioral health treatment team. ACT individuals often have a treatment history that has been characterized by frequent use of psychiatric hospitalization and emergency rooms, involvement with the criminal justice system, alcohol/substance use, homelessness, and lack of engagement in traditional site-based services. They are a small subset of the SMI population and require the highest level of services and frequent team contacts, and a core ACT principle is that these services are delivered in person and in the community. Individuals are referred to WMC's ACT Team through a Single Point of Access (SPOA) process administered by the County of Westchester, and such referrals may include individuals under a court order for Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT).

Responsibilities:

In addition to the Medical Director, the ACT Team also includes an RN, wellness, family, substance abuse and vocational specialists, and an administrator. The Medical Director has overall clinical responsibility for monitoring treatment and staff delivery of clinical services for ACT individuals, and provides both psychiatric and medical assessment, along with treatment, as well as clinical supervision, education, and training to team members. The incumbent will provide psychopharmacology services related to the development, maintenance, and supervision of medications for psychiatric and medical purposes, including medication assisted treatment (MAT), clozapine and long-acting injectable medications. In addition to duties as Medical Director, the incumbent may also be responsible, as scheduled and assigned, to provide traditional office-based psychiatric care to the general population of patients seeking treatment in WMC's mental health clinic in Valhalla, and to provide consultation and liaison psychiatry services to medical services in the acute care hospital. The Medical Director may also supervise and teach residents, fellows and medical students assigned to the Outpatient Psychiatry section, and may provide services in-person or via telehealth as directed. WMC's ACT Team is available seven (7) days a week, 24/7 by direct phone including an after-hours on-call system.
Qualifications / Requirements:

Applicants must have completed training in General Psychiatry and must be board eligible or board certified in Psychiatry. Must possess or be fully eligible for a New York State medical license. The successful candidate should also have a track record of clinical accomplishments working with patients with serious and persistent mental illness, knowledge and skill working with substance use disorders, and an interest in advancing their knowledge and skills in general psychiatry.

Facility Info:

Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) has been a leading provider of comprehensive behavioral health services for the Hudson Valley for more than 90 years. We offer a full spectrum of inpatient, outpatient, community, and emergency care for individuals and families. World-renowned medical services provided by Westchester Medical Center, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, and Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley (HAHV), combined with strong clinical leadership from the Department of Psychiatry at New York Medical College, keep the WMCHealth at the forefront of meeting the needs of those affected by mental illness and substance abuse. The ACT Team operates on the WMC campus in Valhalla from the hospital's Behavioral Health Center (BHC), which is a freestanding facility operating a 97-bed inpatient psychiatric program for children, adolescents and adults as well as comprehensive outpatient mental health services. In addition to receiving patients directly from WMC's Emergency Medical Services Department, BHC is also a major transfer center for patients requiring psychiatric hospitalization from across the Lower Hudson Valley. WMC Advanced Physician Services PC (APS) is a subsidiary professional corporation employing doctors and mid-level clinicians working in WMCHealth's hospital-based and community-based clinical programs including at HAHV.

Other:

Westchester County features a diversity of urban, suburban and rural areas, and links the NYC metropolitan area with the Hudson Valley, a region surrounded by beautiful mountains and offering an abundance of outdoor activities for residents and visitors alike. Designated as a National Heritage Area, the valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture and a burgeoning food and farmer's market scene. The Hudson Valley also boasts excellent public and private schools with a vibrant higher education culture, as the home to several notable institutions such as Vassar College, Marist College, SUNY New Paltz, Bard College and the Culinary Institute of America, among others. Benefits (minimum work hours apply):
  • Comprehensive benefits, including paid vacation time, CME, and malpractice insurance.
  • An academic appointment to New York Medical College, if appropriate.
  • Collaboration with and support of an integrated team of Behavioral Health professionals.


About Us:

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region's only acute care children's hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley.

Other:

For more information about this opportunity, contact Jasmine Campos, Manager Advanced Clinical Recruitment by email at Jasmine.Campos@wmchealth.org.

About Us:

WMC Advanced Physician Services PC