Serves as a Physician (Internist) at Sacred Peaks Health Center, Flagstaff, Arizona, which involves performance of medical care services for adult patients in the hospital, clinic and designated health care facilities.
Primary assignments include providing comprehensive continuity health and medical care for adult patients. The health care provided primarily involves patients who have common internal ailments and disabilities where the courses of treatment are fairly well known. The scope of health care delivered is typically determined by the availability of facilities or by referrals for patients requiring more complete or specialized diagnostic or treatment services.
Assumes responsibility for the diagnosis, prevention, continuity of care, and rehabilitation of adult patients. Typical, but not all-inclusive assignments include the following:
- Conducts outpatient continuity clinics appropriate to the outpatient’s underlying disease and treatment plan, including current symptoms. Reviews the patient’s medication, diet, therapy course, adherence to management plan; modifies regimen as indicated. Appropriately instructs and counsels patients and family members as required.
- Interviews and examines hospitalized patients, reviews past medical history, and requests and/or performs diagnostic tests and examinations deemed, necessary to obtain all possible information related to each case. Makes preliminary diagnosis, directs, prescribes or provides treatment, or arranges for specialized care or patient referral as required. Bases decisions upon information obtained, professional medical knowledge and skills and policies and procedures. Makes notes of observations to be incorporated into clinical records. Provides emergency care as required. Provides definitive management in all medical categories for cases that do not require referral. Gives care including prevention, health maintenance, early diagnosis, and treatment and follow-up services to patients under his/her care.
- Prepares appropriate medical records for all patients seen to assure the accumulation and organization of all pertinent clinical data needed to provide comprehensive medical care. Dictates clinical reports and correspondence concerning patients under his/her care to physicians, hospitals and other individuals and facilities.
- Refers patients to appropriate contracted medical or other government facilities, providing full clinical information for care and diagnostic procedures that cannot be adequately provided here. Coordinates and integrates information obtained into the ongoing Health Care Program at TCRHCC and assures the provision of timely follow-up care as required.
- Works closely with allied health professionals (i.e., Community Health Nurse, Social Workers, Health Educator, etc.) to utilize and coordinate the services of other health care professionals in the management of the patient’s medical, psychological and social problems.
- Responsible for electronic health records data entry pertinent to patient service role.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFORT
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to walk several hundred yards quickly, write well, hear well (for cardiac examinations) and see well for complete diagnostic skills.
Must be able to perform night call on a regular basis and handle the stresses of rural medicine with critically ill patients.