The Medical Director has the overall responsibility for medical direction of the care and treatment of the patients and their families rendered by the hospice care team. Consults with and cooperates with patient's attending physician. The Medical Director educates practicing physicians and others engaged in health care services regarding the hospice program and its potential benefits to patients.
License to practice medicine in the state in which the program is operating. Board certification in a medical specialty which deals with care of the terminally ill, such as Internal Medicine, Oncology or Family Practice, with at least a working knowledge of medical oncology and demonstrated expertise in the principles of palliative medicine and symptom management.
Qualified candidates must have knowledge of the principles and practice of primary medical care, with at least a working knowledge of oncology. Knowledge of palliative care with particular emphasis on control of symptoms associated with terminal illness. Ability to work collaboratively with patients' attending physicians to implement the hospice program and effect optimum medical care. Ability to work collaboratively with hospice employees and volunteers as part of an interdisciplinary team. Membership in good standing on the medical staff of an accredited hospital in the state in which the hospice is located. Medical malpractice and liability insurance in amounts and with carriers satisfactory to VITAS.
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