Highland General Hospital is the major acute hospital in the Alameda Health System, serving the greater Oakland area and the remainder of Alameda County. The facility has 235 licensed beds and a faculty of 65 specialists and generalists in Medicine, supervising 60 residents in categorical, preliminary, and primary care tracks.
OakCare Medical Group is the primary contractor of professional services for Alameda Health System.
Provides coverage of the Palliative Care Consult service including providing consultations with house staff, AHS medical staff, nursing staff and social work staff requesting Palliative Care consults in a variety of care settings
Participates with and periodically lead a multidisciplinary Palliative Care Consult team providing care to patients and families. The team includes a full time Social Worker, part time Chaplain, Physicians Assistants, and Medicine Residents
Participates in patient and family meetings to discuss goals of care, shared decision making or to help resolve conflicts in decision making, review benefits and burdens of treatment options, and facilitate ethics consults as needed
Assists ward teams in assessing, controlling, and documenting distressing physical and emotional symptoms in patients with advanced illness in accordance with best practices
In collaboration with other Palliative Care Consult team members, provides ongoing information and advocacy to AHS and AHS staff on how and when to access and utilize Palliative Care services
Available for phone coverage to provide Palliative Care expertise to primary teams
Participates in outpatient palliative interdisciplinary clinic evaluating patients and assessing, controlling, and documenting distressing physical and emotional symptoms, goals of care in patients with advanced illness in accordance with best practices along with a social worker and chaplain.
Participates in outpatient weekly team meetings on the weeks in clinic.
Participates in Palliative Care quality improvement initiatives
Leads weekly interdisciplinary team meetings to discuss clinical and operational functions of the Palliative Care service
Participates in team building activities of the Palliative Care service
Participates in faculty recruitment efforts
Participates in the Medicine teaching program as assigned by the Chair of Medicine and/or the Chief of Geriatric and Palliative Care services
Attends, participates in, and prepares conferences during weeks of coverage (examples include Grand Rounds, M and M, and Noon Conferences)
Directs teaching of Residents and Medical Students including lectures, small group didactic teaching, and modeling an approach to patient and family care that reflects cultural humility and attention to psychosocial and spiritual factors affecting their well-being and ability to cope with serious illness
Participates with the in service education programs for AHS nursing staff and other allied health professionals
Supports Resident research activities
Participates in counseling, tutoring, and grief support programs for staff, house staff
Valid California medical license and DEA license
Board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (or Board-eligible and certification within 5 years of start date)
At least two years’ experience in Hospice and Palliative care:
Preferred: Previous experience working in a county hospital or safety-net environment. Teaching experience with residents and medical students.
Desirable: Fluency (spoken and written) in other languages (Spanish, Cantonese) as well as English. Demonstrated high motivation, self-starter, resourcefulness.
Internal Number: IM
About OakCare Medical Group
OakCare Medical Group is a multi-specialty physician group dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare to the people of Alameda County, one of the most culturally diverse counties in the United States. We provide excellent physician services to the patients of Alameda Health System including at their flagship hospital, Highland. Our dual mission includes delivering comprehensive health services to all who seek them and training the next generation of physicians, midwives and other health practitioners.