Director (Clinical)

Associate Medical Director

Type of position: Director (Clinical), Medical Director, Physician

Date Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hospice Program: Tidewell Hospice

Location: 5955 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34238


The Associate Medical Director is a member of the hospice care team and is responsible for the direction and quality of the medical component of care rendered to the patient/family by the interdisciplinary team and the attending physicians accordingly.


Primary tasks, duties, and responsibilities:

  1. Oversees the palliation and management of terminal illness.
  2. Provides medical care interventions targeting unmet general medical needs.
  3. Conducts hospice pre-election evaluation and counseling services.
  4. Collaborates with the IDT/IDG to insure that the medical needs of the patient are met and providing oversight of the plan of care.
  5. Certifies that the patient meets the medical criteria for hospice admission based upon available diagnostic and prognostic indicators
  6. Collaborates with the patient’s attending physician to develop and update the patient’s plan of care, to identify needs not met by the attending physician, and to insure pain and symptom management and control.
  7. Reviews clinical material to document disease process, prescribed medicines, assessment of the patient’s health at time of entry, and the drug regime.
  8. Re-certifies patients as appropriate for continuation of Medicare Hospice Benefit at appropriate levels of care.
  9. Serves as a medical resource to hospice staff, patients, families and attending physicians regarding pain and symptom control management.
  10. Insures the provision of direct medical services to patients either directly or through arrangements, as appropriate, in the absence of the patient’s attending physician.
  11. Attends and actively participates in IDT/IDG conferences as assigned, working in a team approach with other disciplines.
  12. Attends and actively participates in patient/family care conferences as requested
  13. Participates in plan of care development and managing oversight of medications and treatment.
  14. Documents care provided in the patient’s clinical record providing evidence of progression of the end-stage-disease process.
  15. Maintains current knowledge of the latest research and trends in hospice care and pain/symptom management.
  16. Participates in performance improvement programs, as indicated
  17. Provides consultation and education to colleagues and attending physicians related to admission criteria and related end-of-life care for hospice and palliative care.
  18. Develops protocols for treatment and proposing the most current options for interventions.
  19. Communicates and counsels patient/family in dealing with end of life issues.
  20. Participates in the resolution of interpersonal conflict and issues of clinical and ethical concern.
  21. Participates in the development and updating of patient care policies and emergency procedures as requested.
  22. Acts as a liaison to physicians in the community.
  23. Promotes and practices the hospice mission and values, and follows all policies and procedures of Tidewell Hospice.
  24. Participates in clinical on call rotation schedule.


  1. M.D. or D.O. degree from an accredited medical school and is Board Certified in a related specialty.
  2. Current Florida license to practice medicine issued pursuant to Florida Statute 458 or 459.
  3. Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine strongly recommended
  4. Hospital staff privileges at one or more hospitals commonly serving patients in the service area strongly recommended.
  5. Current Florida driver’s license and auto insurance.
  6. Current Federal DEA registration.


  1. Licensed physician in the United States.
  2. Direct clinical medical care experience.
  3. Experience dealing with palliative medicine problems.
  4. Minimum of two (2) years’ active practice out of the preceding three (3) years immediately before Associate Medical Director appointment.


Hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday (Also on call responsibilities)



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