Responsible for overseeing the medical activities of the United Planning Organisation, Comprehensive Treatment Center Opioid Treatment Program.Examines and evaluates the physical condition of patients, formulates diagnosis, prescribes treatment and/or referral to other health care professionals and determines an appropriate medication regimen.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION:Conduct medical exams and establish doses for buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone clients, including initial and annual physical examinations.Confer with counsellors, attend review boards, client treatment staff meetings, and contribute to treatment plans. Evaluate clients' progress and make recommendations for changes in medical treatment and/or dosages as required. Acts as consultant regarding medical problems as they arise. Consult with other physicians regarding the care of clients and review the status of referrals. Make inpatient/outpatient referrals to other medical facilities/services. Write orders for buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone and other prescribed medication required for necessary patient care. Prepare emergency medications. Provide medical consultation to nursing and clinical staff. Perform ongoing reviews of case files to ensure compliance with federal and state requirements and regulations. Serve as a member of the treatment team to advise on the course of client care. Provide training on buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone, drugs and withdrawal/detoxification to new staff and substance abuse counsellors.
Provide lectures/information for clients as needed on buprenorphine, naltrexone, methadone, drugs of abuse and their treatment. Perform client monitoring for Diversion Control Procedures. Prepare and review client and program policies. Provide consultation to Treatment staff in weekly meetings to consult on client cases. Provide emergency care to clients on the premises. Provide on call coverage when needed to the Opioid Treatment Program. Review client medications for drug interactions on a quarterly basis or as needed. Review all take-home requests and drug screen results.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Doctor of Medicine (MD). Experience in responsible medical positions, including some experience in the rehabilitation persons with substance use disorders. Possession of a certificate of registration to practice medicine in DC, possession of a certificate of registration with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, and the State Board of Pharmacy in the District of Columbia. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, effective planning and organisational skills along with technological competence and data management systems. Must be able to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.