Podiatrist

DEPARTMENT: Medical

REPORTS TO: Chief Medical Officer

 

Summary:

Podiatrists for UHC provide podiatric health care to patients that includes preventative care and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Podiatrists, also known as doctors of podiatric medicine (DPM's), diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot and lower leg.

Treat corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, bunions, heel spurs, and arch problems; ankle and foot injuries, deformities, and infections; and foot complaints associated with diabetes and other diseases. To treat these problems, podiatrists prescribe drugs and physical therapy, set fractures, and perform procedures. They also fit corrective shoe inserts called orthotics, design plaster casts and strapping to correct deformities, and design custom-made shoes. Deals with systemic diseases such as arthritis and manage patients who suffer from foot problems associated with diabetes. They also refer patients to other physicians and specialists if they detect larger medical issues. Podiatrists also prescribe medication, physical therapy and corrective devices to further aid the healing of foot diseases and deformities

Summary of Responsibilities:

Works closely with the Chief Medical Officer, Associate Medical Director, Clinic Manager and other members of the clinic management team to:

* Provides medical services in a health clinic setting and is responsible for providing medical care to UHC patients and the general public.

* Diagnose diseases, conditions, and illnesses of patients presenting at UHC.

* He or she needs to review x-ray and laboratory findings.

* It will be the duty to prescribe the appropriate type of medicine and treatment.

* Responsible for referring patients for special types of diagnostic treatments or medical procedures and coordinates plans for treatments.

* Provides medical consultation to prevention, treatment, care and diagnosis of health conditions and problems.

* Responsibility to keep and prepare accurate medical charting and records using electronic medical records system.

* Responsible for ensuring documentation compliance with health programs and insurances.

1. PERFORMANCE AREA 1: Medical Services

a. Supports the mission and vision of UHC by delivering podiatric care to UHC patients. Care includes ordering follow-up care such as: diagnose, treat, record, refer and review care within a health center setting.

b. Supports the quality improvement and compliance goals of the health center by ensuring that UHC meets with required regulations as defined by BPHC and other contracted entities.

c. Completes clinical notes within a timely fashion for each patient visit using SOAP format.

d. Supports the organization by abiding by medical records guidelines for chart maintenance.

e. Provide accurate data on encounter form. Read and sign off on all medical records, lab results, and other patient data using EMR charting product.

f. Prepare, supervise, and implement treatment plans. Review developed plans.

g. Generate and review patient referrals.

h. Provide supervision to mid-level practitioners, including consultations and review of charts.

i. Supports continuity of care for patients by possibly participating in on-call and hospitalization schedules outside of health center schedule.

j. Responsible for referring patients to support services (when appropriate) for counseling and education.

k. Interact with and maintain referral resources.

2. PERFORMANCE AREA 2: Podiatry Services

a. Podiatrists, also known as doctors of podiatric medicine (DPM's), diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot and lower leg.

b. Treat corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, bunions, heel spurs, and arch problems; ankle and foot injuries, deformities, and infections; and foot complaints associated with diabetes and other diseases. To treat these problems, podiatrists prescribe drugs and physical therapy, set fractures, and perform surgery. They also fit corrective shoe inserts called orthotics, design plaster casts and strapping to correct deformities, and design custom-made shoes.

c. Deals with systemic diseases such as arthritis and manage patients who suffer from foot problems associated with diabetes. They also refer patients to other physicians and specialists if they detect larger medical issues. Podiatrists also prescribe medication, physical therapy and corrective devices to further aid the healing of foot diseases and deformities.

3. PERFORMANCE AREA 3: General Corporate Expectations

a. Attends and actively participates in all meetings (e.g., department meetings, program meetings, employee staff meetings) and other activities as required or assigned.

b. Attends workshops/seminars as necessary to increase skills and knowledge to provide effective care, treatment, and/or leadership.

c. Supports the overall needs of the health center by working flexible or extended hours when necessary.

d. Supports the needs of the health center by traveling to other UHC clinics when staffing needs dictate the need for licensed personnel.

e. Demonstrates awareness of, and compliance with, organizational mission and objective of UHC to provide health care access and support services for all members of the community.

f. Supports their own staff development by completing the required hours of continuing education each year.

g. Other work-related duties as assigned by supervisor. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally either verbally or in writing.

h. Maintains confidentiality and respect for information regarding patients and other team members; abides by UHC Rules of Confidentiality and general HIPAA regulations regarding privacy.

i. Displays a positive, professional and respectful demeanor at all times toward fellow staff members, peers, professional contacts, and patients served, maintaining a professional appearance and positive image for the health centers.

j. Contributes to the team by promoting positive staff interaction, maintains open communication with other programs/departments.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION

* The basic degree required is the graduation from accredited university or school with a DPM degree.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION:

* Possess a valid CA Medical License

* Possess a current DEA Certification

* Valid CA Driver’s License

* Board Certified (or Board Eligible)

* DPM

PRIOR EXPERIENCE:

* 2 years + experience in a healthcare setting, preferably in an ambulatory care setting.

SKILLS

* Able to quickly build and maintain rapport with patients and providers of differing backgrounds; team player

* Bilingual (English/Spanish)

* Customer-service oriented

* Intermediate to Strong computer skills

* Positive professional insight

* Flexibility and dependability

* Demonstrated good problem-solving skills; sound judgment

* Effective leadership/supervisory skills

* Modern office practices and procedures including email

* Attention to detail and excellent follow-through on work tasks

* Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

* Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds and push up to 50 pounds (on wheels).

* Must be able to hear staff on the phone and those who are served in-person, and speak clearly in order to communicate information to patients and staff.

* Ability to keyboard. Typing or otherwise working with fingers for long periods of time. Not with hand or whole arm.

* Is expected to remain on their feet in an upright position for continuous periods of time without being able to leave the work area?

* Is expected to walk for long periods of time between exam rooms.

* Must be able to read memos, computer screens, personnel forms and clinical and administrative documents.

* Must have high manual dexterity.

* Must be able to reach above the shoulder level to work, must be able to bend, squat and sit, stand, stoop, crouch, reach, kneel, twist/turn