Medical Director Crisis Psychiatry Services

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_MAIN-Main Hospital 

Req ID: 181951

Shift: Any

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


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Job Summary

The Medical Director provides clinical and administrative oversight supporting the operations of the Crisis Psychiatry Services in the CHOP Main ED, King of Prussia ED and the Walk In Crisis unit currently under development at Cedar, in direct collaboration with clinical and administrative leaders in the Division of Integrated Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Health, the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, other unit and hospital leadership, and the Division of Emergency Medicine and Social Work services. The position will provide the director with 0.2 FTE protected time. The Medical Director of Crisis Psychiatry Services will report to the designated Section Director for the Division of Integrated Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioral Health as designated by the Division Leadership.

Job Responsibilities

The Medical Director in alignment with relevant stakeholders shall have key responsibility for the following:

Clinical Administration

  • Training and oversight of quality of various clinician and trainee services.
  • Ensures Unit and Service Line Quality and Safety in alignment with Integrated Division, Department, and enterprise goals and initiatives.
  • Oversight of operations and ongoing process improvement for behavioral health services within and related to Crisis Psychiatry Services including appropriate coverage of service lines including developing these services in new clinical venues such as Cedar Walk in Crisis
  • Develops policy and drives accountability for organizational policies supporting efficient operations of Crisis Psychiatry Services, including new programs and service delivery models and strategic development.
  • Collaborates with all Integrated Division, Department, and relevant enterprise clinical and administrative leadership to align services and priorities and ensure effective integration including participation in relevant meetings and committees.


  • Communicates regularly with Integrated Division Leadership and Section Directors to develop and implement the DCAPBS and Integrated Division strategic priorities.
  • Ensures collaboration with all pertinent CHOP departments maintaining working relationships with key stakeholders using the RACI framework.


  • Develops the strategy for data collection for strategic planning and quality improvement processes for Crisis Psychiatry Services.
  • Develops the strategy for performance metrics (dashboards, key indicators, etc.) for providers in Crisis Psychiatry Services.
  • Develops and support ongoing quality improvement projects for Crisis Psychiatry Services with appropriate stakeholders across enterprise.


  • Supports training programs and promote this asset in mission development.
  • In coordination with DCAPBS training directors and program leaders, supports a quality training environment for existing and new training programs across disciplines, programs at all levels.


  • Supports the Division Leadership and Section Chiefs in fomenting an environment that supports execution of research strategy.

Financial Officer

  • Works with the Integrated Division Leadership and Section Directors to optimize unit finances.
  • Optimizes expense control.
  • Optimizes coding and billing for clinical activity.

Human Resources Manager

  • Effectively motivates and recruits clinical staff within the unit and resolves conflict within leadership group.

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Board Certification - Medical Sub/Specialty in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - upon hire

Required Education and Experience

Required Education:

  • Medical or Osteopathic Medicine


Required Experience:

  • At least three (3) years of clinical pediatric psychiatry experience within academic healthcare institution or other large healthcare institution.
  • Completed Residency in General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience:

  • At least one (1) year of post-graduate clinical experience in settings that include but are not limited to: emergency/crisis psychiatry services, inpatient psychiatric care and/or consult and liaison psychiatry within a general pediatrics hospital.
  • At least 1 year of leadership experience within the field or hospital setting.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Academic recruitment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Leadership skills or existing training program
  • Pediatric psychiatry practice skills

To carry out its mission, CHOP is committed to supporting the health of our patients, families, workforce, and global community.  As a condition of employment, professionals working onsite—at any CHOP location, for any portion of time—must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more. 

CHOP also requires employees who work in patient care buildings to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemptions for valid religious and medical reasons.  Start dates may be delayed until candidates are immunized or exemption requests are reviewed.  

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