University of Massachusetts Medical School

Area Medical Directo- Department of Mental Health Central Massachusetts Area

Job Location US-MA-Worcester
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/5/2018 11:23 AM)
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The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) seeks a board certified psychiatrist to serve as the Area Medical Director for Central Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH).  The Area Medical Director’s primary responsibility is to provide administrative and clinical oversight for the DMH operated and contracted community and facility based service system.  As a clinical leader within DMH, we are looking for inspired leadership in the recovery model of care for the people we serve.  More specific responsibilities include utilization management, risk management, support for DMH initiatives, and oversight of clinical and psychopharmacology services.  A full-time Area Medical Director may spend about 20% working on special projects as directed by the DMH State Medical Director.  A UMMS academic faculty appointment will be based on prior experience.  There are opportunities for research, including protected time depending on experience and goals.  Successful candidates must be a licensed Massachusetts physician with board certification in psychiatry.  Preferred qualifications would include facility in teaching professionals, lay public, consumers, as well as trainees such as medical students and residents.


  • Provide clinical consultation to DMH inpatient and outpatient facility medical directors and area child psychiatrists, including oversight of psychopharmacology and other MD clinical practices at all DMH operated sites and contracted inpatient services.


  • Provide clinical consultation to facility and community service providers, including DMH contracted providers and programs as well as state operated community services (PACT, CBFS, Emergency Services, etc).


  • Oversee initial clinical service authorization determinations, complete clinical service authorization appeals including providing testimony as needed


  • Provide utilization management activities (e.g length of stay in facilities) and support community transitions through inpatient and provider consultation.



  • Establish an effective working relationship with DMH Area Director who is the primary reporting supervisor for the Area Medical Director. This relationship is collaborative, highly professional, and respectful of the clinical expertise provided by the AMD.


  • Provide clinical leadership through participation in the area executive committee and other relevant committees as assigned by Area Director and statewide meeting/committees as requested by Area Director or the DMH State Medical Director.


  • Advance the DMH mission by working to support person centered and recovery focused clinical services (evidenced based, trauma informed, allowing choice, etc.) for individuals served by DMH. Actively support the DMH restraint and seclusion reduction initiative, the EHS Tobacco Free Campus Policy, and Health and Wellness activities developed by DMH sites, Areas and Providers.


  • Doctor of Medicine; with professional psychiatry certification
  • Valid MA Medical License
  • Board Certified

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