Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
The pediatric hospitalist positions are located within the Clinical Center's Department of Perioperative Medicine (DPM) at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC), in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The GS-14 pediatric hospitalist will serve as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team and will work with a variety of other members from the team including but not limited to: research physicians and scientists, therapists, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists, technicians, clinical research nurses, nurse specialists and a variety of support and ancillary staff. The GS-14 pediatric hospitalist reports directly to the Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Clinical Center (CC), is the 200-bed research hospital and ambulatory care research facility in Bethesda, Maryland that supports the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health. It is the largest inpatient facility in the country devoted exclusively to clinical research, and provides a full range of services from ambulatory care to critical care and special procedures. The focus at the CC on early phase and first-in-human clinical trials and on the study of rare diseases makes it possible to rapidly translate scientific observations and laboratory discoveries into new approaches for diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease.
The ideal candidate will have experience as a pediatric hospitalist whose clinical practice has been primarily focused on the care of patients admitted to many pediatric hospital areas, including the acute care pediatric ward, labor and delivery, the newborn nursery, the emergency department, the neonatal intensive care unit, or pediatric intensive care units. Fellowship training in pediatric hospital medicine, hematology-oncology, or pediatric intensive care, while not required are highly desirable. In this role, the pediatric hospitalist will independently assess acute and non-acute clinical problems and toxicities, appropriately consult with medical staff colleagues from the institute or program, and report rapidly changing clinical conditions, including the recognition and management of changes in clinical status. In collaboration with the primary research and clinical care team, the pediatric hospitalist will evaluate and treat serious acute complications of common conditions; evaluate and treat children with special health care needs, technology-dependent children, and/or children with multiple comorbidities; will co-manage surgical patients, provide sedation and pain management; perform elected invasive procedures (airway management, venous access, arterial puncture, placement of feeding tubes, needle thoracotomy). Responsibilities include: performing and documenting physical assessments and patient histories; predicting and analyzing trends in patient conditions; developing patient management plans in response to data obtained; documenting these plans in progress notes and communicating and collaborating with the multidisciplinary research team to develop patient management strategies that are successful in meeting complex, subtle, and challenging patient care and research needs.
As part of a team of pediatric hospitalists, the incumbents will provide on-call clinical responsibilities on a rotational basis. Days, nights, and weekend shift coverages will be required. Skills with procedures including lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, paracentesis, fine needle aspirate, central line removal, arterial blood gas, suturing, skin punch biopsy, and airway management (mask ventilation, endotracheal intubation) are highly desirable. The pediatric hospitalist will also perform and interpret screening labs and other therapeutic procedures appropriate to the age and situation of the patient, prescribe and/ or maintain medication regimens during emergencies, act as an active member of the code blue team. Additionally, the pediatric hospitalist will monitor and document response to therapy and adjust the plan of care per protocol specifications, standards of practice, and society guidelines.
Additional duties include the following:
Design and implementation of simulation scenarios related to pediatric emergency events.
Oversees the simulation training of staff members of the pediatric unit and pediatric anesthesia and critical care teams.
Design and implementation of performance improvement projects for the Pediatric observation unit.
In order to apply to this position, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov, and search under vacancy number, NIH-CC-DH-18-10114031. Applications must be received between Wednesday, January 31, 2018 and Friday, February 9, 2018. For questions about the application process, please contact Christine Van Bemmel at Vanbemmelck@nih.gov or 301-827-1271.
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A full benefits package (including retirement, health, life and long term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available.
HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, without discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. All applicants will be subject to a background investigation.