Job Description

Chief of Internal Medicine

Summary: The Chief of Internal Medicine is responsible for the development and implementation of clinical and administrative processes within the respective department that enhance clinical quality, safety, access, patient experience, and team-based care.  The Chief will champion the mission and vision of the health center to propagate a highly motivated and engaged provider group and ensure smooth functioning of the department.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:   All duties are subject to accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Provides clinical direction and leadership to the Department of Internal Medicine.  Drives program, process, and quality improvements to elevate the entire service line and the care it provides. Aligns resources towards achievement of results.
  • Provides comprehensive, coordinated medical care, including preventive, maintenance, and acute care, to adult patients across the spectrum utilizing the resources of the Health Center and, when necessary, refers to appropriate specialized resources of health care.
  • Provides adult medical care consistent with the scope of duties and responsibilities for which the Pediatrician has been privileged by the Health Center Board of Directors
  • Works with senior leaders to identify strategies to improve department performance related to clinical operations and meeting fiscal performance goals.
  • Works closely with the CMO to optimize clinical quality in the respective department, including organizing and prioritizing quality measures, communicating performance expectations, monitoring performance, and leading efforts to improve.
  • Partners with department leadership to ensure smooth daily operations of the respective department, including meeting productivity targets and ensuring adequate provider coverage/availability.
  • Monitors productivity standards, communicates expectations to department, and implements plans for improvement.
  • Performs supervision of department physicians and advance practice providers and provides feedback for performance evaluations of other clinical staff.
  • Champions the adoption of new electronic medical record features, population health programs, and data improvement processes to support efficiency, quality improvement and improved workflows.
  • Supports and facilitates compliance with established clinical and agency policies and procedures, including QI/QA and medical records, in accordance with Joint Commission and PCMH standards, and federal and state mandates, including FTCA regulations and scope of practice.
  • Develops and implements new or revised policies and procedures under the direction of the CMO.
  • Leads department meetings to communicate new ideas, organizational and operational priorities, and other relevant issues.
  • Devotes .9 FTE to treating patients in a clinical setting and .1 FTE to administrative responsibilities.
  • Participates in on call, expanded hours, and after- hours coverage and arranges for coverage during absence for vacation, professional education, or other leave time.
  • Maintains staff privileges from Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center to facilitate hospital admissions and ensure optimal care coordination.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Possess license to practice medicine in the State of Connecticut
  • Board certified
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational skills, and decision–making skills
  • Excellent computer skills and a significant base of Electronic Medical Record experience
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population

Education and/or Experience:

  • Graduate of an accredited medical residency program or an accredited, nationally recognized physician assistant or nurse practitioner training program.
  • Minimum of three to five years’ experience as a provider in adult ambulatory care
  • Experience working within a community health center is preferred
  • Demonstrated accomplishment and leadership in a community–based, culturally diverse health care delivery setting

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
The physical requirements and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires the manual dexterity sufficient to operate phones, computers, and other office equipment. The position requires the physical ability to kneel, bend and perform light lifting. This person must have the ability to write and speak clearly using the English language to convey information and be able to hear at normal speaking levels both in person and over the telephone. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Generally, the working conditions are good with little or no exposure to extremes in health, safety hazards and/or hazardous materials. This person must have the ability to travel as required to work with staff.

How to Apply

Southwest Community Health Center Bridgeport