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Medical Director of Respite Programs (Boston, MA)

Position Title:            Medical Director Respite Programs

Hours:                          Full Time

Department:              Medicine

Reports to:                  Medical Director

Exemption Status:        Exempt

Job Summary:

Since 1985, the mission of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) has remained to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all persons experiencing homelessness in the greater Boston area. We are a federally-qualified community health center with over 40 sites in the Boston area, but we’re also a team of case managers, social workers, nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, behavioral health specialists, recovery coaches, front desk staff, facilities staff and others who work to care for the most vulnerable citizens of our city.  BHCHP’s Medical Respite program—which today encompasses both the Barbara McInnis House (BMH) and Stacy Kirkpatrick House (SKH)—is one of the oldest and largest in the country.

Our Medical Respite program was created to provide short-term medical and recuperative services in a dignified setting for homeless individuals well enough for hospital discharge but too sick to be discharged to the shelter or street. These are medically complex cases: The most common conditions managed in Medical Respite include infections (e.g., pneumonia, cellulitis, abscesses, HIV, and most recently COVID-19), acute exacerbations of chronic disease (e.g., COPD, CHF, ESLD), peri-operative and peri-procedural care needs, cancer care, and end of life care. Co-morbid psychiatric illnesses and substance use disorders are prevalent. 

As our new Medical Director of Respite Programs, you will lead a multi-disciplinary medical staff at BMH (104 beds) and SKH (20 beds) while maintaining high quality standards of patient care. You’ll work in close collaboration with our Director of Nursing for Medical Respite, Director of Operations for Medical Respite, and Associate Medical Director of Respite Programs, to oversee the daily respite operations at BHCHP. You will also maintain close working relationships with area hospitals, homeless shelters, and other community partners.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Clinical Care and Management

Serves as clinical leader of the respite medical staff, providing support, guidance, patient care, and critical evaluation, with direct responsibility for overseeing patient care on one assigned clinical team within respite

  • Supervises, mentors, and collaborates with nurse practitioners and physician assistants
  • Hires and supervises an Associate Medical Director of Respite Programs, who shares on-call and clinical leadership responsibilities with the Medical Director of Respite Programs
  • This position may support up to 4 weeks per year of inpatient care at local hospitals

Administrative Leadership

  • Working with clinical leadership in the overall vision-setting, management, and resource stewardship of the Medical Respite Program, which employs roughly 250 staff, including over 100 nurses
  • Promotes communication between the Medical Respite program and other parts of BHCHP
  • Participates in relevant committees, serving as co-chair of the Clinical Care Committee and co-chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Participates in other appropriate BHCHP-wide committees including, but not limited to, Senior Management Team, Management Team, Emergency Preparedness and Safety Task Force, and the Quality and Efficiency Committee

Teaching, Research, and Quality Improvement

  • Ensures growth of the clinical knowledge of Medical Respite staff (including NPs and PAs) and trainees from local medical schools/hospitals through educational opportunities and individual mentoring
  • Holds regular educational seminars on topics relevant to Medical Respite clinical care, including case conferences and Morbidity & Mortality Reviews of any adverse clinical events


  • MD with primary care specialty (Internal Medicine or Family Medicine)
  • At least 3 years of clinical experience as an MD caring for underserved populations
  • DEA X-waiver required
  • Familiarity with hospital medicine, addiction medicine, and/or Health Care for the Homeless program(s) is desired
  • Prior managerial/administrative experience is preferred
  • Strong understanding of the complex health problems of homeless people, substance use disorder, harm reduction strategies, and the social determinants of health. An understanding of the historical and current effects of racism and xenophobia in the health care setting is desired 

Does this amazing opportunity interest you? Then we’d love to hear from you.

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