SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.
Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
The position functions within the Mental Health Outpatient Department to provide clinical psychiatric care for SEARHC patients, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Treatment is primarily outpatient, but may include consultation-liaison and emergency services in some locations. The Psychiatrist collaborates with other SEARHC providers, and works as a member of an interdisciplinary behavioral health team.
The Psychiatrist provides crucial behavioral health services that require a high level of expertise and knowledge. The psychiatrist treats the most complex and seriously ill patients while providing education, consultation and support for patients, their families, and other behavioral health and medical providers. The psychiatrist works under stressful conditions, with patients who may be disoriented, adversarial, and/or at risk of harm to self or others. The psychiatrist provides differential diagnosis, determines level of care, and coordinates treatment with medical providers and other systems of care. These clinical decisions are reached independently or in consultation with peers.
This position requires knowledge of treatment modalities for a wide variety of conditions, ranging from short-term interventions to long-term needs for patients with chronic or disabling issues. The psychiatrist may be called upon to review patient management issues, quality of care, and risk management issues and outcomes. The psychiatrist may specialize in a particular area, such as child psychiatry or geriatrics, to provide specific treatments for these populations. A responsible, respectful, and caring approach is essential to promote the most effective therapeutic relationship with patients, and positive collaboration with other health care professionals. The psychiatrist demonstrates a culturally competence in communication with patients, families, and community members.
The psychiatrist is expected to attend to emergencies within their area of responsibility regardless of external commitments in their lives. This means there are times a psychiatrist will work late or relinquish an outside commitment in order to attend to their patients’ urgent needs.
The SEARHC psychiatrist lives in a small community. Privacy is not an easy commodity for she or he. Psychiatrists outside activities are easily monitored by their community. They are therefore often held to a higher standard, and at the least should not engage in negative role modeling.
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