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Family Medicine Physician

Seward Community Health Center

This is a Contract position in Seward, AK posted June 26, 2021.

Job Purpose

This position’s main function is to provide primary medical care to patients of all ages at SCHC. There are additional responsibilities that may involve some administrative functions such as overseeing programs, participating in community outreach and education, participating in quality assurance and staff meetings, and generally performing tasks that maximize quality of care provided to SCHC patients.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assess, diagnose and treat acute illnesses
  • Manage chronic health problems
  • Conduct physical exams, sports physicals and preventive medicine/wellness visits
  • Provide urgent/walk-in care and some possible emergency care
  • Carry out basic primary medical care procedures (e.g., casting and suturing)
  • Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests
  • Assist in the development of a treatment plan and appropriate follow up care
  • Educate patients about the diagnosis, treatment plan, and preventive policies and procedures
  • Consult with and refer to specialists as needed
  • Participate with specialty clinics conducted at the health center by specialty physicians
  • Maintain current written collaborative agreements with collaborative midlevel clinicians
  • Participate in patient education and preventive policies and procedures.
  • Participate in community outreach and education efforts as requested.
  • Participate in staff quality assurance meetings, provider meetings and other staff meetings
  • Work with members of the SCHC Care Coordination Team to manage patients with chronic/complex illnesses.
  • Obtain informed consent for all procedures
  • Exercise prescriptive authority as outlined in Alaska statutes
  • Document patient visit appropriately in electronic health record (EHR)
  • Maintain patient confidentiality per HIPAA requirements
  • Keep current on new knowledge gained from conferences, workshops, professional literature, or other training and assimilates this knowledge into clinical practice
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



  • Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree from an accredited medical school.
  • Board Certified or board eligible in applicable field (e.g., Family Medicine), or a minimum of three years of family practice.


  • Current State of Alaska physician license.
  • Maintain certifications and training necessary to meet SCHC credentialing policies.


  • Three or more years’ experience in an outpatient health clinic setting. Experience in a community health center setting working with underserved populations preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing quality improvement programs.


  • Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of SCHC as a federally qualified health center serving patients of all ages and socio-economic status regardless of ability to pay with particular concern for those in targeted, under-served populations
  • Commitment to culturally sensitive patient involvement in their own health care decision-making, and supporting patients to establish and accomplish their health care goals and desired outcomes
  • Skill, knowledge and consistently demonstrated professionalism in the practice of primary medical health care following recognized best and evidence based practices
  • Knowledge of the behavioral and social health needs of patients
  • Ability and proficiency in accurately completing patient electronic medical records in a timely manner using the EHR systems chosen by SCHC
  • Ability to effectively order, interpret, track and follow up on lab, imaging and other diagnostic tests and procedures with patients and consultative specialists working with other members of the SCHC clinical team
  • Ability and willingness to take on future leadership roles as requested and appropriate
  • Ability to interact positively and personably with patients, family members and SCHC staff members
  • Ability to become a leading SCHC team member working towards a common goal of delivering high quality health and medical care to the people of Seward and the surrounding area as well as tourists and visitors
  • Ability to work with a wide range of patients of varied socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds as well as alternative lifestyles
  • Knowledgeable about and proficient in using appropriate coding and billing techniques as required by SCHC, third party payers and clearinghouses and governmental agencies
  • Ability to work independently and use good judgment in prioritizing work demands and managing time in a busy practice environment
  • Ability and commitment to understand and follow SCHC policies, procedures and directives from the Medical Director, Executive Director and Board of Directors while also providing insightful and constructive input and opinion in the development and implementation of such policies, procedures and directives
  • Ability to complete difficult/complex tasks effectively and in a timely manner
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively using verbal, written and electronic formats

Working Conditions

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee generally works within the interior of a healthcare clinic/office environment. Employee may travel between multiple worksites and be responsible for own transportation. Out of area travel may be required on occasion. The general work environment is clean with a moderate temperature and noise level. Employee will be required to use a computer and other office equipment and participate in communication through typing, reading, writing and telephones, etc. The employee may be in contact with patients under all conditions and circumstances, e.g., illness, emotional duress and hostility. Daily work activities also involve contact with the general public, staff members and various agency representatives under all conditions and circumstances.
  • The employee may be exposed to infectious waste, blood, body fluids, communicable/infectious diseases, air contaminants and hazardous chemicals. All SCHC facilities are non-smoking. SCHC will provide the employee instructions on how to prevent and control such exposures. The employee may be exposed to the Hepatitis B Virus. SCHC will make the Hepatitis B vaccination available to all employees free of charge.

Physical Requirements

  • The work environment characteristics 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 of this position.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, hear, write, reach with hands and arms, manual dexterity to handle small sharp instruments, operate a keyboard, and have the visual acuity to read small print and view a computer monitor. Employee may be required to move quickly in the event of an emergency, and needs to have received a recent physical exam demonstrating good health. May need to lift medical equipment and help in lifting patients occasionally.