The Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, along with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, invite faculty applications for a non-tenure, faculty appointment for the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care. The rank will be commensurate with experience.
The palliative care physician will join 3 physicians and work in collaboration with a fun and high-functioning, interdisciplinary team. The team includes HPM fellows, a Program Coordinator, who is a Certified Child Life Specialist, a certified pediatric massage therapist and holds a Masters in Psychology, a Social Worker dedicated full-time to the Threads of Care team, a 0.5 FTE Chaplain, a Parent Mentor, and Integrative Therapy volunteers. The Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship includes 3 pediatric-track and 2 adult-track fellows who rotate with our team and throughout the Memphis Palliative Care Community. The physician will also have the opportunity to provide education to Critical Care fellows, residents and students in formal settings and at the bedside in the role as consultative palliative medicine specialist.
The Threads of Care team is involved in foundational and implementation-based academic research; quality improvement projects; education of medical students, residents, fellows, and colleagues as part of a primary palliative care educational initiative; and campus-wide academic engagement. The team received the Circle of Life Citation of Honor in 2018.
The position offers the opportunity for research in area of interest, collaboration with the St Jude Quality of Life team and our shared, community-based pediatric hospice and palliative care program, Quality of Life for All Kids.
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, treats children each year through community programs, regional clinics and a 255-bed state-of-the-art hospital. Le Bonheur serves as a primary teaching affiliate for the University Tennessee Health Science Center and trains more than 350 pediatricians and specialists each year. Nationally recognized and Magnet Certified, Le Bonheur is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital. It is a Level I Trauma Center, has a very active heart transplant program for which the team is consulted on all patients being considered for transplant, a 60 bed, Level VI NICU and active Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic to which we are often invited in to consult.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the flagship statewide, public, academic health institution in Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service. Employing more than 4,600 people on its faculty, staff, and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, and with more than 3,200 students across the state, UTHSC contributes $4 billion to the economy of Tennessee.
Part of the University of Tennessee System, the Health Science Center is headquartered in Memphis and includes all six of UT’s doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges -- Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions. UTHSC spans the state with its four major, regional clinical health science locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, as well as more than 100 clinical education sites across Tennessee. UTHSC is the largest educator of health care professionals in the state and operates the state’s largest residency and fellowship advanced training programs.
Located in West Tennessee on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is the second-largest city in the state and among the largest cities in the Southeast. The Greater Memphis metropolitan area has more than 1.3 million residents, and the city ranks among those with the lowest cost of living in the country. It is home to a vibrant restaurant scene, a revitalized Downtown, the Midtown Arts District, many scenic neighborhoods, an active medical district, and a burgeoning airport in the midst of a $214 million modernization.
Memphis boasts attractions, including the National Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Grizzlies, historic Beale Street, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the second largest urban county park in the United States, and the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.
Nominations, expressions of interest and applications (including cover letter and CV/resume) should be submitted to:
All replies will be treated with strict confidentiality.
Interested Candidates should contact the Division Chief, Dr. Melody Cunningham:
Phone: (confidential cell) 901-497-7467
An M.D. or equivalent degree
Board certified or Board-eligible in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Ability to obtain a State of Tennessee medical license
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 19000000T5
About University of Tennessee Health Science Center
The mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service.
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