The Behavioral Health Division (BHD) in Milwaukee County provides care and treatment to adults, children, and adolescents with mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities through both County operated programs and contracts with community agencies. Services include intensive short-term treatment through our crisis services and inpatient services, as well as a full array of supportive community services for persons with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division through early assessment and intervention promotes hope for individuals and their families through innovative recovery programs in behavioral health wellness, recovery, research and education.
Position Summary: Under the general direction of the Service Medical Director or Psychiatrist designee the Physician-hourly provides psychiatric and somatic medical care to adults, adolescents, and children in an emergency room and/or inpatient setting. To operate safely, BHD must always have 4-5 licensed Physicians in-house. Physician-hourly primarily fulfill night and weekend shifts to help meet the 24/7 medical staffing requirements.
Admission and Discharge of Patients. Provides observation, assessment, diagnosis, care, treatment and planning for assigned patients presenting for admission at BHD under the general direction of a fully trained psychiatrist; provides medication management; may conduct psychotherapy.
Psychiatric Management and Treatment. Provides psychiatric and/or medical care; develops appropriate treatment plans; consults with outside physicians, ancillary professionals, agencies and/or other interested individuals.
Assessments, Referrals and Consultations. Responds to inpatient ward request in a timely manner; assesses patients and develops treatment plan; makes referrals for routine, urgent, or emergency treatment services in accordance with the patient’s need. Consults with lead attending psychiatrist on duty, as needed.
Documentation. Maintains appropriate and timely medical record documentation (written and electronic) in conformance with regulations, hospital policy, CMS, state and billing requirements.
Risk and Legal Assessments. Provides seclusion/restraint assessments and suicide/homicide risk assessments; maintains familiarity with WI mental health laws; clears or places legal holds on patients; may be asked to testify at patient commitment/detention hearings.
Medical Staff Governance and Professional Practice Review. Maintains a working knowledge of all critical medical staff and hospital policies; participates in professional review activities when assigned.
Professional Development. May conduct or participate in research activities; updates professional knowledge on a continuing basis through continued residency specialty training and current literature.
Miscellaneous. Performs other duties related to patient care and professional activities, as assigned
- Possess a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy degree
(MD or DO)
- Have a current Wisconsin Medical license (MD or
- Must have completed at least one (1) year of ACGME
accredited Psychiatry internship or residency training
registered with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Must have at least basic experience with all
related computer and software application such as Microsoft Word and Excel
- Must be proficient with using Electronic Health
Record (EHR) software; preferably Avatar
Please note: As
an express condition of employment, practitioner shall apply for, obtain and
maintain membership and privileges through the Medical Staff Organization of
MCBHD. Practitioner must meet membership eligibility requirements and receive
an affirmative recommendation for all clinical privileges as may be necessary
for practitioner's hospital practice. Practitioner must further meet
Medicare/Medicaid enrollment eligibility. These eligibilities must be
established prior to employment start date and maintained throughout
Knowledge Skills and
Abilities: Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, techniques, literature
and new developments in medicine including pharmacology; demonstrated skill and
ability in the examination, diagnosis, care, treatment and therapy of patients;
ability to update professional knowledge on a continuous basis; ability to
create and maintain harmonious relationships with the staff, patients, relatives/guardians
of patients and/or agencies; must be able to lift, push, pull and carry
up to 25lbs
on a regular basis.