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Hospice & Palliative Care Physician

Status: Full-Time

Position Summary:

Functions under the direction of the medical director and is designated to assume the medical director’s responsibilities and obligations in his/her absence. The physician, in conjunction with the patient’s attending physician, is responsible for the palliation and management of the terminal illness and conditions related to the terminal illness. The physician educates and collaborates with physicians and others engaged in health care services regarding the hospice and palliative care program and its potential benefits to eligible patients in the community.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • —Make rounds and visit patients in the Hospice Care Center at least daily on weekdays and as deemed appropriate on weekends.

  • —Take on the role of primary care provider for hospice patients without a primary care provider/attending physician.

  • —Participate in the Hospice Care Center IDT meetings.

  • —Share night and weekend call duties with other hospice and palliative care physicians for home care and care center.

  • —Make home visits and face-to-face visits as deemed necessary.

  • —Provide medical coverage as needed for the Hospice Home Care Program (in the rare situation that the other hospice and palliative care physicians are absent):

  • —Complete face-to-face visits for certification/re-certification of patient’s prognosis at appropriate time intervals as needed

  • —Participate in the home team IDT meetings as needed

  • —Home visits as needed

  • —Consults with the patient’s attending physician as needed and appropriate. If the attending physician is not available, the Medical Director or the Hospice and Palliative Care Physician are responsible for meeting the medical needs of the patient.


  • —Develop/Coordinate the palliative care program.

  • —Provide face-to-face palliative care consult visits within Hilo Medical Center and other facilities within Hospice of Hilo service area.

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  • —Provide face-to-face palliative care consult visits in the Hawaii Palliative Care Center Clinic (located in the Hospice Care Center).

  • —Foster collaboration and team work with providers and hospice team

Skill & Knowledge Requirements

  • —Knowledge of the principles and practice of primary medical care.

  • —Advanced and ongoing training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician training, diagnostic skills, knowledge in symptom management and communication skills required.

  • —Ability to work collaboratively with Hospice of Hilo employees as part of the IDT.

  • —Ability to build effective relationships and build an improved culture of collaboration among healthcare professionals to meet the needs of end of life care.

  • —Effective leadership skills and relationship maintenance attributes.

  • —Credentialed for medical practice at contracted hospitals and nursing facilities.

  • —Current Medical License and Driver’s License from the State of Hawai’i.

  • —Current Federal and State of Hawai’i Controlled Substance Registration Certificate.

Educational and Experience Requirements


  • —Graduate of an accredited School of Medicine.

  • —Two years experience as a practicing physician with experience in pain management and palliative care.

  • —Possession and maintenance of a valid Hawai’i State Physician’s license to practice medicine in the state.

  • —Adequate educational and experiential level to meet the needs of the patients, care givers, and regulations established by state and federal laws to assure quality hospice care.

  • —Prefer previous experience working with a hospice and/or palliative care program.

  • —Certification by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine desirable.


—Exempt position. Regular business hours and phone support on call duty as scheduled.

COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: COVID-19 vaccine is a condition of employment with Hawaii Care Choices. After receiving a final offer of employment, all prospective HiCARE employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All new employees are required to provide confirmation of their vaccinated status by presenting a CDC card or VAMS certificate prior to their start date.


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