Description of Physician Duties

December 12, 2018

Position Title:          Gastroenterologist

Reports To:  Dr. John Mason, Chief Medical Officer, Mason Medical Practice, Texas

Position Summary:

The Physician serves as a provider of gastroenterology for patients. The Physician is responsible for oversight of care provided to clinic and hospital patients that have chosen or are assigned to the Physician. The Physician is instrumental in obtaining compliance for patients and family members and in so doing has a responsibility for achieving behavior that is professional at all times. The physician is responsible for conducting medical care professionally, upholding the highest level of quality service.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Direct Patient Care:

a. Serve as care giver for patients. In the clinic setting, duties include historical intake of patients, ordering tests and procedures, and medications as appropriate for the patient.

b. Work closely with the nursing staff in the hospital and clinic setting, in directing care for patients as appropriate.

c. Perform procedures and follow-up hospital visits to patients as appropriate.

d. Provide clinical assessment on all patients, either in clinic or hospital setting and direct care as is appropriate for acceptable clinical outcomes. Provide, guide or direct care within scope of education.

e. Provide atmosphere that encourages staff to be customer oriented in accommodating patients as needed for their individual needs as is reasonable.

f. Educate patients, as is appropriate from a physician perspective, to prepare them for procedures, tests, lab tests, life style behavior and changes, and their existing health status as per clinic standard.

g. Work with staff on scheduling for patients that allows adequate time for patient needs but decreases the opportunity for patients to wait longer than 15 minutes to be seen.

h. Demonstrate consistent teamwork with staff in both the clinic and hospital settings.

i. Order and perform tests and procedures as is appropriate and according to education and standards.

j. Perform follow-up on patients by phone or in person as is appropriate regarding lab and other test results, etc.

k. Comply with all call schedules reasonably established.

2. Administrative:

a. Participate in the development and outreach of Mason as is appropriate and required.

b. Assist with the implementation of Mason policies as is appropriate for the position.

c. Learn and adapt to billing codes and changes. Responsible for daily billing and submission of billing for hospital and clinic work done by the physician.

d. Complete hospital and clinic billing according to the level of care provided.

e. Remain current on coding and procedures for appropriate reimbursement.

3. Professional QA/CME:

a. Maintain current knowledge base in gastroenterology through reading and attending of educational classes and seminars.

b. Maintain CME requirements as directed by professional standards, etc.

c. Maintain Continuing Medical Education (CME) for Licensure and practical requirements for procedures.

4. Professional Demeanor Expectations:

a. Physician behavior shall be appropriate when interfacing with patients and their families, and staff, either hospital or clinic.

i. Appropriate behavior includes proper voice/volume control when talking with people, proper use of language, directly dealing with people in a way that is not defensive and aggressive, utilizing strong listening skills, and demonstrating a solution-oriented style rather than a problem focused style. Involves others in a team-oriented fashion, including ancillary and other staff members, valuing their input of ideas and suggestions, attempting to implement such ideas as are appropriate in the care of patients and families. Talking positively about others in professional situations.

ii. Other acceptable behaviors:

1) Accepts suggestions and constructive feedback.
2) Promotes collegial work environment.
3) Accommodates unscheduled patient needs.
4) Remains calm with stressful work situations.
5) Demonstrates consistent work ethic for productivity, attendance, availability and punctuality for all related clinic business.
6) Completes medical records in and out of clinic within established guidelines.

b. Dress Standards: Professional attire, comfortable/safe shoes, hair and body neatly groomed, reasonable use of jewelry and cosmetics.

c. Promote the mission of Mason externally in a positive way. Function as ambassador for Mason when interfacing with anyone outside the organization.

d. Solve problems in a professional fashion by dealing directly with involved persons. Ability to own responsibility with self-involved errors instead of blaming others. Work positively to correct future situations leading to errors for self and others once error is noted.

5. Teamwork Expectations:

a. Consistent with the Medical Staff Bylaws: maintain highest standards of personal integrity and deportment and demonstrate a clear commitment to teamwork in the delivery of quality patient care. This includes contact with patients and families, staff members, colleagues in and out of the practice, vendors, hospital staff and administrations, and all other members of the delivery system.

b. Supports Practice Manger and Mason Administration.

c. Respects confidential organizational business.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to accurately and satisfactorily perform the functions within the Duties and Responsibilities section.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with all different styles and cultures of people.
  • Ability to remain flexible and change directions on short notice.
  • Ability to set priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively under exacting deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain the integrity of confidential information

1. Education and/or Experience:

a. Completion of Applicable Residency.

b. Board Eligible and Certification in Gastroenterology.

c. Current Teas State Physician’s license.

d. Current Federal DEA License.

2. Language Skills:

a. Ability to speak and understand the English language in order to perform the duties as outlined in this position description.

3. Reasoning Ability:

a. Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations when only limited standardization exists.

b. Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written and oral form.

c. Read and analyze medical records, laboratory and other diagnostic reports necessary for the medical chart and then carry out appropriate patient care.




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