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Senior Overdose Physician - Bringing Expanded Access to MOUD (2232)

Recruitment: REF41697X

Published: May 24, 2024


Eliot Watt -

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Department: Public Health
Job class: 2232-Senior Physician Specialist
Salary range: $235,638.00 - $332,020.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The Department of Public Health prioritizes equitable and inclusive access to quality healthcare for its community and values the importance of diversity in its workforce. All employees at the Department of Public Health work to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity with a specific lens and focus on race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, disability, and immigration status. 

The Department of Public Health’s Behavioral Health Services (BHS) is accepting applications for one full-time position in class 2232 BEAM Overdose Special Projects Senior Physician. 

The Mission of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is to protect and promote the health of all San Franciscans. SFDPH strives to achieve its mission through the work of multiple divisions - the San Francisco Health Network, Population Health, Behavioral Health Services, and Administration. The San Francisco Health Network is the City’s only complete system of care and has locations throughout the City, including Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and over 15 primary care health centers. The Population Health Division (PHD) provides core public health services for the City and County of San Francisco: health protection, health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and disaster preparedness and response. Behavioral Health Services operates in conjunction with SFHN and provides a range of mental health and substance use treatment services.

Role description

The BEAM Senior Physician will work with the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Medical Director to help design, implement and oversee the BEAM program and other SUD special projects. BEAM is the Bringing Expanded Access to MOUD program, and MOUD is Medication for Opioid Use Disorder.

BEAM will provide 24/7 telemedicine access to buprenorphine, one of the FDA-approved medications to treat opioid addiction. BEAM engages people interested in treatment, assesses them for opioid addiction, prescribes medication if appropriate, and provides care coordination following the telemedicine encounter. Additionally, this position will collaborate on and lead other clinical interventions to reduce overdose mortality.

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Responsible for developing and implementing clinical interventions aimed at reducing drug overdose deaths and harms that are identified by the SFDPH overdose response efforts  
  • The primary responsibilities initially will be overseeing the clinical operations of the BEAM Program – Bringing Expanded Access to MOUD 
  • Providing supervision and management of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Manager, and telemedicine on-call providers Collaborating with BEAM partners and DPH groups to ensure cohesion from the time the call is answered to after visit outreach and follow-up 
  • Partnering with SUD providers who accept linkages to ensure continuity of care plan for patients after initial telehealth visit in collaboration with the BEAM Patient Navigator Manager and Patient Navigator 
  • Developing protocols for Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) after hours access and referral process 
  • Being available during daytime hours to support clinical or logistics questions or BEAM patients in connection with the BEAM Nurse Manager and BEAM Patient Navigator Manager 
  • Developing training materials for BEAM prescribers, developing feedback mechanism for clinical decisions, arrange opportunities for case discussions, review provider charts for credentialing and quality assurance 
  • Reviewing clinical workflows and adapting and innovating based on patient outcomes 
  • Participating in presentations on data and outcomes to Overdose Executive Leadership Team 
  • Adapting workflows and program structure to develop a long-term sustainability plan for BEAM 
  • Oversee administrative support staff who assist in shift scheduling, data, meeting facilitation and other project support  

How to qualify

Required Before Applying

  • Possession of valid Drug Enforcement Agency registration with the United States Department of Justice 

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a valid license to practice medicine issued by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California* 
  2. Possession of valid Board Certification in the appropriate medical specialty area for the assigned facility or division.** 

*Applicants possessing a valid license to practice medicine issued from another state within the United States of America may apply, but if selected, the candidate will NOT be appointed/hired until they obtain a valid license to practice medicine issued by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. 

**Applicants enrolled in a residency program may apply, but if selected, the candidate will NOT be appointed/hired until they demonstrate successful completion of a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or American Osteopathic Association in the appropriate medical specialty area for the assigned facility, obtain a valid license to practice medicine issued by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, and obtain valid Board Certification in the appropriate medical specialty area for the assigned facility or division. 

Desirable Qualifications 
These qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring: 

  • Experience providing telemedicine care, including audio-only  
  • Experience with diagnosing and treating substance use disorder, specifically opioid use disorder  
  • Knowledge of the social determinants of health and other impacts that can result in poor outcomes in disadvantaged populations  
  • Enthusiasm for working with and caring for people experiencing homelessness 
  • Experience supervising medical and/or non-medical staff 

Important Note: Please make sure it is absolutely clear in your application exactly how you meet the minimum qualifications. Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Please be aware that any misrepresentation of this information may disqualify you from this recruitment or future job opportunities.

What else should I know?

How to apply:

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If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, 628-271-6704.

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The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.