Chief, Dept. of Emergency Med (DEM-OVMC)

Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (OVMC) invites applications for the position of Chief of its Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM). OVMC is a large, community -based, academic safety-net hospital that is part of the County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services (DHS) and a major clinical teaching site of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM) for medical students and GME trainees. OVMC’s DEM is an equal partner with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for the competitive ACGME-accredited UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Program. More than 65,000 patients from the greater San Fernando Valley region receive care each year within our 51-bed emergency department.

We are looking for an innovative and driven leader who will provide vision and give strategic direction to achieve our clinical, educational, and academic mission. This includes building on a history of excellence in teaching with the DGSOM, furthering a strong research body, commitment to understanding social determinants of health and reducing health disparities, mentoring future leaders, and maximizing operations needed to expand access and deliver high value care to our patients.

In addition to serving as a key member of the hospital and health system’s leadership team, the DEM Chief will hold an academic appointment as a Vice-Chair of Emergency Medicine at the DGSOM. The DGSOM and its many training programs have a rich history of training clinical, academic, and national thought leaders. The UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Program is a 4-year training program with 60 residents who spend approximately half their time developing skills at OVMC.

Candidates must have a strong academic background with a track record of leadership, data-driven management, and innovation. Additional requirements include eligibility for California medical licensure, as well as the ability to successfully collaborate across disciplines and work effectively within a large and complex health delivery system. The DEM Chief will be expected to identify, recruit, and mentor strong faculty and facilitate integration of efforts in the domains of clinical service, medical education, and academic productivity.

Essential duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Serve as a role model academic physician, scholar, and manager for faculty, trainees, and staff in terms of professional and ethical behavior, clinical/research/educational/management productivity, and as a collaborator or partner with colleagues, other departments, and other facilities.
  2. Recruit, hire, and retain effective faculty, trainees, and staff to fulfill your department’s clinical and academic responsibilities.
  3. Create and maintain opportunities for faculty, staff, and trainees to align their skills and interests with the needs of the department and hospital to permit the clinical, teaching, research, and management success of the individuals, department, and hospital.
  4. Act as supervisor, advisor, mentor, teacher, or coach to facilitate the success of departmental faculty, staff, and trainees.
  5. Establish leadership succession by recruiting, hiring, training, and mentoring faculty within your department.
  6. Use data and analytics tools to implement and measure initiatives and programs that will improve access, quality, and productivity.
  7. Act as a member of the senior physician leadership of OVMC, partnering with other senior physicians AND non-physician leadership to inform, make, and take responsibility for key decisions as appropriate.
  8. Set expectations for the department’s clinical, research, teaching, and management goals in discussion with DHS, hospital, and other department leadership at least once a year. Ensure that sufficient resources are available to achieve those goals by advocating for and securing funding from hospital and external sources, improving efficiency, and reducing or eliminating lower priority services and activities.
  9. Prepare clear and accurate job duty statements for faculty and staff prior to the end of each of their performance evaluation rating periods developed in collaboration with DHS Human Resources.
  10. Establish a robust ongoing professional performance evaluation process and clinical quality improvement program developed in collaboration with OVMC’s Quality Department.
  11. Ensure training program compliance with ACGME and other training organization regulations in collaboration with OVMC’s Designated Institutional Officer or UCLA’s Designated Institutional Officer.
  12. Ensure compliance with regulatory and productivity standards for emergency care in collaboration with the designated OVMC Medical Administrator.
  13. Review, enforce, and comply with all departmental, facility and County policies.
  14. Develop and implement necessary protocols, procedures, policies, and mechanisms to effectively manage department-related training, corrective action, administrative controls, and staffing.
  15. Develop systems consistent with the size and complexity of DEM to ensure you, as Chief, are aware of significant incidents or issues that occur by faculty, trainees, and staff within DEM; ensure incidents or issues are reported in a timely fashion to the appropriate unit; and in the event there is uncertainty about the mechanisms for monitoring or the timing and/or unit for reporting, addressing this with OVMC’s Chief Medical Officer immediately.
  16. Develop and impose appropriate corrective action for faculty, trainees, and staff who fail to abide by departmental, facility, and County policies in consultation with DHS Human Resources.

City Information:

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (OVMC) is located in the city of Sylmar, which is a part of the San Fernando Valley. The population, as of 2009, is approximately 90,000 residents. The city’s neighboring cities are San Fernando and Santa Clarita. The Olive View hospital has been part of the neighborhood since 1920, when it initially served as a tuberculosis (TB) sanatorium.

A confidential review of all applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.

To apply for this position:

Interested candidates should attach your CV and Letters of Interest below – and –

1) Submit a copy to Brian van den Burg, MD, OVMC Search Committee Chair/Inpatient Medical Director. Telephone: 747-210-3035.

2) Formally apply at: (For the Department of Health Services, County of Los Angeles DHS Chief Physician I Exam.)


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