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Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (HS Clin, Clin X, In-Residence, Adjunct) - Palliative Care

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Open date: April 27th, 2021

Last review date: Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Psychiatry at the UC San Diego School of Medicine is committed to academic and clinical excellence and diversity within our faculty, staff, and trainees. The Palliative Care Program at UC San Diego Health in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry ( is currently seeking a psychiatrist to join UC San Diego’s Palliative Care Program who is experienced in the psychiatric treatment of individuals with serious, advanced, and often life limiting disease. The UCSD Department of Psychiatry seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our strong commitment to the twin goals of achievement of excellence and diversity among our faculty and staff.

The psychiatrist will participate in high intensity, often crisis, situations to rapidly assess and relieve the patient’s suffering. With strong assessment and reassessment, the psychiatrist will be skilled in utilizing rapid treatments for hyperactive delirium (often with agitation), depression, and anxiety to quickly provide palliation to patients and their families in a time of great stress. Managing symptoms at the end of life will also be part of the responsibility of the psychiatrist. These may include symptoms of terminal delirium, anxiety and panic associated with dyspnea, and grief.

The psychiatrist must be comfortable in working with a variety of other members of the patient’s care team. These may include referring physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, chaplains, rehabilitation specialists, a variety of trainees from different programs, as well as the patient’s family.

The appropriate series and appointment at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level will be based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

A link to full descriptions of each series is provided for your review:

HS Clinical Professor - see:
Clinical X Professor - see:
Adjunct Professor – see:
In-Residence Professor - see:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales. Appointments may require candidates to be self-funded. As a member of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan, the appointee should be aware that there are limitations on outside professional activities and clinical moonlighting is expressly prohibited. Additional information can be found here:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Candidates must have an MD or DO. Candidates must have or be eligible for a California medical license or equivalent certification/permit as determined by the Medical Board. Candidates must have experience in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric symptoms and disorders in patients with serious medical illness, have experience in consultation liaison psychiatry and palliative care. Candidates must be skilled in responding to consultations for delirium, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, challenging personality traits or disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and helping to manage pain, nausea, and dyspnea that is not responding as expected to typical interventions.

Preferred qualifications

    Fellowship training in palliative medicine and/or consultation liaison psychiatry, and/or extensive practice in these areas, is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong track record in clinical care and collaborating across disciplines.

    The preferred candidate will have demonstrated a commitment to maintain the highest standards of clinical care, teaching, and professional activities and to develop a climate that supports equality and diversity.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Statement of Interest - Candidates may also submit a statement of interest in or evidence of clinical experience in palliative care, palliative care psychiatry, and consultation liaison psychiatry.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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