Sault Tribe
  • - Government - Medical
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • Salary
  • Year Round - Full Time
  • Yes



The Medical Director, under the direction of the Health Division Director is responsible for providing medical leadership for four health centers across seven counties in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The position is responsible for supervising clinical staff.  The position is responsible for managing medical quality improvement program and reviews over 200 medical records per month.  The position is the primary recruiter for medical providers.  The position provides medical consultation to medical staff, health administrators, and other key stakeholders.  The position is responsible for chairing the medical staff and purchased referred care meetings and taking an active leadership role in many other health program committees, clinical teams or task groups.  The position is responsible for taking the lead role in addressing and ensuring compliance with AAAHC medical program & patient care standards.  The position is responsible for collaborating with local hospitals, health departments, grantor agencies and medical schools in matters pertaining to health service planning and coordination between entities.                                                                         

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Plans the type and extent of medical services to be provided at our Health Centers. 
  • Acts to allocate resources and as medical budgetary liaison in conjunction with clinic managers. 
  • Recruits and facilitates hiring of new medical staff - initial contact, interviews, reference checks, selection, contract negotiation, and orientation to health program.                                                       
  • Develops and implements all medical goals, policies and procedures and reviews/approves all nursing policies and procedures.  Establishes or adopts clinical practice guidelines for all medical and nursing services.                                                                             
  • Takes lead role in AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) accreditation process remains up-to-date with clinical aspects of accreditation and related policy and process requirements, completes mock surveys, visits Tribal facilities with surveyor, and assists the Health Division in achieving and maintaining program accreditation.        
  • Represents Health Division at Sault Tribe Health Board, Board of Director meetings, and other Tribal programs needing medical input or direction and meetings with external agencies, e.g., health departments, local hospitals, among others.
  • Leads physician on multiple grants through community health as an active part of the leadership team.    
  • Plans, implements, and monitors the medical quality improvement programs and activities and ensures medical/nurse participation in QI activities. 
  • Evaluates the quality of medical services and adequacy of equipment, personnel, and working accommodations through inspection and/or review of reports.         
  • Supervises clinic Physician Supervisors, Clinical Nurse Supervisor, and Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants not under a Physician Supervisor. 
  • Responsible for hiring, orientation, credentialing, performance appraisals, and monitoring of time and attendance.                                                                             
  • Investigates adverse incidents and sentinel events as needed. 
  • Responsible for responding to and resolving patient or customer concerns/complaints involving the Health Division medical services.      
  • Performs the role of PRC medical advisor. 
  • Chairs the PRC review committee, reviews PRC coverage, keeps minutes, and reviews all ER visits to determine PRC payment.                                                       
  • Completes monthly peer review, establishes schedule, prepare reports, and complete review with help of physician clinic supervisors.                                                                           
  • Chairs quarterly medical staff meetings, develops agenda, chairs meeting and acts on decisions at meeting. 
  • Participates with other key committees impacting medical services, i.e., credentials, PSO, recruitment and retention and controlled substance committees.                                                        
  • Functions as key clinical super-user for our electronic medical record team. 
  • Reviews all requests for changes and amendments to the medical record. 
  • Determines the content, layout and utilization of our electronic medical record.                             
  • Provides direct patient care medical services as defined and approved thru the Professional Staff Organization privileging and credentialing process including age-specific health promotion and disease prevention services.


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Follows established privacy act and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations      
  • All other job related duties as assigned.        




Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, Executives, Board of Directors and customers and outside vendor/service providers, Medical Schools, Hospitals, Grantors and Health Departments.




Position light with lifting of 20 pounds and frequent lifting/carrying of 10 pounds. Physical factors include constant standing, walking, use of hearing, smell, near/midrange/far vision, depth perception, color/field of vision and typing; frequent sitting and occasional carrying/lifting, pushing/pulling, stooping, reaching, manual handling, driving and bending. Working conditions include occasional exposure to weather, extreme cold, wet/humidity and

air quality and patient contact. Potential hazards include constant infectious exposure, patient/client contact, needles and syringes, computer use, medical and other equipment use.  Personal Protection Equipment and N95 required; must follow universal precautions.




Education:  Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Degree required. Family Practice Certification required.


Experience:  Three years of medical practice experience required.




License to practice as a Physician (MD or DO) in the State of Michigan or ability to obtain by date of hire required. DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) License or ability to obtain within six weeks of hire required. Must have no previous suspension or revocation of license. BLS (Basic Life Support) or CPR Pro (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Pro) Certification or ability to obtain by date of hire required. ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) Certification preferred. Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver's license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain a good moral character standing.  Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Must be competent to provide primary medical care within scope of practice. Outpatient medical procedures as educated and trained preferred. Past supervisory experience in a medical setting preferred.  Previous experience documenting in electronic medical record required. Working knowledge of medical best practices required. Must maintain confidentiality. Native American preferred                                                                                                                                     

REMUNERTION:               Negotiable      


This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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