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Emergency Medicine Physician

Denver Health
Fort Collins, CO
Closing date
Dec 20, 2023

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Specialty / Focus
Emergency Medicine
Position Type
Practice Setting
We are recruiting for a Emergency Medicine Physician to join our team!

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Emergency Department Physician

Job Summary

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Denver Health is recruiting a full-time academic emergency physician to advance and grow the academic mission of our Department. Preference will be given to faculty who have a fellowship training, dedicated interest, and track record of educational and research accomplishments in Emergency Ultrasound. This includes Ultrasound educational experience on resident, fellow, and faculty level. Faculty are expected to be highly motivated and engaged academicians, robustly contributing to and aligned with our departmental mission of 'Serving Our Patients and Leading Our Specialty.' As such, our recruitment will place a strong emphasis on teamwork and collaboration.

This faculty position will report directly to the Director of Service for Emergency Medicine at Denver Health. As a full-time academic faculty position, based at the sponsoring institution for the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine, there will be a heavy emphasis and expectations of scholarship/research, teaching and education. All faculty are expected to contribute and promote in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The emergency department (ED) at Denver Health includes a 44-bed adult ED with an additional 13-bed adult fast track, a 19-bed pediatric ED and urgent care, and a 23-bed CDU providing observation medicine. With a combined annual census of more than 100,000 patients from highly diverse culture and backgrounds, the ED at Denver Health is the second busiest in Colorado. The Ernest E Moore MD Shock Trauma Center at Denver Health is the primary trauma referral center for the Rocky Mountain Region. Additionally, the acuity managed by the adult ED is high, with a 25% admission rate. Staffing in the adult and pediatric EDs is provided by board-certified emergency physicians, emergency medicine residents and subspecialty fellows, and advanced practice providers. Strong and extremely collaborative relationships exist among physicians, advanced practice providers, nursing, and consultative services.

Denver Health is a large urban health care center that is proud to serve as a primary Anchor Institution to the Denver metro area, and its diverse community. Denver Health is a major academic affiliate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (based at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus), and the home institution for the best-in-class Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine. All faculty ultimately report to the Director of Service for Emergency Medicine at Denver Health, contributing to the mission of patient care, educational, research, and professional development, and have meaningful responsibilities and faculty appointments in the School of Medicine's academic Department of Emergency Medicine.

As an institution, Denver Health is a nationally recognized integrated health care system which includes: a large safety-net acute-care hospital, an acclaimed Level 1 trauma center (Ernest E Moore MD Shock Trauma Center), a large network of community health centers, the city and county public health department (Denver Public Health), the sole city-wide advanced life support EMS agency (Denver Paramedics) and a regional poison center (Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center). Denver Health is a profoundly mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvement and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare.

Denver Health and the Department of Emergency Medicine are profoundly committed to diversity of our workforce. As medical providers, we are passionate about serving our diverse patient population and providing them with the best care. To achieve this, we dedicate significant resources as a team to incorporate cultural responsiveness, equity, and inclusion into every aspect of our work. This position will be a key member of our department and is expected to take an active role in our commitment to creating an environment for patients and staff where richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are embraced. Our department is committed to finding innovative ways to meet the needs of our patients, and each other as coworkers - we strive to do so with respect, kindness, and open minds.

The Emergency Medicine Physician makes immediate medical decisions and acts to prevent death or further disability. The incumbent provides immediate recognition, evaluation, care, stabilization, and disposition of patients, practicing evidence-based, high-quality state-of-the art medicine employing a wide degree of creativity and latitude.

The Emergency Medicine Physician directs emergency medical staff in an emergency department to optimize coordination of care between nurses, assistants, specialists, residents, and other medical staff.

Physicians at Denver Health are faculty members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine serve as teachers for students seeking clinical experience at Denver Health and provide education for post graduate medical trainees.

Essential Functions:

  • Teaching and Training:
    Instruct students seeking clinical experience at Denver Health and provide education for post graduate medical trainees. (20%)
  • Deliver Emergency Care to Patients:
    • Stabilize patients in critical condition.
    • Evaluate patients' vital signs & lab data to determine emergency intervention needs and priority of treatment.
    • Conduct primary patient assessments that include information from prior medical care.
    • Analyze records, examination information, or test results to diagnose medical conditions.
    • Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, assistants, specialists, residents, and other medical staff.
    • Monitor patients' conditions, and reevaluate treatments, as necessary.
    • Select, request, perform, or interpret diagnostic procedures, e.g., lab tests, electrocardiograms, etc..
    • Select and prescribe medications to address patient needs.

  • Develop a Plan of Care for Patients
    • Discuss patients' treatment plans with physicians and other medical professionals.
    • Encourages increased patient understanding and involvement in care.
    • Communicate likely outcomes of medical diseases or traumatic conditions to patients or their representatives.
    • Consult with hospitalists and other professionals, such as social workers, regarding patients' hospital admission, continued observation, transition of care, or discharge.
    • Identify factors that may affect patient management, such as age, gender, barriers to communication, and underlying disease. (30%)
  • Compliance:
    Establish and communicate protocols to meet contractual, regulatory and accreditation requirements. (10%)
  • Staff Management:
    Oversee the activities of staff which includes but is not limited to sourcing, hiring, and training new team members, creating and managing schedules, evaluating performance, and providing coaching to engage and motivate team members, identifying and applying career advancement opportunities for team members, and helping to resolve employee issues and disputes, mentorship and guidance.
  • Doctorate Degree Required
  • MD-Physician - State Medical Board Required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply professional medical principles, procedures and techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of pharmacological agents used in patient treatment.
  • Able to effectively manage and direct medical staff support activities while providing quality medical care.
  • Able to receive detailed information through oral communications; express or exchange ideas by verbal communications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications, listening, and social skills.
  • Able to interact effectively with people of varied educational, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, skill levels and value systems.
  • Performs in a tactful and professional manner.
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
Applicants should apply online and may submit CV/Cover Letter to:
Aaron Ortiz, Manager of Provider Recruitment


Work Type

$262,454.00 - $314,984.40 / yr

  • Competitive pay
  • Outstanding benefits
  • Education opportunities
  • Shared leadership and advancement opportunity
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Immediate retirement plan matching
  • Professional clinical advancement program
  • Participation in evidence-based projects
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) eligible employer
  • National Health Service Corps (NHCS) and Colorado Health Service Corps (CHSC) eligible employer
Our Values
  • Respect
  • Belonging
  • Accountability
  • Transparency

All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Denver Health is an integrated, high-quality academic health care system considered a model for the nation that includes a Level I Trauma Center, a 555-bed acute care medical center, Denver's 911 emergency medical response system, 10 family health centers, 19 school-based health centers, Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Safety, a Public Health Institute, an HMO and The Denver Health Foundation.

As Colorado's primary, and essential, safety-net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided billions in uncompensated care for the uninsured. Denver Health is viewed as an Anchor Institution for the community, focusing on hiring and purchasing locally as applicable, serving as a pillar for community needs, and caring for more than 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.

Located near downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.

We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

Denver Health values the unique ideas, talents and contributions reflective of the needs of our community. For read more about our commitment to diversity visit:

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