The program cares for the full spectrum of sleep disorders in
children including obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome,
hypersomnia conditions, circadian rhythm disorders and neuromuscular
disease. There is a growing biofeedback
program and on-site availability of child psychology. Clinical competence is expected in the
evaluation of children with sleep problems and in the interpretation of
polysomnograms and multiple sleep latency tests.
The clinician component of the program currently consists of
one full time and 3 part time physicians, one nurse practitioner and one half-time
child psychologist. The sleep clinic has
5 clinic rooms and saw 1075 new patients and 842 patients in follow-up last
year. Some 800 polysomnograms were
performed utilizing 3 overnight sleep study rooms 7 nights per week. Three additional sleep study rooms are
available for expansion of the program.
The program embarked on telemedicine last year and is developing a
relationship with a regional hospital system in the center of the state. All studies are available for reading via
The Medical Director role at Children’s has overall
responsibility for ensuring that services and programs provided through the
department or service line are patient and family focused, clinically
appropriate, operationally efficient, and achieve effective patient outcomes.
The focus of the Medical Director's administrative time will be spent
developing and providing direction for the program (clinical services, clinical
research, and education), including quality and safety leadership and
improvement. Partners with administrative dyad partner for financial and
administrative management of the service line. The role will coordinate
clinicians associated with the department or service line, clinician
consultants, and leaders of associated programs or units. The role will also
monitor and support the clinical skills and involvement of professional staff
associated with the department or service line and will increase or expand
those resources as appropriate to meet current
and future needs
Principal Duties and
- Have overall medical administrative responsibilities for the Sleep Program, including program design and implementation, quality assurance, program direction and such other duties as may from time to time be assigned.
- Develop and provide direction for clinical services, clinical research, professional and public education, including quality leadership and improvement.
- Pair with administrative colleagues for financial and administrative management of the service line/department, as well as strategic planning.
- Monitor and support the clinical skills and involvement of professional staff associated with the Sleep Program and manage those resources as appropriate to meet current and future needs.
- Supervise all employed and contracted clinicians
- Meet regularly with the quality and safety physician and administrative leadership, the Chief of Pediatrics and the Chief Medical Officer
- Keep informed with respect to new clinical knowledge and support introduction of evidence-based changes to improve patient care;
- Respond to and resolve complaints from family or staff;
- Provide an annual written review of the quality of services provided in the Sleep program to PEC and Children’s Board Quality Committee;
- Provide a written Annual Medical Director Program Report
- Model the high Children’s Way values in a consistent and reliable manner;
- Participate in continuous quality improvement processes within Children’s;
- Participate in philanthropic meetings for the program; and
- Sign off on budgets for department with dyad partner.
- Serve as the primary clinical liaison, coach, and mentor.
- Collaborate to establish program goals and objectives consistent with those of the hospital.
- Develop and provide input on the development of program initiatives.
- Demonstrate positive interpersonal relationship with colleagues, referring clinicians, hospital personnel, and patients/families in order to achieve maximum operational effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
- Attend local and national meetings and conferences to remain current regarding issues relevant to the performance of duties.
- Must have an M.D., D.O. or equivalent degree from another country with a current Minnesota Medical License or the ability to obtain one.
- Board BE/BC in Pediatrics from the American Board of Pediatrics.
- Minimum 2 years experience as a practicing physician in sleep medicine.
- Leadership experience and familiarity with quality improvement work, safety initiatives, systems-based practice, patient-centered care.
- Clinical competency and expertise in caring for children with sleep disorders.
- Demonstrated history of positive relations with colleagues, support staff, hospital-based providers, administrators, and patients.
- Ability to be successfully credentialed by both Hospital and Third Party Payers.