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Associate Medical Director Trauma



Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Under direction of the Trauma Medical Director or his designee, oversees certain aspects of the Trauma Program including but not limited to; medical direction, education, performance, quality improvement, pre-hospital, and Trauma Registry activities. These responsibilities, in coordination with the Trauma Program Medical Director shall be managed consistent with Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation standards and with those policies promulgated by Lancaster General Hospital and the Department of Surgery. In conjunction with the Trauma Medical Director, and Administrative Director participates in strategic planning for the Trauma Program.  Consults with the Trauma Program Medical Director (TPMD), as appropriate, in carrying out duties and responsibilities including setting of priorities and timelines.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Patient Care, Policies, Procedures, and Admission Criteria: Facilitates, in conduction with the TPMD the development of patient care and admission criteria policies and procedures for the Lancaster General Hospital Trauma Program securing necessary approval of these policies and procedures. Implements and insures compliance with all approved policies and procedures.  Coordinates the development of protocols and management guidelines necessary for the care of the trauma patient.
    • Patient Care Management: In conjunction with the TPMD oversees the medical and surgical care of trauma patients and intervenes on active cases where there are variances from the standard of care. This responsibility includes intervening on cases that may not be managed according to the designated standard.  This includes using the appropriate algorithm for reporting lack of action by the attending physician in such matters, up to and including the President of the Medical Staff.  Exercises the authority to transfer the patient to another healthcare institution if this is deemed necessary to maintain the designated standard of patient care. Surgical assistant to the TPMD for elective trauma cases.  Responsible, in conjunction with the TPMD, and Trauma Program Coordinator, for the clinical practice of the nursing and support staff employed in the Trauma Program.
    • Performance Improvement Activities: In conjunction with the TPMD directs and maintains responsibility for trauma related Quality and Performance Improvement activities such as;
      • Evaluates weekly patient care and outcome data to provide direction and oversight at weekly trauma surgeon performance improvement meetings.
      • Reviews monthly patient care and outcome data relative to mortality and morbidity and carries necessary research and investigation to provide oversight and direction at Mortality and Morbidity (M & M) conference.
      • Monitors and provides direction to Trauma Care Management.
      • Reviews and evaluates Trauma Registry data on a monthly basis to identify trends for further evaluation and follow-up.
      • Utilizes reviewed data and meeting results to provide recommendations relative to Outreach initiatives.
    • Monitor the clinical and behavioral performance of all individuals who are credentialed within the Trauma Program.
    • Continuing Medical Education: Networks with other trauma physician leaders and participates in nationally recognized trauma forums and professional committees, which would enhance skills and abilities as an associate trauma medical director. Facilitates the educational needs of the Family and Community Residency Program as it relates to the Trauma Program. In conjunction with the TPMD, reviews and monitors the compliance of the participating surgeons and other specialists in pursuing continuing medical education and maintain competency in the medical management of trauma patients.  Participates in trauma related educational programs (internal and external) for Health Professionals and the community. Oversees continuing educational activities such as ATLS.
    • Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules and Regulations: Assists the TPMD in insuring that the Trauma Program conforms to the bylaws, rules, and regulations of the Lancaster General Hospital Medical Staff. Helps facilitate compliance with all Local, State, Regional, and National regulations related to trauma care.
    • Physician Coverage:  Provides coverage in the absence of the TPMD as defined by a mutually agreed upon schedule by the TPMD and the Associate Medical Director.  Participates as a member in the Lancaster General Hospital Trauma Service on-call roster.
    • Medical Staff Liaison: In conjunction with the TPMD acts as formal liaison between the Trauma Medical Staff and Lancaster General Hospital Administrative Staff.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS: The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:

  • Administrative Policies and Procedures: In conjunction with the TPMD assists in development of policies and procedures related to the Trauma Program.
  • Planning and Program Development: In conjunction with the TPMD and the Administrative Director of Emergency and Trauma Services, identifies and recommends objectives for the Trauma Program consistent with Lancaster General Hospital goals.  Participates in development and marketing of the Trauma Program.
  • Staff In-Service Education: In conjunction with the TPMD and the Trauma Program Coordinator, insures that an effective program of in-service education is implemented for nursing and support personnel in the Trauma Program.
  • Represents: the Lancaster General Hospital Trauma Program at National, State, and Regional professional meetings, attendance at the Section of Accredited Trauma Centers at HAP. Serves as: TPMD delegate as needed for; Medical Executive Committee, Trauma Oversight Board, Process Improvement Committee, Trauma Quality Management Chair, Trauma Morbid & Mortality Chair, and Trauma Care Management Chair.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • M.D., or DO Fellowship trained in Trauma.
  • Unrestricted license to practice medicine in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Board Certification in medical specialties of general surgery and surgical critical care within two (2) years of assuming position
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor certification within two (2) years of assuming position
  • Documented interest and experience in trauma education and research.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to allow effective communications with a wide variety of hospital personnel and physicians and the general public.
  • Significant hospital-based surgery experience.
  • A health care provider in good standing with Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal and state health insurance programs, i.e. not excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid or any other federal or state health insurance program.


ATTENTION/CONCENTRATION – The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to focus on certain aspects of current experience and reject others:              

  • The position requires strong concentration skills.  The individual must have the ability to voluntarily sustain concentration to a task over an extended period of time as a result of an effortful and usually deliberate heightened and focused state of attention.

NEW LEARNING AND MEMORY – The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to learn and retain material:

  • A large portion of this position required reliance on verbal memory and new learning.  Efficiency in processing of verbal information, either in written or spoken form, is a major requirement and prerequisite of the job.  The individual must be able to attend to and process multiple bits of information simultaneously.  The individual must be able to organize and categorize this information effectively so that later recall is feasible.

PROBLEM SOLVING, REASONING AND CREATIVE THINKING – The following level of ability that is essential for the jobholder to think (in order to solve a problem) by combining two or more elements from past experience or imaginative thought:

  • The position required much autonomy of thought and problem solving.  The individual must be able to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems.  The individual must be able to think abstractly, which is manifested in the ability to form concepts, use categories, generalize from single instances, apply procedural rules and general principles, and be aware of subtle or intrinsic aspects of a problem.  The development of hypothesis and potential solutions to problems involves careful interpretation, analysis and diagnosis.  The individual must be able to collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  The individual must be able to think creatively with a degree of inventiveness, experimentation and intuition.  They must be able to deal with a variety of concrete and abstract variables.

APTITUDES:  The following are essential requirements of the position in relation to job-worker situations.  These items describe how a worker must adapt, adjust, conform or act:    

Leadership, control and planning: Ability to accept responsibility for leadership, direction, control, planning, negotiating, organizing, directing, supervising, formulating practices, or making final decisions.

Repetitive work: Ability to continuously perform the same type of work for extended periods of time, according to set procedures, sequence or pace.

Performing under stressful conditions: Ability to perform under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or in situations in which working speed and sustained attention are critical aspects of the job. Is subject to danger or risk, or to tension as a regular, consistent part of the job.

Variety and change: Ability to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure involving significant differences in technologies, techniques, procedures, environmental factors, physical demands, or work situations.

Communication:  Ability to exchange information with others clearly and concisely; to present ideas, facts and technical information.

Interpersonal relations: Ability to maintain relationships that facilitate task accomplishment; to cooperate and resolve conflicts; to recognize needs and be sensitive of others.


Equipment/Tools: Computer, Phone, Copier, Printer, Fax, Office Supplies

Software: Microsoft Office Products, Basic computer literacy  and capability to use the hospital information systems.


Rarely 0-10%; Occasionally 11-35%; Frequently 36-70%; Continuously 71-100%

Body Position/Movement:  

  • Sit: Occasionally
  • Stand: Frequently
  • Walk: Frequently
  • Bend: Rarely
  • Push: Occasionally
  • Pull: Occasionally
  • Kneel/Squat: Occasionally
  • Reach: Frequently
  • Twist: Rarely
  • Balance: Rarely
  • Climb: Rarely

Lifting: Degree of physical exertion is:

Moderate, exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Sensory Abilities specifically required:

  • Vision
  • Hearing


WORKING CONDITIONS: Exposure to hazardous conditions/ materials is negligible.


Disclaimer: This job description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended to be a reflection of those principal job elements essential for recruitment and selection, for making fair job evaluations, and for establishing performance standards.  The percentages of time spent performing job duties are estimates, and should not be considered absolute.  The incumbent shall perform all other functions and/or be cross-trained as shall be determined at the sole discretion of management, who has the right to amend, modify, or terminate this job in part or in whole.  Incumbent must be able to perform all job functions safely.

Benefits At A Glance:

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH offers the following benefits to employees:

  • 100% Tuition Assistance at The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Shift, Weekend and On-Call Differentials
  • Health, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement Savings Account with Company Matching
  • Child Care Subsidies
  • Onsite Gym and Fitness Classes


PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


Search Firm Representatives please read carefully: PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this employment opportunity. Regardless of past practice, all resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH via-email, the Internet or directly to hiring managers at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in any form without a valid written search agreement in place for that position will be deemed the sole property of PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH, and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH as a result of the referral or through other means.

LGH Full Time Posted on 03/09/2023