Family Practice Physicain

Norton Sound Health Corporation
Facility: Norton Sound Health Corporation 
Address: 1000 Greg Kruschek Avenue 
Nome, AK 99762 
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Opportunity Criteria
Specialty: Family Medicine 
Candidate Type: MD, DO 
Visas Accepted: No J1 or H1
Loan Repayment: Not Specified
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Purpose of Position:

Working in the specialty of Primary Care, provide patient and family focused medical care in accordance with NSHC’s mission, philosophy, medical staff bylaws, policies, and procedures while applying standards for medical professionals in the clinical/hospital setting. This position coordinates patient assignments, monitors care and provides back up for other physicians.  In addition to those duties which are routinely assigned to medical staff, this position may be required to coordinate medical services performed in the long term care facility, evaluating quality of care provided, reporting findings and making recommendations to the Chief of Staff, Administrator and/or Board of Directors.


Uphold the organization’s vision, mission, and corporate values. Demonstrate understanding of and compliance with organization’s policies, procedures, code of conduct and work rules.


Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate medical care within the facility to promote adequacy and appropriateness of medical services provided, acts as the medical representative of the facility and community and being responsible for day-to-day execution of patient care policies 

  • Participate in developing policies governing the medical, nursing, and related health services, admissions and discharge within the facility 

  • Develop a liaison with attending physicians to encourage effective medical care, reinforce that written orders will be available promptly upon admission of the patient and that quality follow up medical care is provided while abiding by policies, rules and regulations for the attending physician 

  • Provide consultation with the Administrator and/or designee in evaluating the adequacy of the long term care nursing staff and the facility to meet the psycho-social, medical and physical needs of the patient, reviewing accident and incident reports, identifying health/safety hazards and making appropriate recommendations

  •  Advise the Administrator or designee as to the adequacy of the facility’s patient care services and medical equipment and, when appropriate, report that pattern, efficiency, appropriateness or quality of care is not being provided
  •  Participate in an effective program for the review of quality care, assisting in the arrangement of continuous physician coverage for medical emergencies and in developing procedures for emergency treatment of patients 
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Personal Traits:

All Norton Sound Health Corporation employees are expected to consistently demonstrate the organization’s values: integrity, cultural sensitivity and respect for traditional values, continual learning and improving, compassion, teamwork and pride. Employees are expected to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, accountability, cooperation with and consideration of others.


Required Knowledge:

All Norton Sound Health Corporation employees are expected to have general knowledge of typical office technologies such as computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, and typical office software.

 Job Specific knowledge is listed below:

  • Knowledge of compliance (state, federal and corporate)


Required Skills and Abilities:

All Norton Sound Health Corporation employees are expected to have a broad range of skills and abilities centered around a strong patient focus, efficient performance, and teamwork. All employees should have patient/customer service skills, interpersonal skills and good communication skills.  All employees should have the ability to manage their time and organize their work to ensure efficient performance.  In addition, all employees should have the ability to follow policy, procedure and instructions, actively communicate with their supervisors to ensure understanding and manage their work accordingly.  Finally, all employees should have the ability to understand and manage patient/customer confidentiality.


Job specific skills and abilities are listed below:

  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service to clients

  • Ablility to perform under pressure

Minimum Requirements

  • MD or DO Family Medicine
  • No experience necessary, New graduate will be considered
  • Successful completion of Specialty Residency Program. Board Eligible or Board Certified in family practice, internal medicine or the appropriate certification as deemed beneficial to NSHC. Current Alaska license as a physician, M.D. or D.O. Or, as defined in the State of Alaska Licensing Code Section 221 may practice under the license of another state

Physical Requirements:

?Use hands and arms to operate office or clinical equipment

?Sit less than half the workday

?Stand and/or walk more than half the workday

?Bend, stretch, twist, crouch and/or reach

?View electronic monitors for prolonged periods of time

?Lift or carry unaided 25 to 50 pounds

?See and hear with normal acuity


Working Conditions:

?Work is conducted in a standard office environment and a standard clinical environment to include exposure to latex, biohazard or other harmful substances

?Moderate travel is required (between 25% and 50% of the time)

?Travel is required via large aircraft

?Travel is required via small (less than 16 passenger) aircraft

?Travel is required via snow mobiles, All Terrain Vehicles or boat

Norton Sound Health Corporation


Nome is known for its finish line for the 1,049 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that is held in Alaska every year. The race begins on the first Saturday in March in Anchorage and the first sled dog team to cross the finish line in Nome wins. Nome is only accessible by plane or boat. Everywhere you look in Nome you will see artifacts of the gold rush as well as abandoned dredges. Over the flower filled tundra you can see musk oxen and reindeer gazing off the road. While out there you might also come across bears, moose, fox, beaver, wolves, and much more. In the summer months fishing is the thing to do.

Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC)

The Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC), a tribally owned and operated, independent, not-for-profit health care organization. NSHC operates the Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome and clinics in the 15 villages within the 44,000 square miles that comprise the Bering Strait region.

NSHC was established in 1970 to meet the health care needs of the Bering Strait region’s Inupiaq, Siberian Yupik and Yup’ik people. Its mission is to provide quality health services and promote wellness within our people and environment.

Village Health Services manages clinic operations in all 15 villages of the region. The majority of staff in the department are community health aide practitioners – local residents who have been trained at the Health Aide Training Center in Nome. These front-line primary health care providers are a critical link between doctors in Nome and patients in villages. Five villages – Brevig Mission, Savoonga, Gambell, Stebbins, and White Mountain – also have a full time physician assistant or nurse practitioner. Shishmaref and Unalakleet each have a dental health aide practitioner, and a larger sub-regional clinic in Unalakleet provides additional services. Additionally we have our providers travel to the clinics in all 15 villages throughout the year.

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