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University Health Services


Job Summary

Provides comprehensive primary health care to the University's student, faculty/staff and retiree populations. Responsible for ambulatory medicine and on call coverage. Participates in a team with physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses to provide high quality and compassionate care and provides periodic health educational outreach. May participate in teaching residents and medical students and may practice travel medicine.


  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and empathy for all patients of Harvard’s diverse patient population.   
  • PCP will have outpatient responsibilities for acute, chronic, and preventive care as a practicing physician. Acts as backup support for Urgent Care providers. 
  • Oversees the care of a panel of primary care patients, attending to patient needs both in the office and between visits, by reviewing care received outside HUHS, laboratory data, secure messages from HUHS care providers and from the patients themselves, and ordering tests as needed to ensure maintenance of health and appropriate management of chronic medical conditions.   
  • Coordinate the primary care provided to adult members of our diverse community at HUHS, including all undergraduate and graduate/professional Harvard-affiliated students, regardless of the duration of academic studies, as well as faculty, staff, retirees, and dependents.  PCPs directly manage general medical problems of an acute and chronic nature, and place special emphasis on preventive health and education. 
  • Perform complete physical exams at a frequency appropriate to age and gender and order appropriate laboratory, x-ray, and other diagnostic and medical procedures to meet short-term health care needs, maintain health, and prevent disease. 
  • Plans, directs and coordinates the acute medical care, treatment of chronic disease, and health promotion of all adult HUHS patients.   
  • Manages the appropriate referral of patients to other health care providers for specialized needs.  All referrals are made balancing patient needs and HUHS guidance for most cost-effective providers of care.   
  • Educate patients – based on age, gender, psychosocial and cultural context, and overall health of the patient – on illness or its complications, and on ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Advise the patient with an illness on the most clinically appropriate and cost-effective therapy, weighing and discussing the potential risks and benefits of treatment.  HUHS embraces the principle of patient-centered care and shared decision making. 
  • Works closely with other members of their primary care team (nurse practitioner,  team nurse, and health assistants).  Serves as a consultant for team nurse practitioners  
  • Works closely with members of the care coordination team, referrals coordinators, and urgent care providers to ensure seamless handoffs to care by other providers, both inside and outside of HUHS.   
  • Reports safety events to Safety Reporting Team to ensure a culture of safety at HUHS.   
  • Participates in HUHS continuous improvement efforts by knowing and  understanding HUHS strategic goals, and by participating in team huddles and projects to reach these goals.   
  • Understands and complies with HUHS public health initiatives.  
  • Participates in on-call schedule.  On-call responsibilities include answering calls directed by CareNet, HUPD, administrator on call, or from patients to MD on call.  On call physician also works in Urgent Care 5 hours each weekend, on the day that is specified by the Practice Manager or Medical Director of Urgent Care.   
  • Participates in Continuing Medical Education activities to further medical knowledge and spreads knowledge as needed to other team members.  

Position Description


  • Participates on HUHS committees as assigned by Chief of Medicine. 
  • Fosters positive working relationships and coordinates activities with other HUHS service areas. 
  • Complies with HUHS professional staff by-laws, policies and procedures and applicable local, state and federal accreditation regulations. 
  • Serves on a Smith Campus Center and/or Satellite clinic primary care team to successfully achieve Department goals in the management of the delivery system, problem solving, and long-range planning. 
  • Responsible for ensuring that all lab results that he/she ordered are reported to patients in a timely fashion, with clinically important abnormal results communicated by telephone or the timeliest means, and most other laboratory results communicated by mail or secure message.  
  • Expected to fully document the care of their patients, utilizing the electronic medical record as they do so.  PCPs must comply with all institutional policies related to the electronic medical record, including writing prescriptions electronically;  reconciling medication lists at internal medicine visits;  documenting telephone and email communications;  reviewing and signing off on nursing visits that require physician co-signature.  
  • May participate in the instruction of medical students and residents. 
  • Collaborates with University as needed in the care of students, with the patient’s permission.   
  • Members of primary care teams work together and exchange information in the interest of optimal patient management and continued professional development.  Team members work together to coordinate the care of patients within their designated panels, develop familiarity with one another’s patients, and provide mutually supportive coverage within the team.  The goal of the HUHS primary care model is to optimize patient access and continuity of care. 


  • Delivering state of the art care in a compassionate, culturally sensitive,  and efficient manner is the highest priority of the PCP.  Attention to the patient’s perceived problems should be balanced with good medical and psychosocial care of the whole person. 
  • Professional and intellectual growth through continuing medical education (CME) and the ongoing pursuit of medical/academic interests is essential to maintaining the PCP’s high standard of practice.  The Dept. of Medicine will provide weekly on-site CME of relevance to the current scopes of service for a generalist PCP.    In addition, all PCP’s are afforded resources and time for extra-curricular CME activities. PCP will attend CME courses and stay abreast of medical literature. 
  • The effectiveness of our program is maintained through continuous improvement in quality of care.  Process and outcomes should be monitored through relevant, ideally standardized clinical indicators, individual case reviews, and measures of patient and provider satisfaction. 
  •  In a time of rising costs of health care, HUHS PCPs are committed to the intelligent management of our resources, including both internal and external services, and to providing cost effective, high quality care. 

Basic Qualifications

  • The candidate is a graduate of a U.S. based residency program; board certified or eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Practice with current licensure in Massachusetts.
  • Must have current BLS/ACLS certification. 

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Commitment to high quality, cost-effective health care and the principles of group practice.
  • Experience with the full spectrum of primary care general medicine ranging from adolescent to geriatric ages.
  • Demonstrated skills in outpatient clinical care, effective communication skills and shared decision-making.

Physical Requirements

All Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) staff and staff affiliates are considered Health Care Workers and as a condition of employment must provide documentation of the following:  

  • Letter of good health from your personal health care provider.  

  • TB skin test (within past 3 months) or, if known skin test positive, documentation of previous chest x-ray, information about any past treatment.  

  • Documentation of immunity (positive antibody titers) for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella.  

  • Proof of appropriate past immunization for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella. 

  • Hepatitis B vaccine series – required for staff with possible exposure to blood or blood borne pathogens.  

  • A current Flu vaccine (this season) and Covid vaccines to include the Primary series and Bivalent Booster.  

The required medical documentation/medical clearances can often be obtained by contacting your Pediatrician, PCP, medical provider. Titers, TB Skin testing can be performed by appointment at Occupational Health facilities. 

HUHS continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff and students, as well as the wider community. Being up to date with COVID vaccination, annual flu vaccination and other required medical vaccinations and documentation are required as a condition of employment at HUHS. You may claim exemption from the vaccine requirements for medical or religious reasons. 

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office setting 
  • Travel may be required 

Additional Information

Position Description Continued:


  • Participates in team and committee efforts to solve problems, proposing ideas to improve quality of care. 
  • Continuous effort to satisfy the needs of patients and assist other clinicians. 
  • Works closely with the HUHS Patient Advocate and Chief of Medicine to address and resolve satisfactorily any specific patient-based concern or complaint. 
  • Promotes a positive image of HUHS by demonstrating that she/he is knowledgeable and understanding of patient needs. 
  • Maintains written and verbal confidentiality of all patient and department information at all times, following the HUHS Confidentiality and electronic mail policies without exception. 


  • Adheres to the expectations and professional responsibilities of the department.  
  • Employs the standards, practices, and procedures of the department.  
  • Completes and complies with HUHS training requirements including HIPAA Privacy and Security, and other required trainings.  
  • Reports non-compliance incidents to the supervisor, manager, and/or Compliance Officer. 

Work Format Details

This position is based on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

About Us

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) is a campus-based health care organization devoted exclusively to members of the Harvard community. Our work includes multi-specialty ambulatory medical care, behavioral and mental health services, and campus public health. HUHS also manages two self-funded health insurance plans, the Harvard University Group Health Plan (HUGHP, for university employees and dependents) and the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP, for students and dependents). 


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( ) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge


Internal Medicine


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening

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Monday - Friday: 8 hours each day 

Total: 40 hours per week 

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University Health Services is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace in which all employees feel valued and have a sense of belonging. These principles are integral to our work and are at the core of who we are. We actively seek applicants with demonstrated commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a working and learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds. We welcome, respect, and embrace individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, abilities, beliefs, and values. 

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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