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Graduate Social Worker

Job ID: 146588
Work Type: FT
Location: Bala Cynwyd, PA, United States
Date Posted: Aug 5, 2022

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

Summary: The Graduate Social Worker provides and documents individualized social work assessment, care planning, intervention and outcome evaluation for seriously ill and dying patients and their families receiving facility and home hospice and medical home care services. The Graduate Social Worker assists patients and families with issues related to self-determined life closure, safe and comfortable dying, and effective grieving, through individualized care planning, assessment, intervention and evaluation in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Team.


Participates as part of an Interdisciplinary Team in the formulation and ongoing evaluation of an individualized, age-specific, culturally responsive Plan of Care for each patient and family.

Conducts comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments and ongoing reassessments of patients and families including identifying spiritual needs and patients and families at social or psychological risk.

Identifies community resources, coordinates resource management, and evaluates outcomes of resource planning with patients and families and educates patients and families on factors impacting care, treatment options, disease process and issues of grief and loss.

Provides crisis counseling to patients and families who demonstrate symptoms of maladaptive defense mechanisms, ineffective coping skills, pathological grief reaction or mental illness.

Arranges the process and facilitates patient and family in the understanding of patient transfer when level of care changes from inpatient, home, or LTC.

Demonstrates ability to evaluate diverse patients’ and families’ adaptation to hospice care and works effectively with them on issues of death, dying, treatment modalities, and spiritual beliefs.

Accurately documents and verbally communicates assessment information, treatment plans and client system interactions as required by the organizational setting.

Assesses the patient’s and family’s environmental, social and financial resources as they relate to the provision of patient care and develops a comprehensive, individualized plan of care with the patient and caregivers based on the biopsychosocial assessment.


Master’s Degree in Social Work (graduate within the past 2 years) OR must be enrolled in a graduate social work program (if enrolled in a graduate social work program, must currently have a Bachelor’s in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, or other field related to social work) 

If enrolled in a graduate social work program, must have at least 1 year of experience in a health care setting

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

Live Your Life's Work

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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