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Medical Director - Public Health

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, provides medical oversight of the County's health protection programs; establishes County health care policy; provides clinical supervision of physicians and allied health professionals; acts as liaison to local medical community; examines and treats patients; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will class. Incumbents are exempt from Civil Service and serve at the pleasure of the Department Head. This is a single-position class. The incumbent is responsible for directing a comprehensive medical/clinical program.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Interfaces with and acts as the departmental liaison to the private and non-profit health care sectors, explaining the department's functions and operations, directing department resources, and coordinating department response to meet community needs.
2. Formulates policy regarding what medical services the department will provide; ensures that clinical practices are uniform and up-to-date; independently or in consultation with County Counsel, interprets laws regarding medical treatment and provision of services; advises Medical Services Manager in clinic planning, assessing facility and equipment needs, and coordinating patient processing.
3. Participates on peer review panels of physicians and allied health professionals employed by or under contract to the County; obtains information from clinic coordinators regarding performance of County-employed physicians in non-medical areas and counsels physicians to ensure that they observe performance standards and patient rights; takes disciplinary action against County-employed physicians for poor professional performance, violations of professional ethics, etc.; evaluates information obtained from hospital peer review of contract physicians; ensures that physicians are in good standing at hospitals; reviews physicians' charts to determine whether they are keeping problem-oriented medical records; may suspend the contract of a physician or other health professional for poor performance.
4. By maintaining ties to local medical community, encourages private physicians and allied health professionals to continue to provide contracted health care services to the department's clients.
5. Conducts medical examinations; collects, evaluates, and analyzes subjective and objective medical data; makes diagnoses, formulates treatment plans, prescribes medication or therapy, and determines need for further or specialized treatment; confers with patient's relatives regarding nature of patient's illness and recommended treatment.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid license as a physician and surgeon issued by the State of California, and;

1. four years of any combination of experience as a public health physician and primary care physician; and one year of administrative experience in medical services or programs that included supervision of physicians, prioritization of services, and development of policies; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities, and license.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: terminology of modern medicine; clinical medicine, including emergency, primary care, and specialty medicine; accepted clinical practices; public health administration; basic budgeting; medical ethics.

Ability to: organize and prioritize work; analyze and evaluate data, draw conclusions, and develop responses; learn, interpret, and apply laws and regulations pertaining to public health and medical services; exercise independent judgment; establish and maintain working relationships with health care professionals and others; provide clinical direction and training to physicians and allied health professionals; establish standards and evaluate performance; communicate technical information to persons with varying degrees of medical knowledge; prepare a variety of written documents and reports; learn departmental operations and services; allocate resources; maintain objectivity.
 



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