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Staff Physician

Salary: Staff Physician I (#7102)

$76.53-$87.82 hourly / $13,311-$15,274 monthly / Range: 3

Staff Physician II (#7103)

$76.53-$87.82 hourly / $13,311-$15,274 monthly / Range: 3

DEFINITION: Under general direction, but with independent responsibility for professional results, organizes, directs, and provides medical diagnostic and treatment services in a medical practice setting in the Public Health Department and its affiliates; and performs other related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Staff Physician I is the entry level for physicians and requires certification as a physician and surgeon in California. The Staff Physician II is distinguished by its greater experience and training, as indicated by Board Certification in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, or Pediatrics.


1. Provides physician services in a County health clinic setting and a variety of public health programs; diagnoses illnesses, diseases, and conditions; provides general medical care; reviews laboratory and x-ray findings; prescribes appropriate treatment; refers patients to appropriate community providers for special diagnostic procedures or treatment and coordinates treatment plans; may provide health care to minors in Probation medical facilities or conduct Sexual Assault Response Team examinations on children or adults.
2. Provides medical leadership and consultation to mid-level practitioners on prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment of health problems; may provide clinical supervision to and direct the work of mid-level practitioners, nurses, and support staff; may participate in public education programs concerning health issues.
3. Maintains accurate and up-to-date medical records and prepares comprehensive reports; reviews and countersigns charts as required; consults with other members of the staff and with private physicians concerning patients' medical histories; correctly codes all services rendered; conducts seminars and training for staff.
4. Attends monthly medical staff meetings and other meetings as requested; remains current on policies and procedures relative to the practice of medicine in County clinics; coordinates with other medical providers in the implementation and review of policies and procedures; actively participates in peer review and other quality improvement activities; meets performance and quality indicators as determined by Public Health Department administration.
5. Depending on assignment, attends and staffs scheduled hospital call back; acts as the admitting physician for the County when on call; provides hospital emergency room consultation and care for County patients when on call; admits, discharges, and conducts rounds on County patients at hospitals when on call; provides all necessary and required hospital-based care for County patients; ensures that copies of all hospital records pertinent to patient care for County patients are provided to the County Health Clinics-Medical Records Unit; arranges for inpatient follow-up as required; remains current on policies and procedures relative to the practice of medicine at the local acute care hospitals as required.


Physician I: Graduation from an accredited school of medicine with a M.D. or D.O. degree, completion of a one-year internship, and by the time of appointment, possession of a valid certificate as a physician or surgeon issued by the State of California and a current Controlled Substance Registration Certificate issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Physician II: In addition to the above, completion of a residency and board certification in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, or Pediatrics as determined by the assignment.

Additional Qualifications: Must be willing to provide standby call coverage on weekdays, weekends, and holidays as well as being available for consultation after regular business hours. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions in this class.

Knowledge of: the principles and practices of modern medicine; human anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; community resources in medical treatment; American Medical Association ethics and standards; pharmacology including laws regarding informed consent, dosage ranges, drug incompatibilities, and side effects; ICD-9 and CPT coding and billing principles; clinical supervisory principles and practices; standard English grammar and usage.

Ability to: assess symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis; prescribe treatment appropriate to the patient's condition and situation; skillfully apply principles and techniques of modern medicine; communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, patients, the public, and other County employees; coordinate activities and efforts with other medical, nursing, and auxiliary staff; understand and accept the needs of medically indigent patients; interact with and effectively treat clients from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

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