County of Alameda

Physician I (#5135)

Bargaining Unit: UAPD - Physicians/Dentists (018)
$91.48-$111.08 Hourly / $7,318.40-$8,886.40 BiWeekly /
$15,856.53-$19,253.87 Monthly / $190,278.40-$231,046.40 Yearly

Under administrative and clinical direction, provides professional medical or psychiatric diagnostic and therapeutic specialized services to clients or programs throughout Alameda County Health Care Services Agency; and performs related duties as required.


This is the entry-level class in the Physician series. Under close clinical supervision, the incumbents provide specialized medical or psychiatric services to patients/clients, families and/or groups. This class is the trainee level and incumbents are expected to complete an approved residency in the appropriate medical/psychiatric specialty. This class is distinguished from the Physician II class in that the latter provides general medical services and is required to have completed an approved residency in a medical/psychiatric specialty.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Provides medical/psychiatric assessments and develops treatment plans.

2. Provides medical/psychiatric education to patients/clients and families.

3. Provides medical/psychiatric service consultation to multidisciplinary staff, health care providers and/or the community.

4. Conducts research and/or studies related to the health care service delivery.

5. Prepares a variety of correspondence, case summaries, narrative and statistical reports, program documentation, policies, procedures, and other written materials.

6. Participates in a variety of clinical and administrative meetings.

7. Operates a variety of standard office equipment including a computer

8. Conducts complete psychiatric and general medical evaluations on patients/clients; and develops initial and ongoing treatment plans.

9. Provides crisis evaluation and intervention to patients/clients; and provides follow-up treatment recommendations.

10. Provides and monitors patients/clients with prescription of psychotropic medications.

11. Collaborates and coordinates treatment plan with other multidisciplinary staff.

12. Refers patients and collaborates with health care providers.


Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in California.

Special Requirements:

1. In compliance with the Administrative Simplification provision of the Health Insurance and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), employees in this classification are required to possess a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number prior to their first day on the job.

2. In compliance with Medicare regulations, employees in this classification are required to complete the "Medicare Enrollment Process for Physicians and Non-Physician Practitioners" through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, prior to their first day on the job. Active enrollment in Medicare is a condition of employment. Failure to attain or maintain active enrollment will result in termination.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles practices and techniques of medicine and its application.
• Current developments, trends, and research in the medicine/ psychiatry field
• Principles and practices of a medical/psychiatric area
• Principles, practices and techniques of medicine and its application
• Pharmacology/psychopharmacology including law regarding informed consent, dosage ranges, drug incompatibilities, and side effects
• Medical/Psychiatric diagnosis and treatment
• Principals, practices and techniques of clinical supervision
• Documentation requirements
• HIPPA regulations
• Medical ethics as they relate to patient/client care

Ability to:

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients/clients, families, staff and others.
• Communicate effectively.
• Diagnose and treat patients/clients
• Develop and monitor appropriate treatment plans
• Serve on multidisciplinary teams
• Maintain medical records and prepare reports

Old document: JWM:rlt
Revised 7/13/70
Retyped 3/26/76
New document: Jobspecs/5135
SG:po revised 6/22/09
CSC Date: 9/9/09


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.