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Tuberculosis (TB) Physician

Recruitment #181219-UNCX-469

Introduction

Position will be open until filled. Please be advised that applications will periodically be considered, as such this position could be filled any time before the closing date

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. Our mission is to protect and promote health, to prevent disease and injury, and to cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can be healthy.


OSDH is seeking a full time Tuberculosis (TB) Physician. This is an unclassified position in state government located in Oklahoma City. This position will also consult and be involved with the state bioterrorism and preparedness activities and with the state pandemic influenza and other emerging disease planning activities.
OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packetincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here].
The annual salary for this position is up to $143,000 based on education and experience.

Position Description:
The TB Physician for the OSDH Acute Disease Service (ADS) will work primarily in the area of tuberculosis diagnosis, treatment, and control and in the area provision of general medical consultation to the Director and the professional staff of the ADS as needed regarding general communicable diseases. The candidate must be comfortable working in a distributed public health system in which tuberculosis patients are evaluated locally in the 76 counties in the state by County Health Department nursing staff through nursing protocols, and with computer software and applications.

Position Responsibilities
• The practice of medicine as a licensed physician specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis in Oklahoma.
• Collaborate with ADS tuberculosis program staff to medically manage individuals with active tuberculosis in Oklahoma, including diagnostic evaluation, drug therapy (prescribing, managing adverse reactions, insuring completion of therapy), and provision of preventive therapy to appropriate contacts. 
Periodic assessment of the adequacy of medical treatment of TB cases and suspects under the care of the OSDH. 
Review follow-up x-rays, lab studies, treatment records, nurses notes and other relevant data to make optimal medical and public health decisions concerning patients. 
• Determine completion of TB therapy and preventive therapy. 
• Provide medical consultation on tuberculosis to physicians in Oklahoma; health care professionals and laboratory personnel regarding tuberculosis disease transmission, laboratory diagnosis, and public health recommendations.
Provide consultation and training to county health department nursing staff regarding tuberculosis as well as general infectious diseases.
• Participate in research activities, special investigations, and epidemiologic studies specifically in the area of tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases as needed.
• Engage in the planning and implementation of epidemiological programs to prevent the spread of tuberculosis. 
• Provide consultation in patient contact investigations.
• Work with the Director of ADS to develop policies and procedures related to tuberculosis for Oklahoma.
• Be knowledgeable of state and federal laws and regulations that are applicable to the protection of the public health, sign legal orders pertinent to such, act as consultant to legal staff in such matters, and testify in court regarding such orders.
• Give lectures to professional audiences on tuberculosis.
• Perform basic statistical functions and descriptive analyses.
• Prepare technical reports and scientific articles for publication in state newsletters or scientific journals.
• Prepare written materials, conduct verbal telephone or radio interviews, and conduct on-camera interviews with statewide media regarding tuberculosis. 
• Conduct public meetings as needed to address public concerns regarding cases of tuberculosis.
• Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience
A doctoral degree in medicine, an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Oklahoma (MD or DO), and at least 5 years’ experience in clinical practice and disease management. 
Preference: A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis; any such experience will be weighted accordingly, and/or a Master’s Degree in Public Health in Epidemiology, active pursuit of this degree will be weighted accordingly.

Valued Knowledge, skills and abilities
The successful candidate must have knowledge of the laboratory methods for the detection and identification of tuberculosis infection and disease due to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and related bacteria.  Be familiar with laboratory methods for detection of biologic agents, as well as the interpretation of such test results. Skill in the diagnosis and treatment of cases of tuberculosis; strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability in writing papers/manuscripts, and familiarity with the current literature on tuberculosis as well as general infectious or communicable diseases.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this position it is regularly required to sit and write, to operate a computer and printer, fax machine, photocopier, calculator and use telephone communication devices. The employee must be able to sit and drive a car to transport him/herself to meetings or other offices. Must be able to walk around the office, up and down stairs, and be able to do light lifting.

Work Environment:
The primary location of this position is a typical office environment. However, the responsibilities may require meetings, conferences, trainings, etc., that necessitate an individual to be in various public places, or the ability to take emergency, after hours calls.

Position may require possible response to public health emergencies including, but not limited to, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or catastrophic events.

 

 

NOTES

REQUIREMENTS:
If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.
 

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.

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Conclusion

Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.


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