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Tuberculosis (TB) Physician

Recruitment #181219-UNCX-469


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 Tuberculosis (TB) Physician for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (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. 

Position Responsibilities
• The primary duty of this position involves 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.  Periodically assess 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.
• Familiarity with the current literature on tuberculosis as well as general infectious or communicable diseases.
• Knowledge of the laboratory methods for the detection and identification of tuberculosis infection and of 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.
• Provide medical consultation on tuberculosis to physicians in Oklahoma.  Provide consultation to 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 in the area of 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 Acute Disease 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.
• Lecture 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
The candidate for the position must have a doctoral degree in medicine, must hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Oklahoma (MD or DO), and must have at least 5 years experience in clinical practice and disease management.  A minimum of 5 years experience in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis is preferred; any such experience will be weighted accordingly.  A Master’s Degree in Public Health in Epidemiology is preferred.  Active pursuit of this degree will be weighted accordingly.

Valued Knowledge, skills and abilities
The candidate must be comfortable working in a distributed public health system in which tuberculosis patients are evaluated locally in 1 of 76 counties in the state by CHD nursing staff through nursing protocols.  The candidate must be comfortable working with computer software and applications.  The candidate must have a demonstrated ability in writing papers/manuscripts.  The candidate must have strong communication skills (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Ability to fulfill all job-related travel associated with this position including: intra-state and inter-state travels to conduct epidemiologic investigations, attend conferences or meetings, or give oral presentations; the candidate must be able 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.





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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