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Under general direction, to supervise physicians and other professional personnel giving psychiatric care to mentally ill patients; give psychiatric services to such patients; and do other related work.
Assists in the supervision necessary to maintain high standards of psychiatric and general medical care and treatment for an assigned unit; supervises the work of a small medical staff and assists in the coordination of their activities with those of the nursing, psychology, social work, rehabilitation therapy, and other ancillary staff; advises staff, either individually or by presiding at ward, diagnostic, and clinical conferences, on appropriate treatment techniques for specific cases; reviews clinical records of patients to assure their adequacy and proper administration; makes regular ward rounds and special teaching rounds; examines and treats patients requiring more difficult forms of psychiatric treatment; assists in planning training programs and participates in the training of staff and the instruction of residents, interns, and other students; assists in the evaluation of the performance of assigned medical staff and recommends appropriate action; participates in and helps coordinate clinical research carried on in his/her unit, depending on particular qualifications; may be assigned to specialized teaching or administrative assignments.
Possession of the legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance or the California Board of Osteopathic Examiners. (Applicants who are in the process of securing approval of their qualifications by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance or the Board of Osteopathic Examiners will be admitted to the examination, but the Board to which application is made must determine that all legal requirements have been met before candidates will be eligible for appointment.) and Either IPossession of a valid certificate in psychiatry issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, or eligibility for examination for such a certificate as evidenced by a written statement from the Secretary of either Board. (Applicants who are in the process of establishing specialty board eligibility will be admitted to the examination but the required verification must be submitted for appointment.)
Completion within the past seven years of the following training and experience:
1. Three years of psychiatric residency training in programs approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, two years of which must have been in a program approved for a minimum of two years of such training; and
2. Two years of experience in a psychiatric facility or on a hospital psychiatric service.
(Candidates who are within six months of meeting these requirements may take the examination but they cannot be appointed until these requirements are met.)
Knowledge of: Principles and methods of psychiatry and general medicine; current developments in the field of psychiatry, including mental retardation; principles of surgery and neurology; principles and applications of psychiatric social work, clinical psychology, physical therapy, the various rehabilitative therapies, and other ancillary medical services; psychiatric research methods and techniques; principles and practices of personnel management; principles, methods, and objectives of training treatment personnel; and State and departmental equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies; department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a supervisor's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Skill in: Applying the principles and methods of psychiatry and general medicine.
Ability to: Coordinate and participate in psychiatric research; direct and coordinate the work of a professional staff; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; understand and effectively carry out State and departmental equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.
Sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of the mentally ill; tact; patience; emotional stability; and demonstrated leadership ability.