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Under general direction, provide advanced journey level psychiatric services to mentally ill patients; and to do other related work.
This class is distinguished from classes at the higher levels by the responsibility for personally performing psychiatric treatment as a regular assignment. The specialized training and teaching functions distinguish it from the lower level class of Staff Psychiatrist.
Provides treatment to patients requiring more difficult forms of psychiatric treatment; reviews clinical records of patients to assure their adequacy and proper administration; makes regular ward rounds and special teaching rounds; provides consultation to mental health professional staff on the use of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved investigatory new drugs and other extra-formulary medication use per Penal Code 3502.5(a); provides consultation to mental health professional staff on new procedures that are required by the Legislature; assists in planning training programs and participates in the training of staff and the instruction of residents, interns, and other students; assists staff in the proper preparation of various required reports; develops new evaluation procedures in compliance with revised regulations; may preside at ward, diagnostic and clinical conferences and advise staff on appropriate treatment techniques for specific cases; makes regular ward rounds and special teaching rounds; and may be assigned to special 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 I Possession 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 before 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, methods, and objectives of training treatment personnel.
Skill in: Applying the principles and methods of psychiatry and general medicine.
Ability to: Coordinate and participate in psychiatric research; analyze situations accurately and take effective action.
Sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of the mentally ill; tact; patience; emotional stability; and demonstrated leadership ability.