Under general direction from the Chief, Office of Prevention, the Medical Consultant provides consultation on medical practices, program evaluation and training in the area of birth defects, preventative services and developmental disabilities; and does other related work.
In the Office of Prevention: Serves as consultant to the Department of Developmental Services, developmental centers and private nonprofit regional centers in the field of developmental disabilities and birth defects; assists the regional centers in the development of prevention plans; develops the genetic service component and establishes the treatment standards and policies for the early detection of developmental disabilities and birth defects; establishes the standards for the analysis of family genetic pedigrees; analyzes and disseminates current information on environmental teratogens and neuropathology and ensures that advanced technologies are utilized; participates in the development and implementation of prevention data management systems; reviews and evaluates current research data in the area of prevention; advises on prevention training and addresses lay and professional groups; and prepares reports.
Education: 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 Experience: Five years of medical experience in the field of developmental disability and birth defect preventive services, including two years of administrative experience in a state developmental facility or private corporation dealing with the needs of the developmentally disabled.
Knowledge of: Application of modern principles and practice of general medicine, with emphasis on perinatal medicine and genetics; etiology and medical diagnostics including fetal development and perinatal factors involved in brain disorders; human genetics and genetic services as they relate to the prevention of developmental disabilities; clinical assessment of developmentally delayed children, including the medical aspects of newborn screening, developmental testing and identification, and treatment of high-risk maternal and infant conditions; teratogen and environmental hazard control and the medical impact of environmental hazards on infant development; current literature and research regarding prevention of birth disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders; obstetrical management and develop mental pediatrics; medical diagnoses and etiology of the current developmentally disabled population in California; epidemiology of developmental disabilities; diagnostic medical procedures, including modern imaging techniques, chronic villus sampling, and other techniques in the identification of developmental disabilities; child development testing such as Brazelton, Gesell, McCarthy; interdisciplinary team collaboration as it relates to structured program planning for at-risk and develop mentally delayed infants.
Ability to: Apply the principles and practices of general medicine with particular reference to perinatal medicine; work independently as a fully qualified consultant; establish and maintain cooperative relations with State agencies, private service systems, and other medical professionals; present training seminars in high-risk infant identification, assessment, and developmental programming; and present expert testimony before legislative committees on State prevention programs; develop effective new concepts and strategies in developmental disability programs and services; contribute to the Office of Prevention's program objectives; provide medical direction and consultation in perinatal, neonatal, and early intervention care.
Sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of the developmentally disabled.