Under the general direction of the field office Supervising Investigator, serves as a medical consultant to the Enforcement Program evaluating the professional competence of physicians and surgeons and allied health professionals; provides medical expertise in the review of medical investigations and evaluations of the professional conduct of licensees in relation to the requirements of the law; arranges and coordinates the expert review of medical records; inspects medical records to assure conformance with the law; coordinates the activities of the peer review panels; counsels physicians whose medical practice or behavior is considered below acceptable standards; and performs other functions as related.
As a medical consultant, provides medical advice and information to the Enforcement Program which is responsible for evaluating medical practices and the professional conduct of licensees. A medical consultant provides medical advice in the investigation of complaints against physicians and surgeons and other Board licensees to assure compliance with laws relating to professional and individual competence; obtains information and evidence which requires the immediate knowledge of professional medicine to secure; reviews medical records to determine whether the records, x-ray, and laboratory findings support the actual diagnosis and treatments performed; assures compliance with staff, organization, and record- keeping provisions of the Business and Professions Code; interprets the medical significance of information and evidence; participates in interviews of witnesses and interested parties to secure information relating to medical practices; participates in interviews with physicians who are the subject of an investigation to obtain explanations about their medical practice or behavior; makes a general assessment of their competence; confers with and obtains the cooperation of recognized expert medical reviewers concerning the specialized practices of medicine and special or unusual medical and surgical procedures and techniques; consults with the Attorney General's Office as part of a case management team; may be called upon to testify; conducts office conferences or discussions with physicians whose medical practice or behavior is considered below community standards; makes recommendations regarding the appropriateness of voluntary or mandatory competency testing and arranges for the administration of such testing; participates in interviews with physicians on probation to document their adherence to terms of probation; represents the Board before professional or lay groups; and prepares and dictates correspondence.
Possession of a valid unrestricted license for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the Medical Board of California or the California Board of Osteopathic Examiners. and Possession of a valid medical or osteopathic specialty certificate issued by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association. and Experience: Five years of experience within the last seven years in the practice of medicine and surgery or in one of the specialties, excluding internship and postgraduate training.
Knowledge of: Medicine and surgery, including recent developments and practices; hospital organization, procedures, and record keeping; provisions of Business and Professions Code relating to the practice of medicine and surgery and the laws, rules, and regulations of the Medical Board of California relating to medical practice; methods of diagnosis and treating medical disorders; pathology and interpretation of autopsy findings; medical specialties.
Ability to: Conduct effective interviews; exercise sound medical judgment in reviewing conflicting medical reports and preparing opinions; analyze problems and take effective action; perform administrative tasks; dictate correspondence and prepare reports; communicate effectively.
Experience performing peer review as demonstrated by:
1. Membership in a medical records review or utilization committee at a national, state, county or an approved hospital level. or
2. Former member of the Medical Board of California, service as a medical expert to the Medical Board or performing peer review for the Medical Board. or
3. Member of a formal body charged with the review of standards or criteria of medical care.
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others; emotional stability; integrity; initiative; good judgment; dependability; tact; courtesy; high professional ethics.