CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICAL DIRECTOR
This is administrative medical and public health work directing and evaluating all medical services for the City's public health agency.
The employee in this class is responsible for overseeing the development and evaluation of standards of medical care throughout the agency,
providing medical direction to the agency's physicians, and advising the Health Commissioner in matters of medical policy. Establishing and
maintaining effective working relationships with representatives of professional societies and health agencies at the local, state, and federal
level to insure the compliance of the City's various health programs with national and statewide medical guidelines are major aspects of the
work. The employee works under the general direction of the Health Commissioner.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be approved for this class.)
- The employee in this one-position class must provide medical direction for all the medical services used in the Health Department.
- The employee in this class must work in the Health Department and report directly to the Health Commissioner.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Responsible for overall public health agency medical direction; reviews and recommends modifications for medical services to the
various components of the department; reviews and evaluates existing health care facilities, organizations, medical, nursing and health care
practices throughout the department to determine adequacy of services and needs in these areas; confers with medical directors and
administrators of the agency's public health programs; reviews medical and technical reports to evaluate quality and accuracy of patient care
and treatment services; makes recommendation to the Health Commissioner on requirements to bring services into compliance with national
and statewide guidelines; designs medical services to improve health care and health education within the community; works with program
directors to implement program changes.
- Provides technical direction to medical directors of program components within the department; advises departmental administrators
of problems pertaining to diagnostic and treatment protocol; reviews training standards for medical and health care personnel and recommends
the development of additional training programs to insure adequacy of care provided to health facilities.
- Develops recommendations for programs designed to integrate medical aspects of public health services with other government and
private-agencies to achieve public health and community goals; advises and assists the Health Commissioner in the formulation and coordination
of overall program objectives and public health policies; prepares periodic reports; conducts staff conferences with medical directors of program
- Promotes community interest in the utilization of public health services; speaks before interested lay and professional groups;
represents the Health Commissioner at meetings with other city agencies, professional groups, and the public; establishes and maintains
cooperative relationships with health agencies and hospitals to achieve coordinated health services goals.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles, practices, developments and techniques of public health medical services.
- the principles, practices, and current developments of general medicine as it applies to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
- the rules and regulations of federal and state funding of public health programs.
- the principles, practices, and goals of public health law.
- current developments in health research as it relates to medical matters of public health interest.
- evaluate scientific data to assist in the development of rational public health policy, to evaluate existing medical policy and practices
and to work with program directors to change existing program policies and practices.
- stimulate interest and establish confidence in the public health services program to enlist the cooperation of community agencies
and the public, and to represent the Health Commissioner in meetings with city officials, professional and lay organizations, and the
- present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
- interpret and implement federal and state-funded programs.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with physicians, hospital officials, federal, state and local health agencies,
and the general public.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE(The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards
which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on
training and experience requirements as approved on 6/93.)
- Graduation from an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy with a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Osteopath and completion
of an internship in an approved hospital.
- Possession of a certificate in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics or Family Practice issued by the appropriate board of specialization.
- Nine years of experience in the practice of medicine or public health policy development.
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Personnel Department that has
included possession of the certifications and specific experience described above.
- Four years of experience which has involved technical supervision of multiple public health medical programs.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
- Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued by the State Board of Medical Education and Licensure.
- Certification in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics or Family Practices issued by the appropriate board of specialization.
PAY RANGE: EP38
CSC - 4/1993 ; Ad Board - 6/1993
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 4D33