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Job Description AST PHYSCN Working Title Physician Specialist (Psychiatry Outpatient)
Job Code 000772 Grade 6
Department Name SOM Neuroscience - D02016 Department Head Christopher Fichtner
Supervisor Christopher Fichtner Effective Date 01/17/2023
Position(s) Directly Supervised
Job Code Title FTE

Department Custom Scope
Under medical supervision, the Physician Specialist practices medicine in an outpatient psychiatry office. Diagnose and treat illness; completes examinations; counsels and instructs patients; instructs and educates trainees and/ or staff; and may assist in public relations efforts.

Education & Experience Requirements

Education Requirements
Degree Requirement
Possession of the education and legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance. Required

Experience Requirements
Experience Requirement
UCR has three levels of physicians; all levels require completion of medical residency and are distinguished by board certification status and years of experience. Required
Junior Physician requires board eligibility and must successfully pass the board exam within 18 months of hire. Required
Physician requires board certification and must have a minimum of 1 year of experience post internship/residency. Preferred
Senior Physician requires board certification and must have a minimum of 2 years of experience post internship/residency. Preferred
Background and skills in clinical practice, clinical teaching, and managed care. Preferred
Must meet UC credentialing requirements. Required
Experience in behavioral health inpatient and outpatient settings. Preferred

License Requirements
License Requirement
Possession of the legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the California Medical Board. Required
Maintenance of California Medical License and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) prescribing number. Required

Certification Requirements
Certification Requirement
Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Required
Eligible to sit for board certification in a relevant care specialty as determined by the American Board of Medical Specialists. Board certification required within 18 months of hire. Required

Educational Condition Requirements
Condition Requirement

Key Responsibilities

Description % Time
Specialty Patient Care: Physician Specialists engage in specialty direct patient care activities and medical/clinical practice as the principal component of his/her overall professional responsibility. Patient care activities will include, but are not be limited to: 1. Assessment, evaluation, diagnostic determination, on-going treatment and clinical management, necessary referral for consultation, care planning and modification, medications/therapeutic orders, transfer authorization, risk assessment, and, when appropriate, determination of readiness and planning for discharge. 2. Extensive and on-going communications with community primary care physicians who routinely manage the care of patients. 3. Day-to-day patient contact/rounding/care management that actively encourages and includes professional input from all members of the patient care team. 4. Accurate and timely completion of all clinical and professional records and documentation to assure compliance with local, state and federal regulatory, licensure and accreditation requirements. 5. Instruct residents, interns, and students in a designated specialized medical service.
Communication: Direct contact and consultation with patient family members, advocates, and others to ensure effective communication of patient status and care plans, and to encourage/support an open visitor-friendly environment within the medical/hospital environment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge/Skill/Ability Requirement
Advanced communication and interpersonal skills. Required
Ability to work effectively with staff and patients from diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds, educational levels, sexual orientations and identities. Required
Ability to stay abreast of new medical knowledge, and to maintain and increase expertise and skills as relevant to clinical practice. Required
Ability to work independently under general direction and to work collaboratively with others. Required
Computer proficiency and first-hand experience in using electronic health records systems to document patient interactions and coordinate care. Preferred

Special Requirements & Conditions
Special Condition Requirement
Occasional travel for university related business meetings, conferences and/or professional development. Required

Other Special Requirements & Conditions

Level of Supervision Received


Working Environment
Medical Center/Clinic

Other Requirements

Items Used
  • Standard Office Equipment
  • Equipment used in the treatment and diagnosis of patients.

Physical Requirements
  • Bend : Occasionally
  • Sit : Frequently
  • Squat : N/A
  • Stand : Occasionally
  • Crawl : N/A
  • Walk : Occasionally
  • Climb : N/A
  • Other : Must be able to lift up to and push / pull 50 pounds. Must be able to assist patients with mobility during rooming patients and in preparation for exams/procedures. Able to respond to assist in emergency scenarios; administer CPR.

Mental Requirements
  • Read/Comprehend : Constantly
  • Write : Constantly
  • Perform Calculations : Occasionally
  • Communicate Orally : Constantly
  • Reason & Analyze : Constantly

Environmental Requirements
  • Is exposed to excessive noise : No
  • Is around moving machinery : No
  • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity : No
  • Drives motorized equipment : No
  • Works in confined quarters : No
  • Dust : No
  • Fumes : No

Critical Position

Is Critical Position: Yes

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