Clinical Physicians perform professional activities, requiring specialized education and training, to provide general medical care and treatment for residents and clients of State institutions and facilities.
The levels in this series are distinguished primarily by their
training, experience, and licensure requirements.
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PHYSICIAN: requires a limited permit to practice medicine in New York State and completion of one year of post-graduate training; assists in providing general medical care.
CLINICAL PHYSICIAN (PART TIME): non-competitive jurisdictional class; requires a license to practice medicine in New York State, completion of one year of post-graduate training, and one year of work experience; provides general medical care; works part time.
CLINICAL PHYSICIAN 1: requires a license to practice medicine in New York State, completion of one year of post graduate training, and one year of work experience; serves as a staff physician in general medical care.
CLINICAL PHYSICIAN 2: requires a license to practice medicine in New York State, completion of one year of post-graduate training, and two years of medical experience; serves as an advanced clinical practitioner; may supervise medical services for an assigned facility, program, or unit.
Clinical Physicians 3 direct medical services for all correctional facilities within assigned regions or serve as directors of medicine at large hospitals or other State facilities.
Medical Specialists practice medicine within a recognized discipline and must have completed an educational and training program approved by the American Certifying Board for the medical discipline.
Resident Physicians practice medicine within a recognized discipline while completing an educational and training program in that discipline.
Research Physicians specialize in designing and conducting studies and experiments about the diagnoses, causes, spread, and treatment of diseases and preparing and presenting research reports about their activities.
Cancer Research Clinicians specialize in clinical care and research programs in connection with the cause, cure, treatment, and prevention of cancer.
Conducts medical examinations of patients and coordinates treatment.
In addition, a Clinical Physician 1 or 2 performs the following duties.
In addition, a Clinical Physician 2 may perform the following
Administers and manages the health care and treatment programs for an assigned facility, unit, or program.
Participates in discharge planning and approves the discharge of patients.
May provide advanced treatment within a recognized medical specialty based on additional training and education.
Develops and administers procedures and policies for the health services program, facilities, and staff and assures that staff comply with them.
Clinical Physicians work with considerable independence in
conducting medical examinations, recommending treatments, and
coordinating patient care. In addition, positions at the 2 level
receive only limited administrative review when assigned responsibility
for managing health services at a facility or for a program.
Assistant Clinical Physicians and Clinical Physicians 1 generally work under the supervision of Clinical Physicians 2 who may consult with and advise them about diagnoses and treatment plans and review and approve their treatment recommendations and patient care plans.
Clinical Physicians regularly apply a complex body of medical knowledge in the performance of their duties. This knowledge is continuously expanding and changing in response to research, development of new treatment techniques, medicines and technology, and greater understanding of diseases, treatments, and health care management. Clinical Physicians must maintain high levels of current knowledge about new developments in medicine. Further, they must apply this knowledge while dealing with people who may have limited or no understanding of health care or who are not responsive to treatment for reasons other than their physical condition and the appropriateness of the treatment.
Clinical Physicians are regarded as experts in medical care by patients and their caregivers and other direct care staff. They are relied on to provide a wide range of medical advice about patient conditions, treatment, diseases, injuries, and health care, while taking into consideration a wide variety of factors that impact on the general well-being of patients.
There is a high level of responsibility for work performance, with Clinical Physicians responsible for the treatment and care of patients. The consequences of error are great: mistakes may result in injury or death of patients, injury to the reputation of the facility, and dissatisfaction of patients and their families.
Clinical Physicians have frequent oral communications with patients, caregivers, and medical, nursing, and support staff to elicit and clarify information, answer questions, explain health conditions and treatment methods, coordinate treatment, give orders for patient care, and provide medical advice. Oral communications require that Clinical Physicians explain complex medical information so that it can be easily understood and comprehended by patients and caregivers, who generally have limited or no understanding of medical science.
They have frequent written communications to record information about patients and their treatment, order treatments and prescriptions, and maintain patient records. In addition, written communications include reports about the health care program and its operations, explanations of new developments in health care and treatment, and dissemination of procedural, policy, and other information affecting unit and facility operations.
Clinical Physicians are legally responsible for the accuracy of the medical information they convey and enter in records.
Clinical Physicians supervise patient care staff by prescribing treatments, giving orders to implement treatment programs for patients, supervising the administration of treatment, and answering questions and advising staff about patient care and treatment.
Clinical Physicians 2 may supervise all medical, nursing, patient care, and support staff for an assigned facility, unit, or program by performing the full range of supervisory responsibilities. In addition, they may provide administrative supervision over related health care operations, including pharmaceutical and dental services.
In some agencies, Clinical Physicians must be eligible for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare Programs.
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PHYSICIAN
Open Competitive: degree as a Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, or Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, completion of one year of post-graduate training, and a limited permit to practice medicine in New York State.
CLINICAL PHYSICIAN (PART TIME)
Open Competitive: education and training as described above, a license or limited permit to practice medicine in New York State, and one year of work experience.
CLINICAL PHYSICIAN 1
Open Competitive: education, training, licensure, and work experience as described for Clinical Physician (Part Time).
CLINICAL PHYSICIAN 2
Open Competitive: education, training, and licensure as described for Clinical Physician (Part Time) and two years of work experience.