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Public Health Physician Consultant - 648621

Nursing | Harrisburg, PA | Full Time and Contract

Job Description

About Us:

TulaRay partners with clients to create staffing solutions that meet unique organizational needs. Our services are designed to reduce administrative burdens, protect your brand, and improve assignment time-to-fill. We believe that mutually successful client relationships are built on lasting quality and exceptional customer service. We pride ourselves on our uncompromising commitment to high-quality emergency management & healthcare personnel, while ensuring that our clients are taken care of with personalized attention. TulaRay manages total compliance and respectfully supports hundreds of professionals and patient-centered programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION: Graduation with a degree of doctor of medicine or osteopathy from a medical school approved or recognized by the Pennsylvania Medical Licensing Board or the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Licensing Board and completion of an approved U.S. residency training program; and two (2) years of professional medical experience, including one (1) year in a public health setting. or Geriatricians or infectious disease physicians (or internal medicine physicians) with public health, epidemiology, infectious diseases (e.g., fellows or members of SHEA or IDSA), infection prevention (e.g., fellows of APIC or board certified in CBIC, sometimes noted as certified in infection prevention and epidemiology) or community medicine experience (e.g., board certified in preventive medicine). Would also consider physicians with exceptional experience in healthcare quality improvement work (e.g., CPPS, CHSP, CPSO, six-sigma, black belt, green belt), organizational transformation or risk management. Would also consider exceptional nurse practioners with the experience noted above. NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued by the State Medicine Board or Osteopathic Medicine Board; or eligibility for such licensure. Candidates must obtain the required license prior to beginning employment. POSITION COMPETIENCIES: Surveillance: Effectively conduct HAI surveillance; distinguish between HAI surveillance and clinical definitions for infectious syndromes; identify outcome data and exposure data; perform risk adjustment; use benchmarking data to assess performance. Data Management: Use all available resources to obtain information; perform quality assurance Infectious Diseases/Pathogen Transmission: Apply isolation precautions correctly for specific infections or conditions based on mode of transmission; apply available diagnostic tests to correctly identify infections; describe appropriate duration of antimicrobial therapy for specific indications. Infection Prevention and Control: Apply appropriate infection control practices; conduct risk assessment and implement preventive measures for specific projects; evaluate products objectively Outbreak Investigation: Identify outbreaks; apply investigation steps; use methods to select the appropriate study design; utilize molecular typing methods appropriately and correctly interpret results

Microbiology and Laboratory Diagnostics: Obtain and interpret microbiologic cultures; assist laboratories in implementing rapid diagnostic testing, molecular testing, various testing methodologies and help them incorporate test results into infection prevention interventions Special Populations and Non-Acute Settings: Develop and implement infection prevention approaches. Antimicrobial Stewardship: Outline the relationship between antimicrobial use and resistance; describe the roles of stakeholders Quality Improvement Science: Ensure that infection prevention is included in healthcare settings’ strategic plans Leadership Skills: lead meetings; include stakeholders in decision making processes Program Implementation, Assessment and Advocacy: recruit leaders; develop reports Outcomes Assessment, Evaluation and Research: Use basic statistics to evaluate data for trend analysis; design research studies; document and evaluate interventions Public Health and Emergency Preparedness: List reporting requirements; develop and maintain relationships; assist in policy and response plan development; serve on HAI or other committees Effective Training/Teaching: Assess learners’ need for information; use presentation tools effectively; use appropriate teaching methods in multiple modalities

Statement of Work:

Provide expert consultation to medical providers in the Commonwealth in the design, implementation, and utilization of surveillance systems for the healthcare setting and in the investigation of patterns of infection in such settings. Facilitate epidemiologic activities and provide technical expertise to a statewide network of more than 200 hospitals, more than 700 nursing homes, and other types of healthcare settings, in the identification, investigation, and control of HAIs and AR threats. Facilitate epidemiologic activities and provide vision and leadership to the HAIAR program at the agency. Create and develop effective solutions necessary to quickly limit adverse health outcomes and economic hardships that result when an HAI, infection control breach, or an infection caused by a multi-drug resistance organism (MDRO) is identified in a healthcare or community setting. Provide technical expertise relating to data collected through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) system, including content, input, and the resulting analysis. Analyze and interpret collected data for application to investigation by noting clinically significant aberrations in the collected data or risk of infection posed by an infection control breach, thereby initiating actions such as site visits or disease investigations. Examine data to identify disease trends, develop analytic reports, identify causes and note clinical significance. Make recommendations for the implementation of appropriate disease and/or infection control and prevention measures related to HAIs and MDROs based on these data.

Assist in the implementation of Pennsylvania's Disease Reporting Act and Act 52 by participating in activities related to disease surveillance, microbiological screening, benchmarking, investigation, and infection control and prevention practices in health-care settings. Interact with NHSN users and users of other reporting systems in healthcare facilities throughout the Commonwealth to provide expert consultations in the design, implementation, and utilization of surveillance systems for the healthcare setting and in the investigation of patterns of infection in such settings. Review, develop and recommend revisions to communicable disease policy and procedures, as necessary, and collaborate in the maintenance of a statewide system of infectious disease surveillance and reporting. Provide recommendations concerning the completeness, science and quality of surveillance and investigations, and provides expertise and training support. Review, evaluate and make recommendations concerning the epidemiology and other training needs of subordinates and field personnel. Provide a communicable disease epidemiology and public health consultative service using published national standards of excellence and practice to Department programs, Districts, County/Municipal Health Departments, and other state agencies, as well as to representatives of federal agencies, the medical community, the public, private facilities, and others, in order to provide appropriate advice for the investigation, control and prevention of HAI/MDRO outbreaks and infection control breaches. Collaborate in the development of statewide plans, policies and procedures related to healthcare epidemiology and communicable disease prevention and control. Participate on committees and workgroups. Collaborate with private-sector, local, commonwealth, and federal partners in healthcare associated disease surveillance systems and investigations. Prepare articles and summaries for statewide reports, lay publications, and peer-reviewed journals. Deliver public health educational presentations to selected audiences. Participate in the preparation of grant applications, progress reports, scientific articles, and presentations and other deliverables reflecting the status of HAIAR epidemiological programs in the Commonwealth. Participate in the HAIAR program annual application of grants funds from CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) grant. Participate in grant application development and grant progress deliverables. Assist in identifying and applying for new funding opportunities to support HAIAR activities. Apply knowledge and confidentiality requirements for protected health information in the gathering, analysis, storage, retrieval and reporting of data for assigned public health programs.