The Connecticut Department of Children & Families has a Principal Physician opportunity at the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center (AJSCC) South Campus, in Middletown, CT.
The AJSCC serves complex youth and families with various neuropsychiatric disorders, and provides state of the art treatment through comprehensive interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations, pharmacotherapy, individual and family therapy, group and milieu therapy, school and systems interventions. The AJSCC is also a psychiatry teaching facility for child and adolescent psychiatry fellows and is accredited by Joint Commission. AJSCC has 2 campuses: in Middletown which has 52 inpatient adolescent beds and 24 psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) beds for adolescent girls and in East Windsor which has 38 PRTF beds for adolescent boys. AJSCC is recognized nationally for its prevention and reduction of restraints and seclusions. AJSCC has competitive training programs including: Yale Child Study Center Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program, University of Connecticut Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program and Yale Law and Psychiatry Training Program for Forensic Fellowship. AJSCC has training programs with various universities for other clinical and nursing disciplines. AJSCC has 10 child & adolescent psychiatrists, 4 pediatric/medical staff, 6 child & adolescent psychiatry fellows and 1 forensic fellow.
Duties include but are not limited to: provides medical supervision to specified groups of patients, makes rounds and provides direct care and clinical oversight of multi-disciplinary treatment teams, ensures adherence to policies and/or The Joint Commission (TJC) and Health Care Financing Authority (HCFA) standards, assesses, examines and evaluates patients for admission or discharge; monitors the use of special treatment procedures; assesses, examines, diagnoses and prescribes appropriate medications and other biologic treatments, prepares and/or reviews reports, medical records and correspondence and performs related duties as required. The Principal Physician receives general direction from the Solnit Medical Director. They may lead/supervise medical and unit staff including physician assistants, nurses and clerical staff. Incumbents may be required to travel.
Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm; with on-call and weekend coverage as scheduled for the Department of Children and Families as appropriate for children in care of the Department with complex medical needs
Minimum Qualifications Required: considerable knowledge of methods and principles of medicine and surgery; considerable knowledge of current principles and methods of assessment and treatment of youth with medical illness, mental illness and substance abuse disorders; considerable knowledge of recent developments in field of adolescent medicine and substance abuse including treatment models and best practices; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to examine for, diagnose, assess and treat youth with illnesses and substance abuse disorders; considerable ability to prescribe medications and other treatments specific to medical illness, mental illness and substance abuse disorders; ability to develop a collaborative group practice environment with other physicians, psychiatrists and members of interdisciplinary teams; ability to analyze and interpret laboratory reports, x-ray reports and other medical reports and findings; administrative/supervisory ability.
GENERAL EXPERIENCE - Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification in the field of pediatric medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, or related specialty, from an appropriate medical specialty board.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS - Incumbents must possess and retain a license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut. A temporary license may be granted for a period not to exceed one (1) year. Incumbents must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. 1320a-7b(f).
Application Instructions: Qualified candidates must submit a CT-HR-12 (CT State application), resume, letter of intent, the names and contact information for three (3) supervisory references, original transcripts and a copy of any license or certification required. The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
If you have questions regarding this position please contact CT DCF / Human Resources at 860-704-4224.
Additional Salary Information: Connecticut is an excellent state to raise families and has outstanding schools, colleges and universities. There is an excellent salary, medical/dental and retirement benefit package and paid sick/vacation/personal leave for this position.