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Abolished Date: 2017-07-01


Serves as staff physician in institution.

Typical Work

Examines patients and diagnoses their illnesses; prescribes and administers routine medical treatment; refers difficult and complex cases to another physician and assists in further examination, diagnosis, and treatment of such cases,

Performs minor, and assists in major, surgical operations and autopsies; orders and interprets laboratory examinations, analyses, and X rays; writes prescriptions; makes rounds of wards and reports on condition and progress of patients;

Assists in instructing and supervising nurses, technicians, and personnel assigned for special training; attends and participates in clinics and staff conferences on surgical, medical and mental conditions of various patients and their diagnosis and treatment,

Prepares case histories, reports, and related correspondence;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: methods and principles of general medicine and surgery; methods of diagnosing and treating more common mental disorders; hospital organization and procedures social work, and rehabilitation therapies.

Ability to examine diagnose, and treat physical and simple mental diseases and deficiencies, perform minor surgery; interpret autopsy findings; laboratory analyses, and X-rays. Supervise ward personnel; prepare comprehensive case histories.

Legal Requirement(s)

A valid license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of Washington.

Desirable Qualifications

See Legal Requirements

Class Specification History

Established class May 1, 1963.
Revised class adopted May 10, 1996, effective July 1, 1996.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 5110), add class series concept--adopted May 12, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
(12/10/2009) Class series concept deleted.

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