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EMS & Trauma System Medical Director (AZ)

June 28, 2019

Fabulous Job Opportunity
EMS and Trauma System Medical Director
State of Arizona
Bureau of EMS and Trauma System:

The Bureau of EMS and Trauma System is a lively, assertive group of professionals that play a vital role in improving Arizona’s EMS and trauma system.  Because each staff member understands that their actions affect the provision of care, they take ownership and responsibility for their work.  They expect the same of the Medical Director and Bureau Chief.

We are public servants.  The Bureau of EMS and Trauma System leads from behind by serving the EMS, trauma, public safety and public health professionals charged with advising the Bureau on EMS and trauma system development and improvement.  The Bureau is successful only when we ensure that the EMS and trauma stakeholders of Arizona are successful.

The Medical Director plays a key leadership role in the Bureau, and is expected to roll up his or her sleeves and participate in each activity for which they are responsible.  No individual in the Bureau is allowed to assign a task and walk away.  We are a team, and the Medical Director and Bureau Chief participate fully in the work of the Bureau.

The Bureau is organized around two separate, but vital functions.

  • The Regulatory Section is charged with licensing, inspecting, tracking, reviewing, renewing and enforcing statute and rule for emergency medical care technicians, EMS training programs, EMS medical control hospitals, air and ground ambulance inspections and licensing, and trauma hospitals.
  • The Services Section is charged with managing the EMS and trauma quality improvement efforts, the EMS and trauma registries, time sensitive illness and injury activities, EMS for children, statutory committee operations, and voluntary quality initiatives for EMS agencies, medical directors, law enforcement agencies and hospitals. This section is served by two data-system managers, two epidemiologists and a biostatistician.

Joint Public Health Initiatives:

The Department and Bureau believe that using data to improve the quality of care provided to the citizens of Arizona is vital.  Arizona’s EMS and hospital community have supported the Bureau’s involvement in public health initiatives with the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center, Arizona’s trauma centers, and county public health departments.  National and international practices have changed because of Arizona’s EMS and hospital providers support for improving out of hospital cardiac arrest survival, 9-1-1 dispatch training on cardiac arrest recognition and treatment, and improving care for traumatic brain injury patients.

 Job Summary: Arizona Department of Health Services is seeking an individual to serve as Medical Director for the Bureau of EMS and Trauma System.  To be eligible for appointment, the person must be qualified in emergency medicine and licensed as a physician in one of the states of the United States.  This is a full-time position with an annual salary between $120,000 and $125,000.

Primary responsibilities of the Medical Director of the Bureau of EMS and Trauma System include:

  • Guide/assist staff and EMS and trauma providers to describe and improve Arizona’s time sensitive illness and injury system; creating and editing system, agency, and facility quality improvement reports; creating and editing ad-hoc public health reports describing regional and county EMS and trauma incidence.
  • Developing agendas for, and chairing, the meetings of the State Trauma Advisory Board, the EMS Council, and the Medical Direction Commission; Providing guidance on agenda development and management of standing committees including the Trauma and EMS Performance Improvement standing committee, the Education standing committee, the Protocols and Medical Direction Standing Committee, the EMS for Children standing committee, and other committees or ad-hoc workgroups that are periodically created.
  • Reviewing evidence and participating in interviews of EMCTs whose actions are under review, and if necessary, sanctioning EMCTs who have violated standards.
  • Serving as a trauma and EMS expert, as needed, to assist the Bureau and Department to carry out statutory functions.

Major Responsibilities and Essential Functions

  • Time Sensitive Illness and Injury:
  • Guide/assist in the development and serial re-evaluation through surveys of time sensitive illness and injury programs in Arizona’s EMS and hospital community;
  • Guide/assist in the creation/identification and sharing of resources supporting time sensitive illness and injury prevention programs;
  • Guide/assist in the collection of and improvement in EMS and hospital data describing time sensitive illness and injury programs;
  • Guide/assist in the development and editing of blinded, aggregate system and agency benchmarking reports describing performance of organizations on time sensitive illness and injury treatment.

 Statutory Committees:

  • Guide/assist in agenda, document and minutes development and serve as chairperson for the EMS Council, Medical Direction Commission and the State Trauma Advisory Board.
  • Mentor the chairpersons for the Trauma and EMS Performance Improvement standing committee, the Education standing committee, the Protocols and Medical Direction Standing Committee, the EMS for Children standing committee, and other committees or ad-hoc workgroups that are periodically created on agenda, document and minutes development and membership issues.

Quality Improvement Reporting:

  • Consistent with statutes and rules pertaining to the Bureau’s quality improvement requirements, Guide/assist in creating various policies, documents and reports including:
    • Benchmark reports for EMS agencies and trauma hospitals,
    • Policies and procedures to improve the quality of data,
    • Regional and county EMS and Trauma System reports,
    • Ad-hoc reports, and
    • Annual reports.

Supporting ADHS:

  • As requested, participate in emergency response training and real-time events , and serve as an EMS and trauma system expert for Departmental public health initiatives.

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