The Division of Public Health is accepting applications for a Medical Consultant/SHARPS Program Director. The Medical Consultant will serve as Medical Director for the North Carolina SHARPPS (Surveillance for Healthcare and Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens and Patient Safety) Program. The person in this position will work in collaboration with Communicable Disease Branch personnel, SHARPPS program director and staff to provide consultation to infection prevention and control partners, hospital epidemiologists, clinicians, local health departments, laboratories, citizens, media, and others regarding prevention of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistant pathogens. The person in this position will work closely with a variety of federal, state and local agencies active in preventing and responding to existing and emerging healthcare associated and antimicrobial resistant infections. This position has primary responsibility for the following activities:
- Provide consultation to clinicians, infection control professionals, local health departments and other partners regarding identification and prevention of HAIs.
- Participate in public health and emerging infections responses, such as COVID-19.
- Lead outbreak response investigations and on-site infection control assessments.
- Participate in the multi-disciplinary statewide SHARPPS Advisory Group, maintain existing partnerships with federal, state and local public health agencies including the NC Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE), and establish new opportunities for consultation and collaboration with academic institutions across the state.
- Provide input into the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and have direct oversight for SHARPPS proposed activities, strategies and metrics.
- Oversee and assist with gap analysis, identification of mitigation strategies, and education targeting HAI outbreak reporting, response, and investigative capacity.
- Direct antimicrobial stewardship activities, including working with academic medical centers and institutions to coordinate studies and update protocols.
- Advise, work closely with, and make recommendations as needed to the Communicable Disease Branch head, Medical Director of the Communicable Disease Branch and Medical Consultation Unit, State Epidemiologist, and the SHARPPS Program Director.
- Supervise members of the SHARPPS team.
The NC Division of Public Health (DPH) works to promote and contribute to the highest possible level of health for the people of North Carolina – Everywhere, Everyday, Everybody.
The Communicable Disease Branch of the Division of Public Health primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law to the state health department, as well as a few other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as influenza, norovirus infection and certain healthcare-associated infections.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information listed under the text resume section or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. Qualified candidates must document on the application that they possess all of the following:
- Working knowledge of communicable diseases, possesses the clinical skills, knowledge, and experience enabling him/her to rapidly assess the situation presented, arrive at an appropriate assessment, and make recommendations regarding control measures
- Experience with epidemiology, including surveillance methodology, data collection, data analysis, study design, interpretation methods, and principles of outbreak investigation
- Working knowledge of healthcare associated infections, antimicrobial resistant organisms, and antimicrobial stewardship principles
- Working knowledge of infection prevention and control principles and practices
- Working knowledge of various types of surveillance systems and their applications, to include NHSN
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with the public, hospital infection preventionists, and the news media
- Knowledge of public health laws, regulations, and policies and the ability to interpret them for others
- Training and experience in applied epidemiology and/or healthcare epidemiology at the federal, state, or local level.
- Working knowledge of communicable diseases, infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship principles.
- Certification in Infection Control (CIC)
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Licensed to practice medicine in the state of North Carolina.