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Public Health Physician, Communicable and Infectious Diseases, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
No deadline noted

Job ID: 13-0148

Organizational Overview:

Public Health Ontario (PHO) is an arm's-length government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.

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Position Details:

This position is focused on communicable and infectious diseases including enteric, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, sexually-transmitted and blood-borne virus infections and related public health surveillance and control activities.

Although this position does not comprehensively focus on immunization and vaccine preventable diseases, these dimensions are included in a number of communicable and infectious disease within this portfolio, e.g. influenza, hepatitis A and B.

Key Responsibilities:

The position will be part of the physician complement within Communicable and Infectious Diseases (CID) and will report to the Medical Director, Communicable Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC). This position will work in a collaborative manner with other physician and scientist positions within CID and will work as a specialist support and collaborator with the operational director, managers and staff of the CDPC Program.

As such, the key responsibilities of this position are the following:

  • Provide specialized advice and contribute field relevant and practice-based expertise to CID, particularly in reference to providing advice to public health partners. An important part of these functions are made concrete through scientific support to the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee- Communicable Disease.
  • Provide specialized input to ongoing infectious disease surveillance activities and provide scientific leadership to the investigation and control of communicable disease outbreaks when PHO input is expected/requested.
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of CID initiatives, including providing oversight for selected CID-led projects.
  • Support the Director in ensuring that the scientific and technical advice provided to public health partners is of the highest quality (including ensuring public health partner relevance).
  • Provide specialist support, collaboration and mentoring for the operational director, managers and staff of the CDPC Program.
  • Participate in CID scientific studies, as collaborator, co-investigator or principal investigator based on experience, skills and team complement.
  • Take a lead role in the scientific contributions to ongoing updates/revisions to the Ontario Public Health Standards and the relevant communicable/infectious disease protocols and guidance documents.
  • Supervise and mentor Public Health and Preventive Medicine residents and other trainees as required.
  • As required, this position will also represent PHO, promoting our mandate and strategic initiatives through presentations at meetings, conferences and other activities. In so doing, the position will serve as a bridge to enhance connections between the CID Division and public health partners.

This position will provide the successful candidate with valuable personal and professional development. The successful candidate will gain hands-on experience at the provincial agency level.

Education and Experience:

  • Fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine  preferred.
  • Other suitably qualified physicians with post graduate training in public health will also be considered.
  • Must be licensed to practice medicine in Ontario or eligible for licensure in Ontario.
  • Local public health experience (minimum of 5 years) in communicable disease investigation and control, including outbreak investigations and control, is a prerequisite.
  • It is expected that the successful candidate will obtain an academic appointment at an appropriate university.

Applications will be considered starting on October 28, 2013. This posting will remain active until the position is filled.

Job Status: Full Time Regular
Posting date: 10/11/2013
Street Address: 480 University Avenue
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario [ON]

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Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications/competencies.

Thank you for your interest in this position.  Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Job Status: Full Time Regular