Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health Medical Specialist

NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York, New York
Nov 26, 2018
Dec 26, 2018
Full Time
Position Type

Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health Medical Specialist

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Title Code No: 53040

Proposed Salary Range  $73.37 - $78.59 (Hourly)

The Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health (BMIRH) works to improve maternal, infant and sexual and reproductive health, as well as to reduce infant and maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in New York City. Specifically focused on neighborhoods that are facing the most significant social, economic, and health challenges, the Bureau works to increase health equity by providing evidence-based programming in breastfeeding, home visiting and reproductive services, conducting research and evaluation, and advancing policies that lead to improved health outcomes. This position resides within the Bureau's Office of the Medical Director (OMD) which is responsible for providing clinical leadership, expertise and guidance to the Maternal Community Clinical Connection. The overall goal of the Maternal Health Community Clinical Connection is to create a sustainable and replicable model that eliminates Black/White and Latina/White Racial Disparities in Severe Maternal Morbidity (SMM) and promote Safe and Respectful Maternity Care in a neighborhood and hospital facing high SMM rates. The Connection seeks to support neighborhood and hospital-specific programmatic, system, and environmental interventions to improve women's health, reduce toxic stress and trauma of people of reproductive age residing and receiving care in this neighborhood, and foster a model of community accountability.


Under the direction of the Medical Director (MD), the Medical Specialist will:

  • Provide clinical expertise on issues related to preconception health, including but not limited to chronic disease screening and treatment and contraceptive counseling.
  • Support the implementation of the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health's Reduction of Peripartum Racial/Ethnic Disparities Patient Safety Bundle at the hospital partnering with the Maternal Community Clinical Connection and participate as member of the Quality Improvement team at the selected hospital.
  • Support best clinical practices for respectful maternity care, in collaboration with the Bureau's Sexual and Reproductive Justice Community Engagement Group.
  • Schedule and present at Grand Rounds on maternal health topics to the hospitals and providers affiliated with the Maternal Community Clinical Connection.
  • Work with other DOHMH Bureaus, hospitals, medical and community providers, consultants and others to implement maternal, child and sexual and reproductive health projects.
  • Prepare reports, presentations on findings and conclusions based on the causes of maternal death, preventability, and recommendations for program and policy changes to reduce these events.
  • Present Bureau and other scientific information to various community and provider audiences, including at the local, state and national level.
  • Provide education, training, consultation, and/or input for other DOHMH bureaus, as well as external clinical providers, professional organizations and community-based organizations on severe maternal morbidity and other associated topics in maternal, preconception and interconception health.
  • Participate in the development and/or the review of medical and technical review of materials developed by the Bureau for consumers and providers and assist in the development of curriculum as needed.
  • Participate in the preparation of letters, testimony and press inquiries and policy statements.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in the State of New York; and either:

a) Valid Board Certification issued by the appropriate American Specialty Board in any specialty area required by the agency; or

b) Current approved application on file for admission to the certifying examination given by the appropriate American Specialty Board in any specialty area required by the agency.

To be assigned to Assignment Level II, individuals must have, in addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements for Assignment Level I described above, one year of satisfactory experience practicing in the specialty area.

To be assigned to Assignment Level III, individuals must possess:

a) A valid license to practice medicine in the State of New York; and

b) A Master's degree in Public Health, or equivalent Master's degree, including or supplemented by graduate credits in epidemiology and biostatistics. Completion of Epidemic Intelligence Service program of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to substitute for this Master's degree; and

c) At least two years of satisfactory experience after receipt of the Master's degree, or equivalent, in the practice of epidemiology. Specialty Board Certification or eligibility may be substituted for one year of this experience.

To be assigned to Assignment Level IV, individuals must possess:

a) A valid license to practice medicine in the State of New York; and

b) Completion of an approved residency program in an accredited hospital, including three years of experience, in either internal medicine, or family practice, or pediatrics, or another related specialty area required by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and

c) Valid board certification or board eligibility issued by the appropriate American Subspecialty Board in Infectious Disease, Pulmonary Medicine, or a related subspecialty; and

d) Completion of an approved fellowship program in an accredited hospital, including two years of experience, in either infectious diseases, or pulmonary medicine, or another related subspecialty required by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Preferred Skills

  • Five or more years of experience in a clinical setting, preferably in the fields of family medicine, internal medicine or maternal/reproductive health is required
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (must have demonstrated experience with chronic disease management), Family Medicine, or Internal Medicine are preferred
  • Knowledge of maternal, infant and reproductive health issues are is required; maternal/reproductive health is required
  • Experience working on and implementing Quality Improvement initiatives in a hospital setting
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and verbal skills are highly desired
  • Must be able to organize and keep track of several projects simultaneously and have strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel and Power Point; internet and library database searches; and bibliographic databases, e.g. Endnote)
  • Previous experience in administration, budget, procurement and program management/coordination in a community and/or hospital-based setting is desired, but not required.

Additional Information


Please note:  If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:

  • A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license.
  • Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.
  • Current Resume

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