Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System (SCVHHS), a large public healthcare system in San Jose CA, is seeking a full-time BE/BC pediatrician with an interest in child abuse pediatrics and advocacy for vulnerable children and youth to join the staff of the new Medical Clinic at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Santa Clara County. The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Santa Clara County provides medical evaluations, forensic interviews, and advocacy services to children and youth who may have experienced child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, and neglect. The CAC is a collaboration between SCVHHS, the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS/CPS), the District Attorney’s Office, the law enforcement agencies of Santa Clara County, and community advocacy organizations including Community Solutions and YWCA. CAC physicians and advanced practice providers (physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners) are members of the SCMVC Department of Pediatrics.
SCVHHS is a teaching institution affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine. We offer the unparalleled opportunity to gain the long-term personal and professional satisfaction of serving our patients and our diverse community, while teaching the next generation of health care providers, in one of the best places to live in the United States.
About the Position
The responsibilities of the Children’s Advocacy Center Pediatrician include clinical, administrative, and systems’ development roles. While all pediatricians are advocates for children, this individual will be viewed throughout Santa Clara County as a physician leader in child advocacy. The ideal candidate is an experienced general pediatrician with an interest and significant experience in child abuse pediatrics beyond residency. This candidate also has an interest in providing care for vulnerable patients, including children and adolescents who may have experienced child sexual abuse, child physical abuse and neglect, foster care, juvenile justice system involvement, homelessness, food insecurity, and youth with a history of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC).
The ideal candidate will have these interests and skills: clinical expertise in the forensic evaluations of children who may have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect; awareness of the impact of trauma on the emotional and psychological well-being of children; and the ability to collaborate with other leaders and organizations to improve the integration of services for vulnerable children and youth.
Forensic evaluations for child sexual abuse, child physical abuse and neglect at the Medical Clinic at the Children’s Advocacy Center and at SCVMC. Clinical hours and call schedule to be determined.
Consultation in child physical abuse and neglect, when requested by the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS/CPS), Law Enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, and clinical providers within SCVHHS, inpatient and outpatient, and affiliated external clinics (The School Clinics, Indian Health Center, etc.)
Collaboration with the Pediatric Diagnostic Center, which will open doors in 2022, co-located with the CAC. The candidate will have potential opportunities to participate in developmental assessments in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams. 4. Supervision of CAC advanced practice providers (physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners).
Provide ongoing education and develop educational materials for staff pediatricians, residents, and physicians regarding signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect.
Provide annual training for the pediatric and emergency departments regarding mandatory reporting requirements and recognition of signs and symptoms of child abuse.
Support SCVMC’s Child Abuse Prevention Committee, an internal to SCVMC cross-disciplinary team that evaluates quality of abuse evaluations across SCVHHS, and supports educational efforts
Collaborate with our county and community partners to develop a centralized trauma-informed resource for children who have survived child abuse and neglect. These partners include Behavioral Health, Dept. of Family & Children Services (DFCS), Kinship and Foster Parent Association (KAFTA), Juvenile Court, Probation, District Attorney’s Office, County Superintendent of Schools, and Santa Clara County First 5.
Represent SCVMC on county-wide organizations who advocate for children’s health and safety, including Santa Clara County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC), the Child Death Review Committee (CDRT), the Cross Agency Service Team (CAST), and others, as appropriate.
About the organization
Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System (SCVHHS) is the second-largest County-owned health and hospital system in California and is committed to improving the health of the 1.8 million people of Santa Clara County. As of March 2019, SCVHHS is comprised of three hospitals: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC - a 574-bed central hospital), O’Connor Hospital (OCH), and Saint Louise Regional Hospital (SLRH); in addition SCVHHS includes a large primary care network comprised of nine health centers throughout the County (including our newest center in downtown San Jose, which opened in 2016), several urgent care clinics, a broad-range of specialty services in our Valley Specialty Center, comprehensive dental services, a large behavioral health department, public health, EMS, and Valley Health Plan.
SCVMC itself hosts five residency training programs and partners with Stanford University Medical Center for the training of residents and fellows in many Stanford-based specialties, including pediatrics. SCVMC also features a Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center, Primary Stroke Center, and a CARF-accredited Rehabilitation Center. Owing to its geographic location and specialty offerings, SCVMC not only serves the County, but also the larger region.
About the community
SCVMC is located in San Jose, California in the heart of Silicon Valley, offering a diverse choice of cultural, recreational, and lifestyle opportunities. Our physicians live in a range of communities, including urban (e.g., San Francisco), university (e.g., Palo Alto), high tech (e.g., many cities of Silicon Valley), mountain (e.g., Los Gatos), beach (e.g. Santa Cruz), and rural/agricultural (e.g., Gilroy). Situated in one of the most desirable regions of the country – only 45 minutes from the Monterey Bay and three hours from the Sierra Nevada – our physicians enjoy a very high quality of life.
The San Francisco Bay Area is well known for its rich diversity of cultures. Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System seeks candidates whose experiences have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The County of Santa Clara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious belief, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or preference, pregnancy, marital status, disability, medical condition, political belief, veteran’s status, organizational affiliation or association with any individual in any of these groups. Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System is committed to inclusion for all of its patients, employees, and community.
About compensation and benefits
We offer competitive compensation, generous comprehensive benefit package (including 53 days of leave per year), paid malpractice, vibrant professional environment, opportunity for career growth, and the opportunity to serve a multicultural patient population.
If you are interested in joining a practice with unparalleled personal and professional advantages, then please submit your letter of interest and CV to Roya Rousta at MD.firstname.lastname@example.org.