Physician - Office of School Health
NYC Department of Education - Brooklyn, NY

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Physician – Office of School Health
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Position Summary: The Office of School Heath (OSH) is a joint program of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). OSH has been the provider of public health services in the schools for 100 years. OSH provides health services and preventative services to DOE students. Services to students include case management of chronic health problems, preventive health screening, urgent care, medication administration, preventive counseling, health education, referral for care and assurance of ongoing effective treatment. OSH also assists the Department of Education in managing its programs for students with educational and physical disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504).

The Physician for the Office of School Health will observe students in their assigned school for the purpose of writing an order/referral for school based Occupational Therapy (OT)/Physical Therapy (PT) services when it is determined that the services are appropriate. This observation will take place in a manner that complies with all reimbursement requirements under Medicaid for properly claiming the provision of school based OT/PT services. The Physician will also assist the Office of Pupil Transportation in determining the transportation requirements of special education students; review requests for after school and other nursing accommodations; perform other medical services for schools on an as needed basis; and may cover or review the work of other Physicians during course of assignment. Performs related work.

Reports to: Medical Director/Supervising Physician

Direct Reports: N/A

Key Relationships: Works closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH); OT/PT Medicaid Program Manager, OT/PT Supervisors, CFNs/CSEs/D/75 staff, school administration, School Nurse, OSH IT staff, DOE Medicaid staff, and the Office of Related and Contractual Services (ORCS) staff.


OT/PT and Other Related Services
  • Visit assigned schools in order to complete the Physician Order Form related to school based OT/PT services.
  • Observe each student briefly while working with current OT/PT providers or observe student in educational setting.
  • Review relevant educational and medical information, including students Individual Education Plans (IEPs) to ascertain medical diagnoses and disability classifications for students receiving OT and PT services in school.
  • Utilize the internal DOHMH data management system and the Automated Student Health Record (ASHR) to maintain and access student records.
  • Complete the required Physician Order Form as necessary for submission to Medicaid for reimbursement for OT/PT services and physician checklist, if necessary.
  • Maintain and complete all records and documentation as required by Medicaid; report his/her progress, e.g., the number of orders completed and the number remaining at the school at the end of each session and attend trainings, as deemed necessary, including the provision of school based OT/PT services, and Medicaid compliance.
  • Interact with school's occupational and physical therapists to ascertain therapy goals for each student.
  • Attend mandated DOE trainings including the provision of school based OT/PT services, and Medicaid compliance.
  • Perform the above listed responsibilities for other related services such as, but not limited to, speech therapy, nursing and student transportation.

Additional Medical Services to Schools
  • Perform certain mandated physical examinations, e.g., new admissions, working papers, and other examinations such as accommodations to high schools students participating in sports.
  • Serve as consultant to school nurses and administration on health concerns of individual students and general public health issues of relevance to the entire school community.
  • Collaborate with school nurses on clinical initiatives to improve the health status of individual students in each school by utilizing information aggregated from the Automated Student Health Record (ASHR) reports.
  • Serve as consultant to specific District 75 schools, Committees on Special Education (CSE), special education staff in community schools, and school nursing staff.
  • Function as a liaison to students community based medical providers to resolve issues pertaining to services in school.
  • Attend CSE reviews and impartial hearings as a medical expert and attend/present at school staff meetings and parent meetings.

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.

  • Physician with pediatric experience.
  • Medicaid provider.
  • Knowledge of developmental disabilities.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Satisfactory computer skills.

Salary: $71.18 per hour

(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

Applications will be accepted through January 10, 2014.


NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.


It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at

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