Medical Officer

Reference number: Post 20 / 85

Directorate: Critical Care

SALARY: R596 118 per annum

CENTRE: Steve Biko Academic Hospital

REQUIREMENTS: MBChB or its equivalent, registration with the Health professions council as a Medical Practitioner. Good interpersonal and communication skills. Computer Literacy (MS Package). Multidisciplinary team experience. Proven Clinical experience. Experience in Medical Care of acutely ill patients. ATLS and ACLS certificate is a strong recommendation.

DUTIES: Function as a member of a multidisciplinary team of Critical Care Personnel. Provide Medical Care in the HCU and various ICU”s. Render after hour clinical services. Main Responsibility will be primary care of all patient admitted to the High Care Unit (HCU). This will include the initial Clinical Assessment, resuscitation, primary Management, clinical history and examination, writing of all notes on admission of the patient as well as daily follow up notes, planning of investigations in consultation with the critical care fellow and / or Senior Specialist in charge of HCU, insertion of IV lines as required, monitoring and hemodynamic, oxygenation and mental status. Medical Officers should be able to assess and manage the patients airway and be able to perform an initial assessment of trauma patients or patients from any other discipline admitted to the HCU. Medical Officers will report directly to either Critical Care fellow on duty in the HCU or the Senior Specialist in charge of the HCU. Additional Responsibilities will be assisting Registrars, fellows and consultants, as required in the HCU as well as discussing problems and presenting all patients admitted in HCU with either a fellow or specialist from an appropriate specialty. Medical Officers will be responsible for providing after hours cover for patients in the HCU and assisting Registrars or fellows after hours with new admissions. The Medical Officers in HCU will also spend time in the Intensive Care Units to learn additional skills when the work in the HCU is complete. Medical Officers must attend daily ward rounds in the HCU to discuss problems and management plans with Senior personnel.

ENQUIRIES: Prof J.P Pretorius Tel No: (012) 354- 2107

APPLICATIONS: The applications can be hand delivered to Cnr Malherbe & Steve Biko Road or posted to Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Private Bag x 169, Pretoria, 0001

CLOSING DATE: 06 June 2014

NOTE: Applications must be submitted on form z83, obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the internet at / documents. The Completed and signed form should be accompanied by a recently updated CV as well as certified copies of all qualification / s and ID document( no copies of certified copies allowed, certification should not be more than six months old). Failure to submit all the requested documents will result in the application not being considered. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you have not been contacted within three (3) months after the closing date please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

Click here to download a Z83 Application Form.

Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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