Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The County of San Mateo has an excellent opportunity for an experienced Supervising Physician to provide leadership to our Surgical Specialty Clinic team at San Mateo Medical Center in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.

The San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) is committed to providing quality medical care to meet the health needs of our diverse patient community. San Mateo Medical Center is part of the County of San Mateo Health System. Our commitment is to provide quality care with a compassionate touch and we strive to help you maintain a balance between work and family.  SMMC, a 509-bed integrated care facility, has been providing healthcare to our community and surrounding service area since 1930.  It is committed to developing leadership across the organization and creating a culture of continuous process improvement using lean management and process improvement philosophy.  At SMMC, we develop supervisors to become our future medical leaders and are looking for medical professional who are interested in developing or expanding their leadership skills in a Health Care System.

SMMC is seeking an experienced Supervising Physician with over 2 years of supervisory experience to collaborate with the Medical Director in planning, organizing and directing the activities and staff of Surgical Specialty Clinics, and developing standards for specialty service lines.  The selected individual will spend up to 30% of time in direct patient care at SMMC in the area of their Board Certification/Board Eligibility.

Other duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • As a key member of the Specialty Clinics Leadership Team, work to improve the quality of care and access to care for patients visiting our 24 specialties.
  • Design and direct process improvement projects for Ambulatory Specialty Services across the SMMC outpatient network.
  • Participate in LEAN improvement and training events.
  • Assign, direct and monitor work of Surgical Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in conjunction with contracted Specialty Providers including assigning, directing and monitoring work.
  • Coordinate the work of consulting physicians to improve patient care across service lines.
  • Conduct comprehensive medical histories and physical examinations.
  • Prescribe and administer treatment and medication as necessary.
  • Develop and monitor adherence to medical policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Provide consultation services.
  • Participate in in-service training programs.
  • May also supervise medical, professional and technical and support staff which includes responsibilities for selection, performance evaluation and corrective action.


The position offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package which includes County funded malpractice insurance, retirement plans and health benefits for retirees, reimbursement of professional dues and expenses (up to $2,500/year), an additional 5% increase in salary for each qualifying Board certification up to two (2) Boards, administrative leave time at 5 hours per pay period up to 260 hours (this is prorated for part time employees) that can be cashed out up to 50% each Spring, and a wellness program, including exercise classes, worksite massage, and an onsite gym.


Knowledge of:

  • Health care management practices and principles including revenue retrieval.
  • Current developments, trends and research in a medical specialty.
  • Principles and practices of supervision.
  • Development of medical policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Preparation of comprehensive reports and other correspondence.
  • Pharmacology and psychopharmacology including laws regarding informed consent, dosage ranges, drug incompatibilities and side effects.
  • Laws, statues, codes and regulations related to the specialty area which govern health service providers, and JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.
  • Advanced principles, practices and techniques of general medicine and its application.
  • Medical diagnosis and treatment.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Direct medical programs.
  • Clinically supervise and provide lead direction to medical/professional staff, including physicians.
  • Fully supervise staff, including selection, performance evaluation and corrective action.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence.
  • Apply principles of effective management techniques.
  • Diagnose patients and prescribe treatment or therapy in the designated specialty area.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, their families, hospital staff, community organizations and others.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with individuals within the County or at any level within the Health Services Department.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is three years of experience in the designated medical specialty.  Board Certification or eligibility for certification in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Surgery or a related area is highly desirable.
  • License to practice medicine or osteopathy in the State of California.


Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. Resume or CV will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire. This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.


Apply immediately. This is a continuous recruitment and is open until filled. Selections may be made at any time within the process. 

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Kristin Herman (100617) (Supervising Physician - F127)

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