Medical Officer (Physician)
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This is a Direct Hire Public Notice, under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice and selections are made for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.
This Public Notice is to gather applications which may or may not result in a referral or selection.
This Public Notice may be used to fill positions in other equivalent pay systems (i.e., NH, NJ, NK).
Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.
- Occasional Travel
- You may be expected to travel for this position.
Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).
Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. (This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or administrative positions not requiring direct patient care.) For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada.
License: For positions involving patient care, candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
Additional Requirements for Grades GP-13 and Above: The requirements below are grouped according to types of programs-clinical and training, aviation medical, occupational health, disability evaluation, maternal and child health, and research.
Clinical and Training Programs: Within Federal clinical and training programs, a distinction is made between general practice and specialist positions. General practitioners must be skilled in recognizing various medical pathologies that require referral to specialists for diagnostic and treatment procedures. Graduate training and experience must, therefore, be well rounded. Specialist positions require graduate training and experience related to the specialty and subspecialty of the position to be filled. Experience may not be substituted for training essential for performing specialized duties. The length and content of residency programs depends upon the specialization and requirements of recognized accrediting American medical specialty boards. These boards are authorized to conduct examinations to determine the competence of physicians in the specialty, to issue certificates of qualification, to participate in evaluating the quality of residency programs, and to determine the requirements for certification.
General Practice positions: For GP-13: Three years of graduate training or equivalent experience and training.
For GP-14 and above: In addition to the requirements for GS-13, one year of appropriate experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.
Specialist positions for GP-13: 3 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.
Specialized Experience for GP-13: Specialized Experience includes professional medical knowledge in the examination and valuation of claims cases representing the full range of types of claims and of types of medical and other problems. Develop cases, worksheets, analytical discussions and make decisions in terms of issues and facts involved, and make logical application of regulations, precedents, and other instructions. Making decisions, a medical officer at this level resolves the medical and legal questions at issue, and either signs the decisions, issues instructions concerning further development, or writes a dissenting opinion.
Specialist positions for GP-14: 4 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.
Specialized Experience for GP-14: Specialized Experience includes a very high degree of medical knowledge in order to render sound professional judgments on cases of the complexity dealt with. The positions involve responsibility for examining cases referred from field Rating Boards, either: (1) for advice on exceptionally complex medical issues; (2) because the case involves a potential reversal of a previous decision of another Rating Board concerning service-connection of the disability; or (3) because the Rating Board believes the case warrants a departure from established benefit schedules.
Specialist positions for GP-15: 5 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.
Specialized Experience for GP-15: Specialized Experience includes incumbents to have authoritative knowledge of their specialty area of medicine, general practice or other specialization, and of the disability evaluation program of the agency. They are recognized for, and exercise a high degree of professional leadership in their specialty area (characterized by a penetrating understanding of medicine in other specialties). Physician member of the board is responsible, of his authoritative and intensive knowledge of a specialty area, for advising the Board as to when such theories have been accepted as medical facts and when such theories have not been so accepted. Physician member must keep abreast of the latest developments reported in medical literature and be able to apply an authoritative, critical judgment to developments reported.
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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of the principles of the specialization being filled (e.g. clinical, preventive medicine, including aviation medicine, occupational medicine and public health, research, teaching or training, disability evaluation, or administration) gained by experience performing diagnostic, preventive, or therapeutic services to patients in hospitals, clinics, public health programs, diagnostic centers, etc.
2. Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, standards and instructions that govern medical practices.
3. Skill in diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of patients.
4. Ability to instruct, guide and advice providers, support staff and/or patients on medical issues.
5. Skill in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of diseases and medical conditions to include but not limited to: diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, asthma, arthritis, cancer, extremity injuries, and psychiatric/psychological disorders.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Position may be subject to random drug testing
- Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
- Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
- Employee must maintain current certifications
- Position may require an appropriate security clearance
- Employee must maintain current certifications; Basic Life Support (BLS), Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Life Support (PLS) certification are as well required
- Must have and maintain a permanent, full unrestricted License to practice medicine