U.S. Department of State company profile

Foreign Service Regional Medical Officer

Job Location:

many vacancies worldwide - Washington, DC, United States

Job Description:

Opened Wednesday 2/15/2017
Closes Wednesday 3/1/2017

Salary Range $137,757.00 to $159,117.00 / Per Year

The U.S. Department of State, our country’s lead foreign policy agency, provides a rich international experience whether at home or abroad, and opportunities to become responsible leaders. Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. They work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that impact the safety, security, and prosperity of our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique career. Our talented workforce reflects and champions all of our strengths and diversity – personal, professional, and educational. We offer a workplace that values and rewards leadership, collaboration and innovation, and personal and professional development.

The Bureau of Medical Services (MED) in the Department of State maintains and promotes the health of employees and their accompanying family members who represent United States government agencies abroad. The Department assigns Foreign Service Medical Officers (RMOs), Psychiatrists (RMO/Ps), Medical Providers (MPs), and Medical Laboratory Scientists (RMLS) to selected posts overseas. Many of these posts have significant health risks and local medical care that is inadequate by U.S. standards.

As a member of a diplomatic team, you will not only help to accomplish the mission of the Department of State, but also will be a representative of your country to the people of other nations. A Foreign Service career involves uncommon commitments and occasional hardships, as well as unique rewards and opportunities. A decision to enter this career should be based on extraordinary motivation and a firm dedication to public service.

An RMO works either independently or as a member of a team of FS Medical Specialists to provide medical support for USG employees and their EFMs.

An RMO is considered “essential personnel” and is expected to be available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. RMOs duties may include, but not limited to:

Provision of direct primary and preventive healthcare for pediatric, obstetric, and adult patients and emergency and acute care services
Performance of patient histories and physical examinations
Ordering and analyzing diagnostic tests
Providing routine and travel vaccinations, mental health support and care, in collaboration with RMO/P colleagues
Prescribing medications for patients both on paper prescription pads and electronically
Performing therapeutic procedures within the scope of primary and emergency care
Screening the patient population for, and responding to concerns about, domestic violence and abuse
Competent and thorough documentation of patient care and utilization of electronic health records
Management of primary healthcare needs of a regional patient population dispersed across multiple countries
Coordination of inpatient care and monitoring for patients hospitalized in region
Anticipating and arranging for medical evacuation of patients
Managing infectious disease risks, including malaria and other tropical diseases; deployment of population outreach efforts to encourage use of prophylactic medications where appropriate
Establishing health lifestyle programs and supporting patients in their adjustment to the Foreign Service life
Ensuring patient confidentiality and records’ integrity
Serving as patient advocate, as appropriate
Maintaining own credentials, licensure, and continuing medical education
Competent management of Workman’s Compensation injury claims at post and collaboration with patient’s third party health insurance plans for indicated situations
Monitoring of food and water safety issues
Providing emergency care to staff and VIPs on USG property, if warranted
Teaching CPR, BLS, and first responder courses, as needed

Collaboration with local healthcare officials
Liaison with local and international experts
Provision of consultative support to mission personnel, including representatives from the Centers for Disease Control, on host nation and mission-specific health-related issues if needed

Management of health unit (HU) personnel and resources
Collaboration and consultation with MP, RMLS or Locally Employed (LE) staff at posts in RMO region; supervision of MP, RMLS or LE Staff at assigned post; and oversight of hiring of local HU employees
Orientation and training of new employees, mentoring of new clinical colleagues
Ensuring use of universal infectious disease and safety precautions at post
Setting budgetary priorities and maintenance of fiscal responsibility
Maintaining medical records and ensuring appropriate health information security measures in the HU
Updating medical information booklet and the Medical Capabilities Information database
Conducting of patient satisfaction surveys and implementation of workflow modifications to address identified areas for improvement
Managing region-wide immunization program
Submission of reports for statistical surveillance as directed by MED
Adherence to quality assurance procedures
Advisor to HR in facilitating Emergency Visitation Travel for employees or family members
Monitoring of health unit staff competency and continuing education
Evaluation of local hospitals, doctors, and laboratories for service availability and standards of care, safety standards utilized by local blood bank where appropriate, and safety standards of local pharmacies and pharmaceutical suppliers where available
Serving in role of occupational health advisor when indicated
Selection and support of post medical advisors
Oversight of local employee pre-employment, fitness for duty, and driver’s certification screening programs

Emergency Preparedness
Manage all medical aspects of emergency preparedness programs at Post, and collaborate with medical colleagues in their region with regards to their post specific programs, including measures to respond to terrorist threats, weapons of mass destruction, civil unrest, and natural disasters and management of MED’s emergency response programs, and management of mass casualty evacuations.
Identification and provision of training to first responder staff
Coordination of Post pandemic medical response plan
Provision of medical leadership and emergency medical care during crises

Regional Care Responsibilities
Performance of regular regional travel and in response to immediate post needs
Collaboration with regional colleagues, including performance of clinical peer review
Liaison with Regional Medical Managers (RMMs)
Provision of remote patient consultation via telemedicine or other communication means
Maintenance of regular communication with MED offices in Washington D.C. as warranted

Travel Required
75% or Greater
An FSS generally spends the majority of his/her career assigned to the Department of State’s overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For the selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Relocation Authorized
After completing orientation and initial training in Washington, D.C., an FSS usually is assigned to two overseas tours, each two years in length, directed by the Department. After the initial two tours, assignments will be for periods of one to three years overseas or in the United States.

Key Requirements
- Be a U.S. citizen and available for worldwide service.
- Be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
- Be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance.
- Be able to obtain a favorable Suitability Review Panel determination.
- Be at least 20 years old and at least 21 years old to be appointed.
- Be appointed prior to age 60 (preference eligible veterans excepted).

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For a full description of duties and to apply, please visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/464247500

How To Apply:

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Contact Information:

Contact: Department of State HR/REE/REC
U.S. Department of State
Email: careers@state.gov
Website: http://careers.state.gov/engage/events


February 15, 2017

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