Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 14
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a
response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants.
Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the
accuracy of your application.
Your application must describe your work and
experience, in your own words. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. "Plagiarism is
reproducing someone else's work and submitting it as your own or allowing
another person to alter or revise your work and submit it as their own." If you
fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is
insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.


Please select ONE response from below that applies:1. I have completed a Doctor of Medicine (or equivalent) degree from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of my graduation. 2. I have completed a Doctor of Osteopathy (or equivalent) degree from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of my graduation. 3. I have received permanent certification by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or a fifth pathway certificate for American students who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country. 4. None of the above apply to me.

* 1.Check from the list above:
  1. Choice 1
  2. Choice 2
  3. Choice 3
  4. Choice 4


Please select one response.

1. I 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.
2. I have a temporary license to practice medicine until the next regular session of the licensing
board that will be held within the next 12 months.
3. I am not currently licensed, however, if selected for appointment, I will obtain a license before
entering on duty or within 12 months after appointment.
4. None of the above apply to me.

* 2.Select One response from above:

  1. Choice 1
  2. Choice 2
  3. Choice 3
  4. Choice 4


Please review the list below and check one response that applies:

1. I have received certification by an approved American Medical Speciality Board in family practice, internal
medicine, pediatrics, surgery, or another specialty appropriate for general practice.
2. I have completed 3 years of accredited residency training AND one year of experience in general
practice or another specialty appropriate for general pracatice.
3. I have completed 3 years of accredited residency training AND a one year accredited internship in
emergency medicine, family practice, general practice, internal medicine, or surgery.
4. I have completed 2 years of accredited residency training; a one year accredited internship AND 1 year
of experience in general practice or another specialty appropriate for general practice.
5. I have completed 2 years of accredited residency training AND 2 years of experience in emergency medicine,
family practice, general practice, internal medicine, or surgery.
6. I have completed 1 year of accredited residency training OR internship AND 3 years of experience in general practice
or another specialty appropriate for general practice.
7. I do not have any of the training and/or experience described above.

* 3.Select One response:

  1. Choice 1
  2. Choice 2
  3. Choice 3
  4. Choice 4
  5. Choice 5
  6. Choice 6
  7. Choice 7


4.How many years of experience do you have in general practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, family practice or other specialty appropriate to general practice?(Select One response)
  1. Less than five years
  2. Five Years
  3. Six Years
  4. Seven Years
  5. Eight Years
  6. Nine Years
  7. Ten Years
  8. Eleven or more years


ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

5.Medical Officers must possess the ability to effectively manage patient care regimens, including prescribing the most effective and safe medication combinations to treat illnesses and diseases. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.

  1. I have objectively reviewed patient requests for new medications they have seen advertised, and determined if the patient will derive any significant benefit, and where no benefit is determined by prescribing the new medication, advised patient of the reasons (i.e., interaction with other medications, significant cost to patient/insurance carrier, etc.).
  2. I have regularly consulted with Pharmacist in order to stay abreast of new medications or changes in medications, prior to prescribing medication(s); and/or I have researched any interactions that could be caused by prescribing specific medications with patient's current medications and routinely consulted with higher level psychiatrist for assistance; and/or I have attended continuing medical education programs to increase familiarization with prescribing developments.
  3. I have frequently attended continuing education programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, where new medications are discussed; and/or I have replaced established medications with newly released medications (practicing "state of the art" medicine); and/or I have consulted with a physician/pharmacist when a patient's medications do not appear to be controlling the disease, or when unexpected symptoms arise after a change in medications.
  4. I have consulted the Physician's Desk Reference, or other written resources prior to prescribing medications to ensure no adverse drug interactions will occur; and/or I have considered input/feedback from other medical professionals prior to prescribing medications to patients.
  5. None of the above.


6.Medical Officers are responsible for treating the various medical needs within the confines of a correctional institution. They must possess comprehensive ability to assess the condition of patients and determine appropriate local treatment requirements, or initiate requirements to have the patient treated by outside medical professionals. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. Based on comprehensive patient histories and examination results, I have appropriately ordered preliminary diagnostic tests, and formulated a differential diagnosis to effectively treat patients' chief medical complaint; and/or I have reviewed and interpreted most test results independently.
  2. I have performed limited medical services in a general medicine out-patient clinic; and/or I have conducted routine school physical examinations; and/or I have managed routine chronic medical conditions.
  3. I have identified common acute conditions reflected in blood tests, EKG's, and x-rays, while relying on expert interpretation to confirm preliminary impressions; and/or I have performed routine office surgery and procedures (i.e., skin biopsies and cryosurgery); and/or I possess a current certification in CPR.
  4. I have admitted patients to the hospital but frequently turn over their care to another physician/specialist; and/or I have consulted with physician/specialist prior to ordering routine diagnostic tests; and/or I have conducted pre-employment physical examinations for private sector employer; and/or I have performed medical services in an out-patient/urgent care environment.
  5. None of the above.


7.Medical Officers employed by the federal Bureau of Prisons must possess a comprehensive knowledge of medical standards and regulations. This knowledge is necessary in order to appropriately treat patients within the scope of care/constraints of a correctional institution health care environment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have referenced medical textbooks for routine medical standards determinations; and/or I have appropriately documented medical records to satisfy billing and coding requirements; and/or I have presented routine patient case during hospital grand rounds.
  2. I have consulted with senior physicians on the interpretation of medical standards; and/or I have regularly attended hospital grand rounds; and/or I have attended graduate level training in medical standards.
  3. I am currently board eligible; and/or I have utilized treatment guidelines developed by insurance carriers or managed care organizations as the primary source of the standard of care/accepted practice; and/or I have derived standard of care/accepted practice from reading primary care journals such as American Family Physician, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, or Annals of Internal Medicine.
  4. None of the above.


8.Medical Officers must effectively interact with physicians, staff, inmates and outside resources in order to coordinate the medical needs and care to a diverse inmate population. They must also possess the ability to effectively coordinate actions with other departments, executive staff of the institution, and with Regional and Central Office employees on a regular and recurring basis. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have provided input/recommendations during recurring meetings; and/or I have discussed medical history or charts with other physicians to draw appropriate conclusions and make treatment recommendations; and/or I have provided instructions on care to nurses, or other subordinate health care professionals.
  2. I have discussed treatment options and calmed an upset patient facing a long/tedious recuperation period; and/or I have participated in a workgroup/task force to resolve medical care issues/needs of a clinic/hospital.
  3. I have explained treatment plans to a patient's advocate; and/or I have provided instruction on care to patient's family members; and/or I have facilitated a seminar for patients on preventive care.
  4. I have facilitated a training session for health care staff of a hospital/private facility/clinic on health care advances, concerns, etc.; and/or I have served as Chief of Staff in a clinic setting; and/or I have participated in Community Relations Board meetings by representing/presenting specific medical issues.
  5. None of the above.


9.Medical Officers must be able to produce written documents in a clear and concise manner. They are responsible for preparing comprehensive correspondence related to medical needs and required services of the inmate population. Other written communications may include preparing responses to internal and external audits, preparing policy statements, and responding to various requests for information. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared budget request packages for consideration by health care facility administrators; and/or I have prepared response to inquiry received regarding medical decisions made/patient care; and/or I have completed clear medical orders/medical charts; and/or I have prepared medical opinions or case consultation reports and documentation.
  2. I have completed forms for school physicals; and/or I have documented out-patient visits; and/or I have prepared correspondence for other physicians regarding co-managed patients.
  3. I have dictated history, physicals, and discharge summaries on hospital patients; and/or I have completed required reports for insurance companies, worker's compensation cases, Social Security Disability applications, etc.; and/or I have prepared justifications to refer patient to specialist which were accepted by insurance carrier.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 15
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a
response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants.
Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the
accuracy of your application.
Your application must describe your work and
experience, in your own words. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. "Plagiarism is
reproducing someone else's work and submitting it as your own or allowing
another person to alter or revise your work and submit it as their own." If you
fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is
insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.


Please select ONE response from below that applies:1. I have completed a Doctor of Medicine (or equivalent) degree from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of my graduation. 2. I have completed a Doctor of Osteopathy (or equivalent) degree from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of my graduation. 3. I have received permanent certification by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or a fifth pathway certificate for American students who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country. 4. None of the above apply to me.

* 1.Check from the list above:
  1. Choice 1
  2. Choice 2
  3. Choice 3
  4. Choice 4


Please select one response.

1. I 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.
2. I have a temporary license to practice medicine until the next regular session of the licensing
board that will be held within the next 12 months.
3. I am not currently licensed, however, if selected for appointment, I will obtain a license before
entering on duty or within 12 months after appointment.
4. None of the above apply to me.

* 2.Select One response from above:

  1. Choice 1
  2. Choice 2
  3. Choice 3
  4. Choice 4


Please review the list below and check one response that applies:

1. I have received certification by an approved American Medical Speciality Board in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, or another speciality appropriate to general practice.
2. I have completed 3 years of accredited residency training AND 2 years of experience in general practice or another specialty appropriate to general practice.
3. I have completed 3 years of accredited residency training AND a 1 year accredited internship AND one year of experience in general practice or another specialty appropriate to general practice.
4. I have completed 1 year of accredited residency training AND a 1 year accredited internship AND 3 years of experience in general practice or another speciality appropriate to general practice.
5. I have completed 2 years of an accredited residency training AND 3 years of experience in general practice or another specialty appropriate to general practice.
6. I have completed 1 year of accredited residency training OR internship AND 4 years of experience in general practice or another specialty appropriate to general practice.
7. I do not have any of the training and/or experience described above.

* 3.Select One response:

  1. Choice 1
  2. Choice 2
  3. Choice 3
  4. Choice 4
  5. Choice 5
  6. Choice 6
  7. Choice 7


* 4.How many years of experience do you have in general practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, family practice or other specialty appropriate to general practice?
  1. Less than Six years
  2. Six Years
  3. Seven Years
  4. Eight Years
  5. Nine Years
  6. Ten Years
  7. Eleven Years
  8. Twelve or more years


5.Medical Officers must possess the ability to effectively manage patient care regimens, including prescribing the most effective and safe medication combinations to treat illnesses and diseases. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have reviewed medication profiles of patients on a regular basis, eliminating unnecessary medications and identified medications with potential interactions; and/or I have interpreted and applied current evidence-based guidelines to select the safest and most effective treatment plan in regards to medications.
  2. I have frequently attended continuing education programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, where new medications are discussed; and/or I have replaced established medications with newly released medications (practicing "state of the art" medicine; and/or I have consulted with a physician/pharmacist when a patient's medications do not appear to be controlling the disease, or when unexpected symptoms arise after a change in medications.
  3. I have consulted the Physician's Desk Reference, or other written resources prior to prescribing medications to ensure no adverse drug interactions will occur; and/or I have considered input/feedback from other medical professionals prior to prescribing medications to patients.
  4. I have maximized medication compliance by simplifying regimens where possible, taking advantage of medications which can address more than one condition (i.e., an alpha blocker for a patient with both hypertension and prostate enlargement, an ACE inhibitor for a diabetic with high blood pressure, a beta-blocker for a patient with both hypertension and migraine).
  5. I have objectively reviewed patient requests for new medications they have seen advertised, and determined if the patient will derive any significant benefit, and where no benefit is determined by prescribing the new medication, advised patient of the reasons (i.e., interaction with other medications, significant cost to patient/insurance carrier, etc.
  6. I have acted as a consultant to other prescribers in regards to appropriate, safe medication regimens; and/or I have intervened on a patient's behalf when a concern about the safety or effectiveness of a medication regimen was raised by a pharmacist or another provider and provided feedback to the patient and the prescriber as to the reasons for the intervention.
  7. None of the above.


6.Medical Officers are responsible for treating the various medical needs within the confines of a correctional institution. They must possess comprehensive ability to assess the condition of patients and determine appropriate local treatment requirements, or initiate requirements to have the patient treated by outside medical professionals. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed comprehensive history and physical examinations appropriate to the patient's chief complaint; and/or I have developed logical list of probable diagnosis based on patient history and examination and ordered appropriate tests in a logical order to include or exclude the most likely illness.
  2. Based on comprehensive patient histories and examination results, I have appropriately ordered preliminary diagnostic tests, and formulated a differential diagnosis to effectively treat patients' chief medical complaint; and/or I have reviewed and interpreted most test results independently.
  3. I have independently performed diagnostic and therapeutic procedures within the scope of my training and experience (e.g. joint injections and aspirations, skin and subcutaneous biopsies of cancerous or precancerous lesions, flexible sigmoidoscopy, flexible laryngoscopy, exercise treadmill testing, etc.); and/or I am certified in both CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
  4. I have identified common acute conditions reflected in blood tests, EKG's, and x-rays, while relying on expert interpretation to confirm preliminary impressions; and/or I have performed routine office surgery and procedures (i.e., skin biopsies and cryosurgery); and/or I possess current certification in CPR.
  5. I have admitted patients to the hospital but frequently turn over their care to another physician/specialist; and/or I have consulted with physician/specialist prior to ordering routine diagnostic tests; and/or I have conducted pre-employment physical examinations for private sector employer; and/or I have performed medical services in an out-patient/urgent care environment.
  6. I am certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support; and/or I have independently interpreted EKG's, pulmonary function tests and appropriately identified acute findings on chest, abdominal, spine and extremity x-rays to determine appropriate initial management based on these findings; and/or I possess full admission privileges in one or more hospitals to provide inpatient care consistent with my training and specialty.
  7. None of the above.


7.Medical Officers employed by the federal Bureau of Prisons must possess a comprehensive knowledge of medical standards and regulations. This knowledge is necessary in order to appropriately treat patients within the scope of care /constraints of a correctional institution health care environment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed residency training in a primary care specialty (Family Practice, General Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Occupational Health); and/or I am currently board eligible; and/or I have utilized treatment guidelines developed by insurance carriers or managed care organizations as the primary source of the standard of care/accepted practice.
  2. I am currently board certified in a primary care specialty area (Family Practice, General Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Occupational Health); and/or I have participated in National Continuing Education conferences for area of specialty/training.
  3. I have derived standard of care/accepted practice from reading primary care journals such as American Family Physician, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, or Annals of Internal Medicine; and/or I have maintained minimum number of required continuing medical education credit hours for licensure.
  4. I have researched and applied current evidence-based treatment guidelines applicable to my practice (i.e., Joint National Commission for the Treatment and Prevention of high blood pressure, American Diabetes Association, National Cholesterol Education Program for cholesterol, American Heart Association for heart disease, Centers for Disease Control for infectious diseases, United States Preventative Health Task Force for screening recommendations for cancer and other chronic diseases, etc.).
  5. I have completed one year of internship and hold an unrestricted current medical license in one state; and/or I have referenced medical textbooks for routine medical standards determinations; and/or I have appropriately documented medical records to satisfy billing and coding requirements.
  6. I have utilized knowledge of federal laws and insurance carrier rules and regulations to assure patients receive appropriate medically necessary health care, advocating for patient's best interest when required.
  7. None of the above.


8.Medical Officers must effectively interact with physicians, staff, inmates and outside resources in order to coordinate the medical needs and care to a diverse inmate population. They must also possess the ability to effectively coordinate actions with other departments, executive staff of the institution, and with Regional and Central Office employees on a regular and recurring basis. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have discussed treatment options and calmed an upset patient facing a long/tedious recuperation period; and/or I have participated in Community Relations Board meetings by representing/presenting specific medical issues.
  2. I have chaired a committee for community/hospital health care services which resulted in implementing a streamlined health care process; and/or I have negotiated with managers, physicians, insurance carriers, etc., the resolution of complex medical care issues/needs.
  3. I have spoken as a keynote speaker at a medical convention or conference on a new medical treatment; and/or I have resolved disagreements between medical professionals on patient care/treatment.
  4. I have provided input/recommendations during recurring meetings; and/or I have discussed medical history or charts with other physicians to draw appropriate conclusions and make treatment recommendations; and/or I have provided instructions on care to nurses, or other subordinate health care professionals.
  5. I have presented lecture/presentation on the benefit of purchasing new medical apparatus to hospital management/administrators; and/or I have represented the facility as a member of a Community Relations Board on medical relations; and/or I have served as Chief of Staff of a hospital or large multi-specialty clinic.
  6. I have participated in a workgroup/taskforce to resolve medical care issues/needs of a clinic/hospital; and/or I have facilitated a training session for health care staff of a hospital/private facility/clinic on health care advances, concerns, etc.; and/or I have served as Chief of Staff in a clinic setting.
  7. None of the above.


9.Medical Officers must be able to produce written documents in a clear and concise manner. They are responsible for preparing comprehensive correspondence related to medical needs and required services of the inmate population. Other written communications may include preparing responses to internal and external audits, preparing policy statements, and responding to various requests for information. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed and implemented policy or standard operating procedures for a medical facility; and/or I have prepared technical/complex correspondence regarding patient medical needs/concerns; and/or I have prepared detailed reports depicting or justifying the need for additional manpower, equipment, medical certification/training, etc., at a medical facility; and/or I have prepared and had published articles in medical journals or textbooks.
  2. I have dictated history, physicals, and discharge summaries on hospital patients; and/or I have completed required reports for insurance companies, worker's compensation cases, Social Security Disability applications, etc.; and/or I have prepared justifications to refer patient to specialist which were accepted by insurance carrier.
  3. I have prepared budget request package for consideration by health care facility administrators; and/or I have prepared response to inquiry received regarding medical decisions made/patient care; and/or I have completed clear medical orders/medical charts; and/or I have prepared medical opinions or case consultation reports and documentation.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Other


* 2.Which of the following factors listed below was the single most important factor that influenced your decision to apply for work with the Bureau of Prisons?
  1. Pay
  2. Retirement benefits
  3. Health care benefits
  4. Vacation/holiday leave
  5. Job security
  6. Interest in public service
  7. Limited/lack of private sector jobs
  8. Organization/agency mission
  9. Reputation of the BOP
  10. Positive work environment
  11. Opportunity to advance
  12. Opportunities for training/development
  13. Variety of assignments
  14. Opportunity to make a difference with my work
  15. Challenging and interesting work
  16. Geographical location
  17. Relocation opportunities
  18. Work hours/schedule
  19. Opportunity to balance work-life issues
  20. Ability to address a new family situation (e.g., child, marital change, health change)
  21. Friend or family member working for the BOP
  22. Not addressed above
        BRANCHED: 1.Please briefly describe below the important factor, which was not addressed, that influenced your decision to apply:

       Maximum length of 75 characters.


3.In addition to the single most important factor, please indicate below any other factors that influenced your decision to apply for work with the BOP:
  1. Pay
  2. Retirement benefits
  3. Health care benefits
  4. Vacation/holiday leave
  5. Job security
  6. Interest in public service
  7. Limited/lack of private sector jobs
  8. Organization/agency mission
  9. Reputation of the BOP
  10. Positive work environment
  11. Opportunity to advance
  12. Opportunities for training/development
  13. Variety of assignments
  14. Opportunity to make a difference with my work
  15. Challenging and interesting work
  16. Geographical location
  17. Relocation opportunities
  18. Work hours/schedule
  19. Opportunity to balance work-life issues
  20. Ability to address a new family situation (e.g., child, marital change, health change)
  21. Friend or family member working for the BOP