Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 13
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. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet the below-listed requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A 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.


  2. NOTE: 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.

    AND

  3. 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.


  4. NOTE: Graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

    AND

  5. 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.


* 1.Do you meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet ALL the minimum qualification requirements described above.
  2. No, I do not meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements described above.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST upload college transcipts and medical license documentation at the time of application.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education and licensure requirement, you must have 3 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and training requirements for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.This vacancy announcement is for a position that requires proof of license and educational transcript requirements. The educational transcript and license will be utilized in the agency credential requirements process. Applicants must upload this information to be included with this vacancy in order to meet the minimum qualifications.

Based on the above statement, have you uploaded the required documentation as listed in the vacancy announcement under the Required Documentation section?
  1. Yes - I have uploaded the required documentation.
  2. No - I have not uploaded the required documentation AND I understand this will result in my application not receiving full consideration unless the required documentation is provided.


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.

4.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 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.
  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 routinely consulted with Pharmacist to ensure medication is appropriate; and/or I have verified appropriateness of medication when prescribing multiple medications; and/or I have consulted with supervisor on non-traditional pharmaceutical treatment options; and/or I have limited knowledge of non-traditional pharmaceutical treatment practices; and/or I have limited familiarity with newer psychiatric medications and seeks assistance when prescribing them.
  4. None of the above.


5.Medical Officers are responsible for treating the various psychiatric illnesses 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 admitted patients to the hospital but frequently turns 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 performed psychiatric services in an out patient or emergency room environment.
  2. I have provided long term care to patients in nursing homes, Veterans Administration (VA) Hospitals/Clinics, or homes for the developmentally disabled and routinely consulted with higher level psychiatrist prior to initiating treatment; and/or I have adjusted ongoing medication therapy based upon clinical response, side effect profile or lab with clinical oversight from a higher level psychiatrist.
  3. I have appropriately ordered preliminary diagnostic tests, and formulated a differential diagnosis with consultation from a higher level psychiatrist.
  4. I have experience which is limited to one type of care such as brain injury, Alzheimer, and/or Bi-polar individuals; and/or I have utilized standard care plans, seldom using non-routine practices; and/or I have received over-sight by a more senior psychiatrist.
  5. None of the above.


6.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 limited working knowledge of medical standards and regulations; and/or I hold an unrestricted state license, am not board certified; and have less than two years of residency/internship experience; and/or I have referred non-routine medical care is to a higher level psychiatrist; and/or I have provided initial routine assessments on uncomplicated outpatients with little or no comorbid conditions.
  2. I have ordered routine tests in order to diagnose and assess appropriate care with clinical oversight from higher level psychiatrist; and/or I have completed residency training in psychiatry including a one year internship, hold an unrestricted state license in one state, and am not board certified; and/or I have appropriately documented in medical records to satisfy billing and coding requirements with oversight from a higher level psychiatrist.
  3. I have completed residency training in psychiatry, including one year of internship, and hold an unrestricted current medical license in one state, but not board certified; and/or I have referenced medical textbooks for routine medical standards determinations; and/or I have appropriately documented in medical records to satisfy billing and coding requirements.
  4. None of the above.


7.Medical Officers must effectively interact with physicians, staff, inmates and outside resources in order to coordinate the medical needs/care of a diverse inmate population. They must also possess the ability to effectively coordinate actions with other departments, executive staff of the institution, along 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. After reviewing a patient's history and medical record, I have questioned medical students/interns/residents regarding treatment and recommendations/options; and/or I have attended regular medical meetings and presented clinical examination and test data to participants as an element in treatment planning; and/or I have routinely consulted with higher level psychiatrists to draw appropriate diagnostic conclusions and consider treatment recommendations.
  3. I have provide the status of medication changes, sought out peers to discuss treatment options available; and/or I have presented, in a classroom setting, a treatment plan for an unusual psychiatric illness; and/or I have attended patient assessment meetings to provide basic patient update information to others.
  4. None of the above.


8.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 correspondence for insurance, referral, with oversight from a higher level psychiatrist; and/or I have prepared clear and concise basic clinical documentation regarding patient care with oversight from a higher level psychiatrist; and/or I have prepared clear clinical documentation regarding justifications for diagnostic tests or ancillary services with oversight from a higher level psychiatrist.
  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 performed and documented routine exams; and/or I have documented exam utilizing standardized forms; and/or I have prepared documentation for the review of higher level psychiatrist to ensure accuracy; and/or I have assisted others in collecting information for review/presentation to a governing board, court or agency.
  4. None of the above.


9.Medical Officers must perform current and emerging techniques/procedures associated with psychiatric medicine. They may have limitations to overcome, such as the availability of medical equipment, however, they must diagnose, treat, and perform procedures within the facility's scope, or establish relationships with community consultants to provide the necessary diagnostic/therapeutic services. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed comprehensive evaluations of adult outpatients, including history, physical, and neurological examinations, ordering and interpreting laboratory and radiologic studies and develops a treatment plan; and/or I have monitored patients on a regular basis including reassessment of symptoms, response to medications, side effects from medications, therapeutic drug level monitoring where appropriate, monitoring for development of tardive dyskinesia.
  2. I have performed risk assessments for thoughts, plans, and/or behaviors related to self-harm or harm towards others; and/or I have monitored patients with routine consultation from higher level psychiatrists when abnormal findings were present; and/or I have prescribed appropriate medications for the following: depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, and other primary psychiatric conditions with and without complicating medical conditions.
  3. I have re-assessed efficacy of outpatient treatment and current symptoms to ensure all issues were addressed with consultation from higher level psychiatrist; and/or I have performed basic outpatient assessment (e.g., psychiatric evaluation, and basic neurological examination, and treatment planning with routine consultation from higher level psychiatrist).
  4. I have prescribed appropriate psychiatric medication for the following: depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, and other primary psychiatric conditions without complicating medical conditions.
  5. I have performed evaluations, diagnosis and treatment plans utilizing pre-established protocol, practiced included standard assessment options; and/or I have limited practice to a small range of psychiatric illnesses and treatment options; and/or I have sought assistance with more complicated/multiple diagnosis treatment plans.
  6. None of the above.


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. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet the below-listed requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  • A 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.


  • NOTE: 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.

    AND

  • 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.


  • NOTE: Graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

    AND

  • 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.

    AND

  • Three years of graduate training or equivalent experience and training.


* 1.Do you meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet ALL the minimum qualification requirements described above.
  2. No, I do not meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements described above.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST upload college transcipts and medical license documentation at the time of application.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education and licensure requirement, you must have 4 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and training requirements for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.This vacancy announcement is for a position that requires proof of license and educational transcript requirements. The educational transcript and license will be utilized in the agency credential requirements process. Applicants must upload this information to be included with this vacancy in order to meet the minimum qualifications.

Based on the above statement, have you uploaded the required documentation as listed in the vacancy announcement under the Required Documentation section?
  1. Yes - I have uploaded the required documentation.
  2. No - I have not uploaded the required documentation AND I understand this will result in my application not receiving full consideration unless the required documentation is provided.


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.

4.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 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.
  2. I have regularly attended continuing medical education programs to stay abreast of current prescribing developments and trends, 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.; and/or I have provided expertise regarding pharmaceutical procedures to treat mental illnesses to interns and medical students.
  5. None of the above.


5.Medical Officers are responsible for treating the various psychiatric illnesses 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 determined best course of action to treat chronic mental illnesses based on comprehensive patient histories and examination results; and/or I have appropriately ordered preliminary diagnostic tests, and formulated a differential diagnosis to effectively treat patients chief complaint.
  2. I have provided long term care to patients in nursing homes, Veterans Administration (VA) Hospitals/Clinics, or homes for the developmentally disabled and routinely consulted with higher level psychiatrist prior to initiating treatment.
  3. I have reviewed and interpreted most test results, history and examination data independently; and/or I have identified common conditions reflected in the findings, while relying on expert interpretation to confirm preliminary impressions.
  4. I have admitted patients to the hospital but frequently turned 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 performed psychiatric services in and out patient or emergency room environment.
  5. I have adjusted ongoing medication therapy based upon clinical response, side effect profile or lab with clinical oversight from a higher level psychiatrist; and/or I have appropriately ordered preliminary diagnostic tests, and formulated a differential diagnosis with consultation from a higher level psychiatrist.
  6. None of the above.


6.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 ordered routine tests in order to diagnose and assess appropriate care with clinical oversight from higher level psychiatrist; and/or I have completed residency training in psychiatry including a one year internship, hold an unrestricted state license in one state, and not board certified; and/or I have appropriately documented in medical records to satisfy billing and coding requirements with oversight from a higher level psychiatrist.
  2. I have completed residency training in a psychiatric specialty, but not board certified; 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.
  3. I have completed residency training in psychiatry, including one year of internship, and hold an unrestricted current medical license in one state, but not board certified; and/or I have referenced medical textbooks for routine medical standards determinations; and/or I have appropriately documented in medical records to satisfy billing and coding requirements.
  4. I have derived standard of care/accepted practice from reading professional journals such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, or Journal of Clinical Psychiatry; and/or I have maintained minimum number of required continuing medical education credit hours for licensure.
  5. None of the above.


7.Medical Officers must effectively interact with physicians, staff, inmates and outside resources in order to coordinate the medical needs/care of a diverse inmate population. They must also possess the ability to effectively coordinate actions with other departments, executive staff of the institution, along 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 effectively worked with patients to help them understand treatment options; and/or 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.
  3. After reviewing a patient's history and medical record, I have questioned medical students/interns/residents regarding treatment and recommendations/options; and/or I have attended regular medical meetings and presented clinical examination and test data to participants as an element in treatment planning; and/or I have routinely consulted with higher level psychiatrists to draw appropriate diagnostic conclusions and consider treatment recommendations.
  4. 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.


8.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 correspondence for insurance, referral, with oversight from a higher level psychiatrist; and/or I have prepared clear and concise basic clinical documentation regarding patient care with oversight from a higher level psychiatrist; and/or I have prepared clear clinical documentation regarding justifications for diagnostic tests or ancillary services with oversight from a higher level psychiatrist.
  2. 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.
  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.


9.Medical Officers must perform current and emerging techniques/procedures associated with psychiatric medicine. They may have limitations to overcome, such as the availability of medical equipment, however, they must diagnose, treat, and perform procedures within the facility's scope, or establish relationships with community consultants to provide the necessary diagnostic/therapeutic services. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I am currently Board Eligible in Psychiatry; and/or I have performed Psychodynamic psychotherapy; and/or I have served as a "consultation liaison" in psychiatry; and/or I have performed comprehensive evaluation of adult inpatients, including history, physical, and neurological examination, ordering and interpreting of laboratory and radiological studies, and developed treatment plan.
  2. I have performed comprehensive evaluations of adult outpatients, including history, physical, and neurological examinations, ordering and interpreting laboratory and radiologic studies and develops a treatment plan; and/or I have monitored patients on a regular basis including reassessment of symptoms, response to medications, side effects from medications, therapeutic drug level monitoring where appropriate, monitoring for development of tardive dyskinesia.
  3. I have re-assessed efficacy of outpatient treatment and current symptoms to ensure all issues were addressed with consultation from higher level psychiatrist; and/or I have performed basic outpatient assessment (e.g., psychiatric evaluation, and basic neurological examination, and treatment planning with routine consultation from higher level psychiatrist).
  4. I have performed risk assessments for thoughts, plans, and/or behaviors related to self-harm or harm towards others; and/or I have monitored patients with routine consultation from higher level psychiatrists when abnormal findings were present; and/or I have prescribed appropriate medications for the following: depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, and other primary psychiatric conditions with and without complicating medical conditions.
  5. I have prescribed appropriate psychiatric medication for the following: depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, and other primary psychiatric conditions without complicating medical conditions.
  6. 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. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet the below-listed requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  • A 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.


  • NOTE: 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.

    AND

  • 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.


  • NOTE: Graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

    AND

  • 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.

    AND

  • Three years of graduate training or equivalent experience and training.


* 1.Do you meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet ALL the minimum qualification requirements described above.
  2. No, I do not meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements described above.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST upload college transcipts and medical license documentation at the time of application.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education and licensure requirement, you must have 5 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and training requirements for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.This vacancy announcement is for a position that requires proof of license and educational transcript requirements. The educational transcript and license will be utilized in the agency credential requirements process. Applicants must upload this information to be included with this vacancy in order to meet the minimum qualifications.

Based on the above statement, have you uploaded the required documentation as listed in the vacancy announcement under the Required Documentation section?
  1. Yes - I have uploaded the required documentation.
  2. No - I have not uploaded the required documentation AND I understand this will result in my application not receiving full consideration unless the required documentation is provided.


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.

4.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 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.
  3. 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); and/or I have acted as a consultant to other prescribers in regards to appropriate, safe medication regimens.
  4. 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.
  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 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.


5.Medical Officers are responsible for treating various medical needs within the confines of a correctional institution. They must possess the 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 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.
  3. I have admitted patients to the hospital but frequently turned 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  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.


6.Medical Officers 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), but is not board certified; 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 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.
  5. 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, Center for Disease Control for infectious diseases, United States Preventative Health Task Force for screening recommendations for cancer and other chronic diseases, etc.
  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.


7.Medical Officers must effectively interact with physicians, staff, inmates and outside resources in order to coordinate the medical needs/care of a diverse inmate population. They must also possess the ability to effectively coordinate actions with other departments, executive staff of the institution, along 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 resolved disagreements between medical professionals on patient care/treatment; and/or 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I have discussed treatment options and calmed an upset patient facing a long/tedious recuperation period; and/or I have participated in a workgroup/taskforce to resolve medical care issues/needs of a clinic/hospital.
  4. 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; and/or I have spoken as a keynote speaker at a medical convention or conference on a new medical treatment.
  5. 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.
  6. None of the above.


8.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 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.
  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 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.
  4. None of the above.


9.Medical Officers must perform current and emerging techniques/procedures associated with psychiatric medicine. They may have limitations to overcome, such as the availability of medical equipment, however, they must diagnose, treat, and perform procedures within the facility´┐Żs scope, or establish relationships with community consultants to provide the necessary diagnostic/therapeutic services. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I am currently Board Certified in Psychiatry; and/or I have performed Electroconvulsive therapy; and/or I have performed Cognitive Behavioral therapy; and/or I have managed inpatient acute psychiatric conditions, including seclusion and restraint, detoxification, and emergency involuntary medications.
  2. I have performed comprehensive evaluations of adult outpatients, including history, physical, and neurological examinations, ordering and interpreting laboratory and radiologic studies and developing a treatment plan; and/or I have prescribed appropriate medications for the following: depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, and other primary psychiatric conditions with and without complicating medical conditions.
  3. I am currently Board Eligible in Psychiatry; and/or I have performed Psychodynamic psychotherapy; and/or I have served as a "consultation liaison" in psychiatry; and/or I have performed comprehensive evaluation of adult inpatients, including history, physical, and neurological examination, ordering and interpreting of laboratory and radiological studies, and developing treatment plans.
  4. I have performed assessments and reports for involuntary commitment of patients; and/or I have performed comprehensive evaluations of individuals with history of substance abuse or dependence; and/or I have managed opiate dependent patients with methadone and/or buprenorphine.
  5. I have monitored patients on a regular basis including reassessment of symptoms, response to medications, side effects from medications, therapeutic drug level monitoring where appropriate, monitoring for development of tardive dyskinesia; and/or I have performed risk assessments for thoughts, plans, and/or behaviors related to self-harm or harm towards others.
  6. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades


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