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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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you meet
of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
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Yes, I meet ALL the minimum qualification requirements described above.
No, I do not meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements described above.
submit college transcipts and medical license documentation for verification.
In addition to the minimum education and licensure requirement, you must have three years of graduate training or equivalent experience and training
one year of appropriate experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and training requirements for the position?
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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.
The Medical Officer 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.
I have reviewed medication profiles of patients on a regular basis, eliminating unnecessary medications and identified medications with potential interactions; and/or I have maximized medication compliance by simplifying regimens where possible, taking advantage of mediations which can address more than one condition (i.e., an alpha blocker for both hypertenstion and prostate enlargement, ACE inhibitor for diabetic with high blood pressure, a beta-blocker for both hypertension and migraine.)
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; 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.
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.
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; and/or I have interpreted and applied current evidence based guidelines to select the safest and most effective treatment plan.
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 meds, significant costs, etc.)
None of the above.
The Medical Officer is 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.
I have performed comprehensive history and physical examinations appropriate to the patient's primary complaint; and/or I have developed logical lists 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; and/or I am certified in both CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
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 employers; and/or I have performed medical services in an out-patient/urgent care environment.
I have independently performed diagnostic and therapeutic procedures within the scope of my training and experience (e.g., joint injections, skin and subcutaneous biopsies, flexible sigmoidoscopy, flexible laryngoscopy, exercise treadmill testing, etc); 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.
I have appropriately ordered preliminary diagnostic tests, and formulated a differential diagnosis to effectively treat patients' primary medical complaint, based on comprehensive patient histories and examination results; and/or I have reviewed and interpreted most test results independently.
I am certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support; and/or I have possessed full admission privileges in one or more hospitals to provide inpatient care consistent with my training and specialty.
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.
None of the above.
The Medical Officer 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.
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 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.
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.
I have researched and applied current evidence-based treatment guidelines applicable to their practice (i.e., Joint National Commission for the Treatment and Prevention of high blood pressure (JNC 7), American Diabetes Assoc (ADA), National Cholesterol Education Prg (NCEP 3), American Heart Assoc (AHA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U. S. Preventative Health Task Force (USPHTF), etc.); and/or I have participated in a National Continuing Education conferences in area of specialty/training.
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.
I have derived standard of care/accepted practice form 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.
None of the above.
The Medical Officer must effectively interact with physicians, staff, inmates and outside resources in order to coordinate the medical needs and care to a diverse inmate population. He/she 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.
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 spoke as a keynote speaker, at a medical convention or conference on a new medical treatment.
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; and/or I have facilitated a training session for health care staff of a hospital/private facility/clinic on health care advances, concerns, etc.
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.
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.
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.
None of the above.
The Medical Officer must be able to produce written documents in a clear and concise manner. He/she is 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.
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 have published articles in medical journals or textbooks.
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 patients to specialists which were accepted by insurance carriers.
I have prepared a budget request package for consideration by health care facility administrators; and/or I have prepared a 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.
None of the above.
Grade: All Grades
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