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    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.

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    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 less - 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.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Must be a U.S. citizen. Potential applicants should read the entire announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements and understand a Foreign Service career.

    Applicants may not reapply for one year after the previous application for the same position.

    If a State Department Suitability Review Panel denied suitability in the last two years, you may not apply (except Diplomatic Security Special Agent (SA) candidates whose denial was based solely on the unique requirements for SAs.)

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/464247500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.