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    The U.S. Department of State is hiring Regional Medical Officer Psychiatrists (RMOP).  The salary listed is from the FS Overseas Comparability Pay rate ($143,417 to $165,649).  If assigned to Washington, DC, the salary is from the FS Locality Pay rate.  RMOPs may be eligible for a Physician's Comparability Allowance up to $30,000.  Refer to the Benefits section for more information on recruitment and retention incentives.  Joining the Foreign Service is more than just salary.

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    The Bureau of Medical Services (MED) in the Department of State safeguards and promotes the health and well-being of American's diplomatic community, which consists 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.

    A Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist (RMOP) works either independently or as a member of a team of FS Medical Specialists to provide medical support for USG employees and their Eligible Family Members (EFMs).

    An RMOP is considered "essential personnel" and is expected to be available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  RMOP duties include but are not limited to:


    • Provides ambulatory and emergency psychiatric care for employees and eligible family members - including children
    • Assesses post morale
    • Responds to emergencies 24-hour/7days a week
    • Performs telephone consultations; assures patient confidentiality
    • Responds to crises at the home post or regional posts
    • Renders clinical consultations on workplace and family violence events (including child and spousal abuse cases)
    • Provides educational and treatment services as feasible for alcohol and drug abuse prevention at post
    • Renders psychiatric consultations for Regional Medical Officer and Medical Provider
    • Helps employees in problems of adjustment to life style
    • Creates and provides educational and therapeutic presentations to officers and families at post 
    • Assists with establishing lifestyle programs
    • Evaluates medical clearances


    • Collaboration with local healthcare officials
    • Liaison with local and international experts
    • Provision of consultative support to mission personnel on host nation and mission-specific health-related issues, if needed
    • Works with non-Department of State agencies
    • Advises the Chief of Mission
    • Assists Consular officers


    • Maintains required Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits
    • Trains staff as needed on screening for psychiatric conditions and stress management
    • Maintains accurate medical records including requested workload and clinical care metrics, documents and reports on regional travel, and plans and requests budgets for regional travel
    • Evaluates local mental health resources
    • Evaluates local mental health care providers
    • Arranges medical evacuations
    • Serves on country team
    • Works with mail order pharmacies
    • Sends statistical reports
    • Works with post medical advisor
    • Responds and collaborates with medical department in Washington
    • Liaises with other Department psychiatrists
    • Consults at the American or other international schools

    Emergency Preparedness

    Provision of medical leadership and psychiatric medical care during crisis

    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
    • Liaise 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

    76% or greater - An RMOP generally spends the majority of his/her career assigned to our 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


  • Job family (Series)

    0180 Psychology

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/568137300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.