Foreign Service Medical Provider

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 12

Position description

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.

The Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of FSS vacancies based on the needs of the Department.

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A Medical Provider (MP) works either independently or as a member of a team of Medical Specialists to provide medical support for USG employees and their EFMs. An MP is considered “essential personnel” and is expected to be available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MPs duties may include, but not limited to:

Clinical: Provision of direct primary and preventive healthcare for pediatric, obstetric, and adult patients and emergency and acute care services

  • Ordering and analyzing diagnostic tests
  • Providing routine and travel vaccinations
  • Providing mental health support and care, in collaboration with Regional Medical Officer and psychiatry colleagues
  • Prescribing medications for patients
  • Performing therapeutic procedures within the scope of primary and emergency care
  • Screening for, and responding to, concerns about domestic violence and abuse
  • Competent and thorough documentation of patient care via paper and electronic health records
  • Coordination of inpatient care and monitoring of patients hospitalized at post
  • 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 healthy lifestyle programs and supporting patients in their adjustment to Foreign Service life
  • Ensuring patient confidentiality and records’ integrity
  • Consulting with other health care team members
  • 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 

Diplomatic: Collaboration with local healthcare officials and liaison with local and international experts

  • Provision of consultative support to mission personnel, on host nation and mission-specific health-related issues
  • Interacts with other USG agencies and advises the Ambassador on health issues affecting the Mission
  • Serves on Emergency Action Committee
  • Advises consular personnel and acts as occupational health advisor 

Administrative: Management of health unit (HU) personnel and resources

  • Collaboration and consultation with all HU staff at posts in region
  • Supervision of LE Staff at assigned post , and oversight of hiring HU staff
  • Orientation and training of new employees
  • Ensuring use of universal infectious disease and safety precautions
  • Setting budgetary priorities and maintenance of fiscal responsibility
  • Maintaining medical records and ensuring appropriate medical records security
  • Updating medical information booklet and the Medical Capabilities Information database
  • Conducting patient satisfaction surveys and implementation of 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 management policies and monitoring of health unit staff competency and continuing education
  • Evaluation of local hospitals, doctors, blood bank and laboratories for standards of care, where appropriate, and safety standards of local pharmacies and pharmaceutical suppliers where available
  • Occupational health advisor
  • Maintains inventory of medications and supplies and oversees controlled substances
  • Contributes to post differential report
  • Organizes representational events
  • 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 the region with regards to 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 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: Performs regional travel in collaboration with RMO, and in response to immediate post needs

  • Supervises HU staff in region and mentors new MPs
  • Collaboration with regional colleagues and clinical peer review
  • Liaison with Regional Medical Managers
  • 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

Occasional travel - A Medical Provider 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.

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