Foreign Service Regional Medical Officer/ Psychiatrist

Position Title: Foreign Service Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist
Open Period: 02/05/2015 – 03/04/2015
Series/Grade: FP – 0180 – 01
Salary:  $118,033 – $153,446
Promotion Potential: Senior Foreign Service
Duty Locations: MANY Vacancies Throughout the World
For more information: Medical Services Office, 202-663-1084, medhr@state.gov

Education Requirements:

DEGREE: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree 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 degree or equivalency degree from a foreign medical school that provided educational 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 county.

GRADUATE TRAINING: The applicant must have completed an internship and psychiatric residency training program approved by a recognized accrediting body within the United States or Canada.

LICENSURE AND BOARD CERTIFICATION

Applicants must have a current, valid, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States. Applications will not be accepted from psychiatrists who are not licensed. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology must certify applicants in psychiatry. Board certification and re-certification must be maintained

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE/REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have a current board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (APBN) and have a minimum of five (5) years of post-residency clinical experience in adult or child/adolescent psychiatry with at least 50% of the applicant’s time involved in direct patient care during the last 6 years.

Applicants with only four years of clinical experience beyond residency may apply for a position, in anticipation of completing the five-year requirement at the time of appointment. All experience will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Applicants must be able to integrate clinical, administrative and management skills to effectively meet the mental health needs of U.S. Foreign Service employees and their eligible family members assigned overseas. Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrists must be skilled and experienced clinicians able to gain the confidence of their patients, co-workers and supervisors, and capable of working independently in complex and difficult situations.

Applicants must be a skilled and experienced practitioner with excellent interpersonal skills. Applicant must be able to function well within a complex organization and have experience working in a high stress environment. The individual must be able to recognize and treat a wide range of mental health disorders and manage the special challenges of providing care to a diverse population, scattered over a large geographical area where local medical and mental health resources may be limited or non-existent. Clinical experience in child/adolescent psychiatric, marital/family therapy, cross cultural psychiatry, crisis intervention and substance abuse is desirable.

The applicant must be able to provide expert consultation and guidance to Foreign Service Medical Officers and other medical personnel with varying backgrounds and levels of training.

Applicants with experience in team building, leadership, and management in a multidisciplinary setting are preferred. Applicants must have effective written and oral communication skills and the ability to present findings in a clear and concise manner to both medical and non-medical personnel. Public speaking skills as well as knowledge and hands-on familiarity of computer systems and software are also desirable qualities.

The RMO/P’s patient population is unique because of background and lifestyle as part of a diplomatic community overseas. This population also differs in terms of clinical and administrative needs and the national security concerns inherent in their employment. Previous experience working in an occupational setting and/or in an overseas setting is advantageous. The successful applicant will have an understanding of the challenges of consulting in a non-medical environment.

 

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