General Practitioner

Job Series Number: 0602

BOP Physician
Health Services at the BOP

General Practitioners (Medical Officers) provide specialized medical services to outpatients and provide medical care to inpatients in institutions with an inpatient mission. Duties are carried out in accordance with current accepted medical practices and procedures. Along with all other correctional institution employees, the Medical Officer is charged with responsibility for maintaining the security of the institution. Staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.

Duties involve all aspects of health care delivery. These duties may include:

  • Working in concert with both institution staff and consultant specialists in various clinical areas
  • Performing complete physical examinations
  • Collecting comprehensive medical and social history to include a review of all body systems
  • Performing physical assessment in correlation with historical findings, records preliminary objective findings
  • Examining and ordering appropriate diagnostic testing and provides necessary treatment and/or medications as required
  • Referring selected cases to consultant specialists when necessary
  • Referring inmates requiring hospitalization to a community hospital and to an appropriate admitting physician
  • Making rounds on inmates admitted to his/her care (for institutions with inpatient beds)
  • Seeing inmate patients who are in locked status in their designated housing area or housed in segregation units

Pay Levels GS-12, GS-15

Education

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 your 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).

Licensure

You must be in possession of 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. If you are not currently licensed you must obtain a license before entering duty. For example, you may be selected for appointment pending meeting the licensure requirement; however, you must obtain a license before entering on duty.

Experience

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. (This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or administrative positions not requiring direct patient care.)

For purposes of this standard, 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.

For consideration at the GS-12 level

You must have 2 years of graduate training or equivalent experience and training. Examples include:
  • Experience performing physical assessment in correlation with historical findings, and recording preliminary objective findings.
  • Experience conducting examinations of personnel as required for appointment. Approvals or disapproval examination in such cases from a medical viewpoint and in accordance with current established medical standards for employees.
  • Experience administering or directing administration of both curative and preventative inoculations.

For consideration at the GS-13 level

You must have 3 years of graduate training or equivalent experience and training. Examples include:
  • Experience in making decisions relative to consultation with members of medical and institutional staff.
  • Experience in providing clinical care, interviewing prospective physicians and mid-level providers, and evaluating patient care through an ongoing quality assurance program that identifies problems and their resolution.
  • Experience in providing clinical oversight and is responsible for all health care delivered.

For consideration at the GS-14 level

You must have 3 years of graduate training or equivalent experience and training

AND

1 year of appropriate experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level

Examples include:

  • Experience examining and ordering diagnostic testing and providing necessary treatment and/or medications.
  • Experience conducting examinations of personnel as required to approving and disapproving examinations.
  • Experience prescribing medications, treatments, and fully utilizing health services for treatment, rehabilitative, and diagnostic modalities.

For consideration at the GS-15 level

This pay level has been established for the following specialties only:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • OB/GYN
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Family Practice
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

3 years of residency training or equivalent experience is required

AND

1 year of appropriate experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level

Examples include:

  • Experience providing inpatient and outpatient medical care in all aspects of health care delivery in accordance with current accepted medical practice and procedures.
  • Experience providing physical examinations, physical assessment in correlation with historical findings, records preliminary objective findings.
  • Experience providing treatment, emergency medical/surgical services as required, treat severe trauma cases rehabilitative, diagnostic modalities and prescribing medication.

We are hiring for this position at many locations across the country.

Normally when a vacancy is announced, it's for a job opening at a specific location. However, because this position is in high demand it's considered an "open-continuous" announcement. That means you get to choose your top two facilities that you want to work at. Here's how it works:

  • Apply for this position using the usajobs.gov website as you would do with any other federal job.
    General Practitioner Open-Continuous Announcement
  • Select any two locations that you want to work at.
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  • After your application is accepted, you will be added to a standing register of qualified candidates.
  • When a position becomes available at one of the facilities that you selected, you will be considered for that position, and if you are selected we will contact you with an offer.

It's that simple!

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Employee picture "My first reaction when my brother asked me to consider working in the Bureau of Prisons, 'I am not going to work in a prison.' After four years, I am in charge of an inpatient acute care unit that accepts patients from the complex where I work and other facilities throughout the nation. The Bureau of Prisons can offer a good balance of professional growth, satisfaction, and predictability of scheduled work hours. This has been one of the best decisions in my career, and more important, my life."
Franklin A. Olmo. M.D. Board Certified, ABFP.
Physician

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We value your unique contribution to our collaborative team medicine approach of providing health care. Come and experience a level of clinical diversity and continuity of care not commonly available in the private sector.

We offer:

  • A supportive, safe, and secure environment with opportunity for growth and advancement.
  • A competitive federal government salary and benefits, including health care and retirement.
  • Potential for loan repayment.
  • Potential for recruitment incentives.
  • Flexible work options.

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