Supervisory Medical Officer (Aviation Medicine)

US Government, Department of Transportation

Serves as the Division Manager for the Aerospace Medical Education Division. Responsible for AME management. training and outreach.


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The work of the organization directly impacts the mission of the entire agency and the National Air Space.Managerial duties typically affect employees and managers in more than one organizational unit/project/program, and include: planning; communicating the organization's vision and objectives; setting priorities; assigning tasks and responsibilities; monitoring and evaluating performance; coaching and developing employee capabilities; approving leave; and taking, recommending or approving corrective/disciplinary actions as appropriate.Defines, plans, and organizes assigned budget, staff, and other resources to accomplish objectives. Applies an advanced knowledge of the technical aspects of the work directed, an advanced knowledge of budget, human resource, and other administrative policies and procedures, and an advanced understanding of the objectives of the major subdivision.Administers a centralized program for the selection, designation, training, and management of the physicians appointed to conduct physical examinations and issue medical certificates for the Federal Aviation Administration to civil airmen throughout the United States, and to those abroad. Military flight surgeons are also included as appointees in the program.Establishes and updates medical training requirements for physicians designated as Aviation Medical Examiners and assuring the conduct of medical education programs meet those needs. Assures that the continuing medical education (CME) programs offered meet the quality requirements necessary to merit approval by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Osteopathic Physicians Associations and Surgeons Association.Responsible for planning, developing aeromedical curricula, administering, and/or arranging professional seminars, workshops, and training for pilots, inspectors, and other aviation personnel. Such seminars and training include the areas of global survival, medical aspects of aircraft accident investigations, Aerospace/Occupational Medicine, and aeromedical physiological training.Responsible for planning, developing aeromedical instructional materials, and administering national, centralized, medical education programs for airmen, including medical exhibits and films in support of aviation safety, promoting aviation safety, and the National Accident Prevention Program. Results of research projects conducted by the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) are reviewed for their pertinence of aeromedical course content and are incorporated as appropriate.Develops medical content and disseminates medical education information through a variety of media and lectures to FAA components and the aviation public upon approval by the CAMI Director and the Federal Air Surgeon.Serves as the centralized national resource for aeromedical education data and for the consultation on aeromedical education information and issues for all of the aviation community including the various state departments of aviation. Conducts Regional Flight Surgeon Duties regarding international, military, and federal region- which is the second largest region in AAM.Serves as the key advisor to the Federal Air Surgeon with respect to aeromedical education and training requirements and activities as they affect the formulation of overall FAA medical policies and plans; interacts directly with the Regional Flight Surgeons on these medical education matters.Administers a highly specialized library system in support of a broad range of aeromedical and aviation safety reference/research programs including: aviation medicine, forensic medicine, basic bio-medical sciences, occupational health, human factors engineering, psychology, transportation safety and other related areas.Regularly called upon to identify problem areas and to develop and recommend new policies and procedures for resolution.


Reference Office of Personnel Management Individual Occupational Requirements for Medical Officer, 602 series, in conjunction with the Supervisory Qualification Guide.BASIC REQUIREMENTS:Degree: Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada. This degree must have been accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (external link); Association of American Medical Colleges (external link); Liaison Committee on Medical Education (external link); Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association (external link), or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained. (copies of transcripts must be uploaded)Degree from Foreign Medical School: A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States. Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (external link), a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.Licensure: For all grade levels and positions, applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. (copy of licensure must be uploaded)Note: An agency may waive the licensure requirement for research positions not involving direct patient care.Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 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 a hospital or an institution accredited for such training. 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. Descriptions of such programs are described below.An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (external link).A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in a hospital or an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (external link), (AMA) or Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (external link).A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or an institution accredited in the United States for such training.AND,SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: All successful applicants must have five (5) years of graduate training in the specialty of the position to be filled that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position being filled.Specialized experience may include but not limited to: Design, development, delivery and administration of an Aerospace Medical Program. In addition to a residency in aerospace medicine, knowledge, skills, and abilities for work in this program area may have been acquired in fields such as internal medicine, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, family practice, psychiatry, preventive medicine, occupational health or public health.In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a Quality Ranking Factor for this position.Quality Ranking Factor (QRF): Well Qualified applicants will have: 1) Current certification in Aerospace Medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine or American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine; AND 2) Document experience as an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).Applicants should provide examples of specialized experience in their work history.Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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