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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Physician - Pathology

Bulletin Number: 

HHS-ASPR-DH-18-10182586

Position Title: PHYSICIAN - PATHOLOGY
Salary:

$92,977 to $120,868
The salary indicated above is basic pay and your locality pay will be adjusted

Series/Grade:GS 0602-14
Promotional Potential:N/A
Appointment Type:    Excepted Service – Indefinite Appointment
Position Information: Intermittent - This is an episodic, intermittent position, on an irregular or
occasional basis with hours and days of work not on a prearranged schedule
and with compensation for the actual time employed or for service rendered.
Duty Location(s):Regions 1 thru 10
Who May Be Considered:United States Citizens



This Bulletin is applicable only to candidates who were previously hired on the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary – Announcement Number HHS-ASPR-DH-18-10182586 Direct Hire Term appointment advertisements. 


Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for providing specialized forensic services for a full range of cases and the immediate initial recognition, evaluation, care and disposition of patient's remains in an effort to identify victims of a disaster or major emergency.

  2. Collaborate with forensic experts, professional associates, law enforcement officials, and others on issues of forensic pathology medicine and identification issues.

  3. Perform external and internal examinations of human remains as necessary to support investigations, establish identity, and determine cause and manner of death.

  4. Participate in formal debriefing sessions at the conclusion of a response, and may assist in the development of after-action reports including critical evaluation of field operations, team performance, individual performance evaluation polices, and forensic techniques.


Travel required
: 76% or greater – 95% Domestic and 5 % International


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Registered or exempt from Selective Service (www.sss.gov)
  • Suitable for federal employment
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.
  • Documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • One-year trial period may be required.


Following a Presidential Declared Disaster, a Public Health Emergency declared by the Secretary of HHS, or a designated augmented mission requirement, the incumbent may be required to work irregular work schedules (evenings, nights, and weekends) and work hours could be extended at critical times.  During actual emergency responses and exercises, the incumbent may be required to work for extended periods of time under austere and highly stressful conditions; may be required to remain on-call 24 hours per day, seven days per week.  During training and deployment, work may require lifting and carrying heavy equipment, supplies, and using flights of stairs when elevators are not operating.  The incumbent may be required to travel on short notice to disaster areas with only minimal comforts, including requirements to eat military-style rations (such as Meals, Ready to Eat (MRE) due to limited or no access to commercially available food.  Extended and frequent travel may be required and will be governed by the need for the incumbent to fully cover all emergency preparedness responsibilities (i.e. disasters, meetings, exercises, etc.).  This travel may depend upon the number and type of events or emergencies that may occur.

During deployments, the work is primarily related to readiness for and deployment for response during the aftermath of a disaster or public health emergency, where work may be field-based, in a tent environment that is remote and austere, caring for sick, injured, dying, or deceased persons.  This work requires above average health, physical, and mental conditioning with routine long periods of repetitive walking, bending, lifting, and carrying, such as carrying NDMS equipment or heavy patients on litters.  Incumbent must be capable of working in a high-stress, high-security, remote, austere, and uncharacterized environment, void of infrastructure and vital services, requiring specific physical demands, such as the ability to lift 50 pounds, and work characteristics that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  For these reasons, employees are required to complete a physical and health screening process, meet and maintain certain physical standards, as well as mental, behavioral, and cognitive competencies.Work may be performed in an office setting or indoor and outdoor field sites, sometimes in adverse weather.  During emergency situations, the work environment may be situated in austere conditions and environment in terms of destroyed infrastructure (e.g., food and water, housing, electricity, communications), the presence of endemic diseases, and limited health and sanitation facilities requiring special safety precautions.


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, you must have met ALL of the following requirements:

Basic Requirements: The incumbent must possess a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized body in the year of the applicant's graduation. A M.D. 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).

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The incumbent must be board certified or eligible in a medical specialty. All clinical health care worker(HCW) applicants must be capable of review and approved by a standardized systematic Credentialing and Privileging process. If clinical credentials and privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including, removal from Federal service. Must possess and maintain a current, valid, unrestricted state/national license/certification and be capable of practicing in all 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia (D.C.)

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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.

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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).

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). 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.


Additional Requirements:

For GS-14 Physician - 4 years of graduate training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.


Education

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.


Additional information

Travel and transportation expenses may be paid: No
Bargaining Unit Position: No
Drug Screening Required: No
Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No
Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No
Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No 


Security clearance

Q – Non Sensitive


What to Expect Next

When you return the email notification that you received to:  IntermittentRecruitmentRequest@hhs.gov  your current Term Appointment Position – will be reassigned to an Excepted Service – Indefinite Appointment, once it has been processed in the Enterprise Human Capital Management System (EHCM), you will receive a copy of your updated Position Description.

  • This page last reviewed: April 14, 2020