Regional Medical Officer

U.S. Department of State
Sep 15, 2020
Sep 15, 2021
Emergency Medicine
Full Time
Position Type

Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes After completing orientation and initial training in Washington, D.C., an RMO usually is assigned to two overseas tours, each two years in length, directed by the Department. After the initial two tours, assignments will be for periods of one to three years overseas or in the United States.


The U.S. Department of State is hiring Regional Medical Officers (RMO). The salary listed is from the FS Base Schedule Payscale. In most cases, new-hires are paid at the FS Overseas Comparability Pay rate ($143,417 to $165,649). RMOs may be eligible for a Physician’s Comparability Allowance up to $30,000. Refer to the Benefits section for more information on recruitment and retention incentives. Joining the Foreign Service is more than just salary.


A Regional Medical Officer (RMO) works either independently or as a member of a team of FS Medical Specialists to provide medical support for USG employees and their eligible family members (EFMs).

An RMO is considered “essential personnel” and is expected to be available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. RMOs duties may include, but not limited to:


  • Provision of direct primary and preventive healthcare for pediatric, obstetric, and adult patients and emergency and acute care services
  • Performance of patient histories and physical examinations
  • Ordering and analyzing diagnostic tests
  • Providing routine and travel vaccinations
  • Providing mental health support and care, in collaboration with psychiatry colleagues
  • Prescribing medications for patients both on paper prescription pads and electronically
  • Performing therapeutic procedures within the scope of primary and emergency care
  • Screening the patient population for, and responding to concerns about, domestic violence and abuse
  • Competent and thorough documentation of patient care and utilization of paper and electronic health records
  • Management of primary healthcare needs of a regional patient population dispersed across multiple countries
  • Coordination of inpatient care and monitoring of patients hospitalized in region
  • 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 health lifestyle programs and supporting patients in their adjustment to the FS life
  • Ensuring patient confidentiality and records integrity
  • Serving as patient advocate, as appropriate
  • 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
  • Provision of emergency care to VIPs on USG property, if warranted
  • Teaching CPR, BLS, and first responder courses, as needed


  • Collaboration with local healthcare officials
  • Liaison with local and international experts
  • Provision of consultative support to mission personnel on host nation and mission-specific health-related issues if needed


  • Management of health unit (HU) personnel and resources
  • Collaboration and consultation with all HU staff at posts in RMO region; supervision of HU staff at assigned post; and oversight of hiring of local HU employees
  • Orientation and training of new employees, mentoring of new clinical colleagues
  • Ensuring use of universal infectious disease and safety precautions at post
  • 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 of patient satisfaction surveys and implementation of workflow 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 assurance procedures
  • Advisor to HR in facilitating Emergency Visitation Travel for employees or family members
  • Monitoring of health unit staff competency and continuing education
  • Evaluation of local hospitals, doctors, and laboratories for service availability and standards of care, safety standards utilized by local blood bank where appropriate, and safety standards of local pharmacies and pharmaceutical suppliers where available
  • Serving in role of occupational health advisor when indicated
  • 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 their region with regards to their 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 management 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

  • Performance of regular regional travel and in response to immediate post needs
  • Collaboration with regional colleagues, including performance of clinical peer review
  • Liaison with Regional Medical Managers (RMMs)
  • 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: 50% or lessRequirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Be a U.S. citizen and available for worldwide service.
  • Be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • Be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance.
  • Be able to obtain a favorable Suitability Review Panel determination.*
  • Be at least 20 years old and at least 21 years old to be appointed.
  • Be appointed prior to age 60 (preference eligible veterans excepted).**

The Bureau of Medical Services (MED) in the Department of State safeguards and promotes the health and well-being of American’s diplomatic community, which consists of employees and their accompanying family members who represent United States government agencies abroad. 

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