Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oct 28, 2020
Oct 28, 2021
General Practice
Full Time
Position Type

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is currently seeking a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to join our team. The CMO supervises all Health Services to include dental and mental health units. Health Services provides care to 24 Correctional Centers across the state housing approximately 17,000 inmates.

Salary: $250,000 to $300,000 Salary is based on education and experience.

Basic Purpose:
Under the direction of the Director of Offender Services, the Chief Medical Officer is responsible for the administration of medical, dental and mental health services to offenders sentenced to incarceration in state-operated and contracted correctional facilities. The CMO is the primary advisor on all administrative and clinical matters related to medical care within the Department of Corrections.

Typical Functions:
  • Formulates, develops and monitors standards of care and implements procedures and protocols for a constitutionally sound health care delivery system. Standards will be compatible with community standards and will align with American Correctional Association standards. Reviews all policies and procedures at least annually. Monitors compliance with current local, state and federal laws and guidelines of regulatory agencies impacting health care. Takes corrective action as necessary to ensure compliance.
  • Develops and monitors a system of accountability through quality improvement processes, utilization reviews and cost containment, reviews of major occurrences, morbidity and mortality reviews and pharmacy and therapeutics reviews. Evaluates scope, availability, accessibility and acceptability of services.
  • Provides direction for the recruitment and retention of health care personnel. Evaluates clinical performance of health care staff. Ensures proper credentialing and supervision of clinical staff in accordance with law. Provides for regular peer reviews of staff. Identifies and provides opportunities for professional and career development of staff.
  • Represents the Department on issues of health care with internal and external stakeholders to include executive and legislative branches of government as well as federal, state and local health agencies, professional health care organizations, and contracted facilities. Establishes liaison and works to improve delivery of services between the Department and community health providers such as jails, hospitals, universities and consultants providing care to offenders.
  • Ensures current standards are met for communicable disease control, chronic illness management, obstetrical services and preventative care. Approves transfers of offenders to facilities for medical reasons. Makes regular site visits to all clinics and facilities.
  • Provides input for improvements in capital planning in relation to health care facilities. Provides input on medical requirements of private prison contracts. Assists in the development and monitoring of third party contracts related to acquisition and timely procurement and payment for medical services.
  • Manages grievances and legal processes related to health care. Prepares administrative and technical reports related to health care services. Provides input for corrective actions in response to the Office of Inspector General’s investigative reports involving health care staff.
  • Ensures proper maintenance of health care records in accordance with law. Acquires and ensures maintenance of record systems and equipment for accurate delivery of health care and recording of all medical services.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge of contemporary principles and practices of general and correctional medical care of adults. Knowledge of federal, state and local laws related to the delivery of health care, confidentiality guidelines, employment and credentialing of staff. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with both medical and non-medical audiences. Skill in leadership and management.

Education and Experience:
Minimum Qualifications: Unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Oklahoma and unrestricted license to prescribe controlled substances. Registration with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Six (6) years of professional experience, including three (3) years in an administrative capacity in a health care agency or institution.

Preferred: Board certification in family, osteopathic or surgical medicine and experience in correctional medicine.

Comprehensive benefits to include:
  • Medical/Dental/Vision 
  • Flexible Spending Account 
  • Paid Holidays 
  • Annual Leave  
  • Sick Leave 
  • Leave Sharing 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Longevity Bonus 
  • Retirement
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has many other Health and Mental Health Services opportunities including physician, registered nurse, physician assistant, psychologist, and psychiatrist positions.


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