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Physician (Internal Medicine)

Defense Health Agency (DHA)
Seoul, 11
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Feb 11, 2022

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Who May Apply: Current, Permanent Army Medicine Employees - Physician (Internal Medicine).


This position is located at USAMEDDAC-KOREA, PYONG TAEK, SOUTH KOREA

As a selectee, recruited from the United States, you are entitled to certain foreign area benefits, such as Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) or government quarters, home leave, etc.

Located near Seoul, Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis in South Korea. It is a mega-city with a population of more than 10 million people. Seoul is the heart of Korea's culture and education as well as politics and economics. It is the home to many old historic sites like Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces, and places of traditional culture like Bukchon Hanok Village, Insa-dong, and Namdaemun Market. The shopping and entertainment districts of Myeongdong and Apgujeong, and Asia's largest underground shopping center COEX Mall also draw a large number of tourists every year. The Hangang River, which runs through the center of the city, is also a distinctive landscape of Seoul that offers a myriad of resting areas for citizens.




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As a specialist in internal medicine, provides full treatment to cases involving outpatient and inpatient medical care. Also furnishes expert professional consultative assistance in internal medicine matters to colleagues, other clinical services and outlying medical treatment facilities. In this capacity performs the following:

a. Evaluates outpatient and inpatients for gastrointestinal problems. Performs the following gastrointestinal sub-specialty procedures: esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy with or without cold or hot biopsy and polypectomy with cold biopsy forceps or snares: Hemostasis of GI bleeding with non-variceal sclerotherapy with/without clips. (70%)

b. Personally performs in-depth evaluation and treatment of outpatients and inpatients. With full in-patient privileges, admits patients suspected of having a complex clinical course requiring further in-depth evaluation. Because of overlapping symptoms of a complex nature in some patients, the incumbent is required to exercise considerable ingenuity to make the proper diagnosis and order multiple tests. Complicated diagnostic testing procedures may be required to institute the proper plan of therapy. Recognizes acute and chronic medical problems and diagnoses a wide variety of medical conditions. Follows patients with the above problems as appropriate with periodic reevaluation and treatment revisions. Provides medical evaluation and treatment to cases in the intensive care unit involving internal medicine. ((5%)

c. Performs the following cardiology sub-specialty procedures: performs and interprets Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE) with M-mode/2D, Color Doppler and Tissue Doppler Imaging (5%)

d. Acts as a consultant furnishing recommendations and instructions to other internists, general medical officers and to other medical colleagues in the Medical Treatment Facility (MTF), outlying medical clinics and aid stations throughout the Korean peninsula, and to professional counselors in community agencies. Provides acute care during times of physical emergencies. Incumbent is required to be trained in Acute Cardiac Life Support and Acute Trauma Life Support and to maintain skills so as to be ready for individual and mass casualty emergencies. (10%)

e. Responsible for all administrative activities normally associated with inpatient and outpatient health care delivery within the military setting. Also responsible for participating in various hospital meetings, including, but not limited to, quality assurance meetings. Ensure medical records are updated with in-depth evaluation of patients, their treatments and their prognoses. Maintain required continuing medical education (CME) hours by attending conferences and other approved CME events. (5%)

f. Supervises one local national Clinical Nurse, KGS-09. Assigns work, establishes performance standards, provides advice and guidance on work and administrative matters, provides training, and evaluates performance. Schedules and approves leave, initiates personnel actions, resolves employee complaints, and takes minor disciplinary action if required. Interviews and selects applicants for vacant positions. Reviews job descriptions for accuracy and reports detailing of employees. 5%

Performs other duties as assigned.

NOTICE TO EMPLOYEE: Title and grade are established in accordance with position classification standards and guides referred to in Item 4. These referenced materials are available for your review in the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.

NOTE: Assignment to duties other than those above for a period exceeding 30 days constitutes a misalignment and must be corrected immediately by the appropriate operating official submitting a Form SF-52, Request for Personnel Action, either to detail or to permanently assign employee to the appropriate job. Questions regarding details should be referred through your supervisor to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.



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Incumbent in this position conducts a full range of physical examination and screens patients to determine need for medical care and diagnoses patients who have respiratory, cardiovascular, gastroenterological (GI) or endocrinological problems. The incumbent conducts diagnostic tests to evaluate diseases such as coronary artery disease, peptic ulcer disease, GI-bleed, hypertension, and diabetes, and uses the full range of diagnostic testing available at the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital. The incumbent has full inpatient privileges and follows the patient through the full course of evaluation and treatment. The incumbent currently performs diagnostic procedures that had previously been out-sourced to specialists at local teaching hospitals. Assignments involve the full range of cases and problems in the specialty, including the extremely difficult where there is responsibility for recognizing rare and difficult-to-identify symptoms or signs, and responsibility for developing a full treatment regimen involving a knowledge of new techniques or the use of prolonged or complicated procedures or advanced and delicate skills. Cases are often critical and require immediate decisions or are complicated because patients fail to respond to previously-tried treatment regimens.

Symptoms are often abstruse, or there are overlapping symptoms due to the presence of more than one condition or ailments, or the symptoms might be indicative of either a simple or complicated condition and require involved and complicated diagnostic and testing procedures. Considerable ingenuity is required in identifying these symptoms and developing a proper treatment regimen. The condition of the patient is often very critical and complicated. Treatment requires very advanced knowledge and/or skill and the selection from a variety of alternatives. Often it is necessary to select the one and only proper course of treatment immediately to avoid or minimize subsequent critical consequences. The incumbent serves as consultant on the most difficult cases in the specialty, and performs the most advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures without professional direction. Recommendation on major diagnostic and treatment decisions carry considerable weight in discussions with colleagues. They seek consultation and advice on critical or controversial cases. The scope of duties and responsibilities of the position are comparable to GS-15 level of assignment described at Level 3 of Factor I on page 23-24 of the referenced standard.

Subject position clearly exceeds the GS-14 level. At the GS-14 level, a medical officer has responsibility for evaluating findings and making technical recommendation fairly independently, but a higher level medical officer provides frequent and continuing consultation, guidance, and direction and determines when such guidance must be provided. Generally case findings and recommendations are discussed with the supervisor and notes for clinical conferences are cleared in advance with the supervisor.

At the GS-15 level assignment are much more complicated than those at the GS-14 level. Position at this level are characterized by very difficult individual work and/or consultative responsibility of a high level of professional competence. The physician has particularly outstanding, authoritative, broad and intensive knowledge of their specialty area, and exercises a high degree of professional leadership in their specialty. Therefore, this position does meet the intent of the GS-15 level of responsibility as defined in the referenced standard.

The current incumbent is board-certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, has completed 3 years of U.S. residency training, and has 13+ years of post-residency clinical experience. The incumbent performs work equivalent to that of an internal medicine sub-specialist. The incumbent has received appropriate training and credentials to perform the following Gastroenterological procedures: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, Non-Variceal Sclerotherapy, and Cold and Hot Biopsies, and to perform and interpret the following non-invasive Cardiac procedure: Echocardiography. This equates to Level 4, Expert.


Must be able to satisfy the requirements of the 26JUL12 DODI 1400.25 V1230, DoD Civilian Personnel Management System: Employment in Foreign Areas and Employee Return Rights. Visit .


  • Return rights are granted to civilian employees hired from stateside DoD activities to overseas positions per 10 U.S. Code § 1586 - Rotation of career-conditional and career employees assigned to duty outside the United States
  • Apply only to current employees recruited from non-foreign areas for employment outside of CONUS
  • Employees have return rights to their original position for five years and must exercise those return rights unless forfeited or formally extended.
  • Employees lose return rights when taking a new position outside of DOD or non-appropriated funds positions.
  • When an employee exercises their return rights they will be placed in the position they held prior to their assignment outside of the United States.
  • If the employee voluntarily stays overseas for longer than five years, they will forfeit their return rights.
  • If the employee voluntarily returns to a different position in CONUS, return rights are automatically forfeited.
  • Any employee who leaves government service automatically forfeits their return rights.


Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

•An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

•An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

•An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.


The U.S. Army Medical Command does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.




  • Promote, sustain, and enhance the health of our armed forces, veterans, and their families.
  • Train, develop, and equip a medical force that supports full spectrum operations.
  • Deliver leading-edge healthcare to our warriors and military families to optimize outcomes.



There are a lot of reasons you became a physician, but none of them included inflexible work schedules, burdensome administrative tasks, and dealing with insurance companies. By offering you exceptional employment benefits as well as the opportunity to practice at locations across the U.S. and around the world, DHA delivers you the work-life balance you have always been missing.


Practice your specialty and experience the unique career opportunities and benefits that can be found at the DHA.


The civilian physicians of the Defense Health Agency meet the healthcare needs of active duty and retired military personnel, and their families, at treatment facilities across the U.S. and around the world.


  • 250+ Locations Worldwide
  • 5 Million+ Under Our Care
  • Excellent Staffing Ratios
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities
  • Patient-Focused Care


  • Competitive Salary
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Recruitment Bonuses
  • Job Security
  • Supportive Work Environment


With job openings at more than 250 military medical facilities all across the U.S. and around the world, DHA offers you the chance to practice where you want.


  • Family Medicine
  • Internists
  • Pediatricians
  • Obstetricians & Gynecologists
  • Surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Neurologists
  • Allergists & Immunologists
  • Hospitalists
  • Urologists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Dermatologists
  • Physical Medicine
  • Preventive Medicine Physicians
  • Radiologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine

           AND MORE.




Dr Frank R

“As a civilian serving in the DHA, I get what I was missing most in my old practice. I was tired of the punishing work schedule and dealing with insurance and all the stress it brings. Now, I still practice alongside great physicians in a state-of-the-art facility, but in an environment that allows me to have a life outside the practice.

Best of all, even though I'm a civilian, I receive excellent federal benefits.”

Dr. Frank R

Evans Army Community Hospital

Fort Carson, CO.


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