Public Safety Wellness Center Physician

Austin Fire Department
Austin, Texas
Closing date
Oct 16, 2024

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Occupational Medicine
Full Time
Position Type
Notes to Applicants

The City of Austin, Texas, is seeking a second physician to work with our team of health professionals at the Public Safety Wellness Center (PSWC).
  • Use your talents to support the wellness of Austin Fire, Police and EMS personnel in a beautiful city that focuses on a health lifestyle.
  • The PSWC general hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, with flexibility within those hours, if you’re looking to enhance your work-life balance.
  • The pay range is consistent with other municipal government agencies for this job title – the intrinsic value of appreciative patients, truly preventative care, a fun work environment, and investment in community safety deserves additional consideration.
  • The City of Austin Employee’s Retirement System (COAERS) is a defined benefit pension with vesting after five years of continuous service. Other benefits include excellent insurance plans,14 holidays per year, 1 day of vacation leave per month, three personal holidays and 1 day of sick leave per month.

The Public Safety Wellness Center Physician performs medical assessments of public safety cadet candidates, AFD firefighters, APD officers, EMS medics, and other public safety employees. Medical assessments include taking medical histories, performing physical examinations, interpreting results of laboratory studies, radiology studies, treadmill ECGs (stress test), spirometry, hearing and vision testing. This position makes treatment and return-to-work recommendations for sick and injured first responders.

The following duties and responsibilities for the Public Safety Wellness Doctor may apply:
  • Performing pre-hire medical assessments of public safety cadet candidates
  • Conducting annual medical assessments of firefighters, police officers, and EMS medics that include:
    • taking medical histories
    • performing physical examinations
    • interpreting results of laboratory studies
    • radiology studies
    • treadmill ECGs (stress test)
    • spirometry
    • hearing and vision testing
  • Providing referrals to personal physician or regional medical specialists for care of occupational injuries, cardiac and pulmonary issues, cancer, behavioral and other health issues affecting first responders
  • Coordinating a holistic wellness approach with other Public Safety Wellness Center personnel focused on:
    • fitness
    • injury/medical rehabilitation
    • behavioral health
    • peer support
  • Making treatment and return-to-work recommendations for sick and injured first responders
  • Managing vaccinations and infection control for first responders
Please note the following when completing the City of Austin application for this position:
  • Please be sure to detail on the application all the previous employment experience you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications. Please include contact information from previous employers. A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job title and employment dates for all jobs you wish to be considered.
  • A resume and cover letter are required but will not substitute for a complete employment application. Please do not use the phrase "see resume" or refer to other documents to complete your application. Do not leave the "Duties and Responsibilities" sections blank. Applications missing information and/or documents will be deemed incomplete applications and will not be considered.
  • The Austin Fire Department may close the posting any time after seven days from the initial advertisement. Once a position is closed, no additional applications will be accepted.
If you are selected for this position and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.

For more detailed information, please contact Brad Poerner, Austin Fire Department Human Resources Manager, at

Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • Graduation from a college or university with a Doctor of Medicine degree.
Licenses or Certifications:
  • License to practice medicine in the State of Texas.
  • Must have current healthcare provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course completion card and will be required to maintain a current certification during employment.
Preferred Experience:
  • Experience in occupational medicine including wellness and fitness health components related to first responders.
  • Knowledge of risk management and consideration of environmental conditions in treating first responders.
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.

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