DutiesServes as the primary point of contact for other division Medical Officers and Legal Instruments Examiners in the review of airmen's applications for medical certification under the special issuance program. Reviews medical certification cases for special issuance, both new and renewals, which
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Medical Officer (Aviation Medicine)

Federal Aviation Administration • 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:
Serves as the primary point of contact for other division Medical Officers and Legal Instruments Examiners in the review of airmen's applications for medical certification under the special issuance program. Reviews medical certification cases for special issuance, both new and renewals, which are referred by a designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Determines the disposition of requests for special issuance and referred appeals cases. This disposition includes granting or denying certification, affirming validity of certificate issued, or requesting additional medical information. Institutes follow-up procedures using criteria approved by the Federal Air Surgeon (FAS) if sufficient medical information is not available to substantiate the issuance or denial.
Adjudicates cases of special issuance or denial that have been appealed by airmen. Determines if the records support the previous action taken, if additional information is needed, or what action is required. Provides guidance to regional flight surgeons (RFSs) and center physicians in the determination and certification of airmen's medical qualifications. Instructs RFSs and center physicians in the appropriate certification actions for special cases referred for adjudication. Collaborates in collecting data from medical records received such as data comparing accident reports with corresponding airman medical files, data reflecting the quality of AMEs' performance, and other material which is needed for program studies and reports. Collaborates with other division physicians in recommending revisions of policies and procedures to improve quality and effectiveness of the medical certification program and to develop recommendations for modifying medical standards prescribed by the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs).
Participates in consultant group meetings as required and assures that necessary medical information is available. Ensures that administrative requirements of the group are accomplished between meetings. Attends meetings of other governmental and non-governmental medical groups and other professional and technical bodies, to represent the agency or development of information relating to the medical certification programs of the FAA. Participates in comprehensive surveys concerning medical systems in the fields of research, standards, certificate validation, aircraft accident investigation, and other programs which may use the medical records repository for source information.
Establishes and maintains contact with professional medical groups, both civilian and military, and attends meetings of these groups to exchange information on current developments related to aviation medicine. Shares responsibility for the physical custody and maintenance of the legal and medical confidentiality of approximately three million hard copy, microfilmed, and electronic medical records. These records include various pathological entities of medicine and represent the largest collection of medical data concerning civil airmen. Fully responsible for assuring that the highest level of professional performance is applied to the medical examination and certification of civil airmen. May be required to act in the capacity of division manager.
Supervisory Status
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes 
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) - U.S. Citizens: A fixed relocation payment of $10,000 will be paid to new hires to Federal service and student trainees; and a fixed relocation payment of $27,000 will be paid to employees with status.
Job Requirements:
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Positive Education Requirement-Copies of Transcripts must be submitted.
  • Medical Licenses & Certificates Required-Copies must be submitted.
  • Please review Required Documents & Additional Information.
Reference the Office of Personnel Management, Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for Medical Officer, 0602 series. Website:  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0600/medical-officer-series-0602/

Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine 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) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).]

Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy 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 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. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

For positions involving patient care, candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.


All successful applicants MUST have 3 years of residency training in aerospace medicine OR equivalent training, education, AND/OR experience that included at least 1 year of experience in aviation medical programs that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position being filled. Aviation Medical Programs: In addition to a residency in aerospace medicine, knowledge, skills, and abilities for work in this program area may have been acquired in fields such as internal medicine, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, family practice, preventive medicine, occupational health, or public health.

Applicants should provide examples of specialized experience in their work history.


Information Regarding KSAs:
As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the KSA's and other factors listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to 405-954-3003 (please include announcement number on each page). Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

Also see Qualifications Required for Education Requirements.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

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Public Trust - Background Investigation
Salary Range: Neg-Neg
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