About FDA

Medical Officer

Description of Duties

Medical Officer typing on computer and sitting at desk.

  • Provide medical advice and guidance on the review, approval, and development of human drug products
  • Serve as a consultant to other scientists and clinical researchers on generic drug labeling, drug advertising, post market monitoring, improvement of research and evaluation practices and development of legislation and regulations
  • Lead the analysis and evaluation of bioequivalence trials to ensure safeguards for the testing of generic drugs in humans
  • Evaluate complex issues that may impact the safety, efficacy or bioequivalence of a wide variety of generic drug products


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.

To qualify for higher-graded positions, candidates must have additional residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training. The amount of additional training or experience required depends on the grade of the position.

Grade (Salary) Level

Federal General Schedule (GS) grade levels at which medical officer positions are commonly filled are GS 15, 14 & 13.

Note: Higher-grade levels in both headquarters and field offices are available based on peer review of individual accomplishments or supervisory responsibilities.

Higher graded positions are directly related to additional education and/or specialized experience.

Geographical Locations

Medical Officers are located at HQ (suburban Washington, D.C.) and in facilities throughout the U.S.




Page Last Updated: 04/28/2016
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