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Supervisory Medical Officer (OGD Director)

Description of Duties

  • Serves as the principal medical and technical authority on all decisions and judgments relating to the review of generic drugs.
  • Plans and executes program activities for a broad range of medical/clinical issues related to generic drugs.
  • Represents Center of Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at meetings and conferences with top agency officials and other drug industry professionals.
  • Develops regulatory standards for the safety, effectiveness, and quality of generic drugs.
  • Provides technical and administrative supervision to subordinate managers within the Office of Generic Drugs.
In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess the following:
DEGREE: 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 OR 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. (Such equivalency is 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). - AND - 
GRADUATE TRAINING: At least one year of supervised experience completed during a graduate training program. These 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. - AND -
LICENSURE: Possess 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. - AND –
EXPERIENCE: Must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GP-14 grade level in the Federal service that included managing a regulated drug development/review program; writing standards and/or other documents relating to the safety and effectiveness of drug products; and providing leadership or supervision to a staff.
Grade (Salary) Level
Federal General Schedule (GS) grade levels at which supervisory medical officer positions are commonly filled are GS 15.
Geographical Locations
Medical Officers are located at HQ (suburban Washington, D.C.) and in facilities throughout the U.S.