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ID
12-509-1241
Name
Medical Officer
Status
Published
Version
1.3
Updated
5/22/2020 11:46:48 AM
Original Release
11/07/2017
Last Major Release
05/22/2020
Resource Category
Medical and Public Health
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Medical Officer is a practitioner licensed to diagnose and treat a range of health problems
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Emergency Care Task Force, Behavioral Health Community Services Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: The NIMS Type 1 Medical Officer is a board-certified medical or surgical specialist and has specialized training to treat and manage specific injuries, illnesses, and exposures for patients of all ages in a variety of clinical settings, including those with special needs and special patient populations
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 2 Medical Officer is a physician and has primary responsibility and authority over all aspects of patient care through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injury, and other physical and mental conditions
Type 3The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 3 Medical Officer is a physician assistant or nurse practitioner licensed to diagnose and treat a range of health problems and: 1. Works either independently or in collaboration with a physician or other licensed independent practitioners 2. Promotes health, disease prevention, and comprehensive health care 3. Provides clinical assessment and treatment 4. Prescribes medications and other therapeutic interventions 5. Orders, performs, and interprets diagnostic tests
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Completion of post-graduate education in health/medical or surgical residency
Type 21. Graduate of an accredited medical or osteopathic school 2. Completion of an accredited residency program or post-graduate year three and above
Type 3Graduate of an accredited nurse practitioner program or physician assistant program
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 5. Training in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness 6. Training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protection 7. Training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Three additional years of experience in a clinical practice setting such as a hospital, health system, agency, or service commensurate with the mission assignment
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Two years of experience in a clinical practice setting such as a hospital, health system, agency, or service commensurate with the mission assignment
Physical/Medical Fitness1. The NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions. 2. PPE is mission-specific and may vary by working environment, including protective footwear, protective clothing for skin exposures, eye and hearing protection, respirators, gloves, and masks.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 31. Moderate 2. Is able to work while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) 3. Maintains immunizations in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s immunization recommendations for emergency responders
CurrencyProvider must carry out and use any background checks as applicable law specifies. This may include a background check completed within past 12 months; sex-offender registry check; and a local, state, and a local, state, and national criminal history.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 31. Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every two years 2. Currently practices in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital, health system, agency, or service commensurate with the mission assignment 3. Immunizations up-to-date and commensurate with mission assignment 4. Background checks as applicable law permits or requires
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Board certification in health/medical or surgical specialty
Type 21. State, the District of Columbia, or US territory-granted active status of legal authority to function as an allopathic or osteopathic physician without restrictions 2. Current Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration as this position may prescribe or administer medications commensurate with the mission assignment
Type 31. State, the District of Columbia, or US territory-granted active status of legal authority to function as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner without restrictions 2. Current Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration, if the state of primary registration grants prescriptive privileges 3. Active National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification (physician assistant only)
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
1131
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Emergency Care Task Force
FEMA, NIMS 508: Behavioral Health Community Services Team
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), November 2017
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protection, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens, latest edition adopted