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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Medical Director in Des Moines, Iowa

Medical Director


Medical Director


$101,753.59 - $271,689.59 Annually


Des Moines - 50309 - Polk County, IA

Job Type



588 Iowa Department of Public Health

Job Number



9/13/2019 4:00 PM Central

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Point of Contact

Kent Nebel at

To Apply

For consideration please send a cover letter, resume, and at least three reference to Kent Nebel at or Kent Nebel, Executive Director, Iowa Board of Medicine, 400 SW 8th St., Suite C, Des Moines, IA 50309.

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Job Description

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Candidates must follow the instructions in the "To Apply" section.

Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise.

The Iowa Board of Medicine is seeking an experienced physician to serve as the agency's Medical Advisor and provide technical medical expertise for the Board. The Medical Advisor assists in evaluating the credentials of applicants for licensure and reviewing complaints of incompetence or unprofessional conduct investigated by the Board. This is a permanent, full-time position located in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Board of Medicine is the state agency responsible for licensing and regulating medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, acupuncturists and genetic counselors. The Board licenses, disciplines, monitors and educates its licensees to assure their fitness and competence to practice medicine in Iowa. The successful applicant must pass a background check which may consist of criminal and/or consumer reports. For detailed information about the Iowa Board of Medicine, visit the Board's Website at what you will do: The Medical Advisor serves at the direction of the Executive Director and provides medical expertise to the Board and staff, as well as other duties described below.

Specifically, this position will: Provide medical expertise to agency staff:

  • Participate in all meetings of the Board.

  • Review complaints made against licensees of the Board for evidence of medical incompetence, negligence, impairment, or unprofessional conduct.

  • Serve as an advisor to the Board and staff regarding the applicable standards of care, professional ethics and professional boundaries.

  • Utilize your education, experience, contacts and other resources in medicine to assist the Board and staff to identify and evaluate the applicable standards of care, standards of professional ethics and professional boundaries in the investigative process and disciplinary process.

  • Serve on the complaint review committee with the executive director, director of legal affairs and the chief investigator.

  • Determine if an investigation is necessary.

  • Provide medical advice to the complaint review committee in its decision making.

  • Attend screening committee meetings and provide medical advice as needed.

  • Assist the chief investigator in determining the immediacy and content of investigations in cases that clearly require further investigation.

  • Advise the investigators on the medical aspects of their investigations, including recommending the documents that the Board will need to evaluate the medical care in the case.

  • Be available for consultation with the investigators on medical issues and standard of care. Attend board meetings and provide medical advice as needed.

  • Supply medical expertise to the licensure staff by reviewing the credentials of questionable applicants, and assisting in an ongoing review of Board criteria for licensure.

  • Performs audits when required for disciplinary cases.

  • Serve as a resource to the professions, organized medicine, and the public.

  • Respond to inquiries and complaints from the public regarding acceptable medical care.

  • Supply medical knowledge as needed on a day-to-day basis to Board staff.

Manage the Board's peer review process:

  • Work with Board members, the board's attorney and investigators to determine what is needed for the peer review process.

  • Decide the kind of peer reviewers needed.

  • Recruit and train peer reviewers.

  • Communicate with peer reviewers to identify and provide needed information and facilitate the peer review process.

  • Regularly update staff on the status of cases in peer review.

  • Ensure that peer review reports are in an acceptable format.

Engage in education and outreach:

  • Provide education and outreach efforts to licensees, stakeholders, the healthcare profession and the public.

  • Utilize your education, experience, contacts and other resources in medicine to develop and present educational and outreach programs regarding trending issues and new laws and rules on behalf of the Board.

  • Participate in local, state, national and organizational meetings as needed, including panel participation, public speaking engagements, etc.

Advise the Board/staff regarding the laws and rules governing the practice of medicine:

  • Utilize your education, experience, contacts and other resources in medicine to assist the Board and staff to identify, assess and develop appropriate laws and rules for the practice of medicine.

  • Assist the Board and staff in evaluating the laws and rules governing other healthcare professions.

Serve as an advisor to the Iowa Physician Health Program (IPHP):

  • Advise the IPHP regarding health problems and medical conditions and whether an impairment exists.

  • Advise the IPHP regarding eligibility for the program.

  • Serve as a liaison between the IPHP and the Board.

  • Provide education and outreach efforts to licensees, stakeholders, the healthcare profession and the public regarding the IPHP.

Serve as an advisor to the Board and staff regarding scope of practice issues:

  • Utilize your education, experience, contacts and other resources in medicine to assist the Board and staff to identify and evaluate trending scope of practice issues effecting the practice of medicine and healthcare.

  • Work with appropriate healthcare professionals, stakeholders and other agencies to evaluate and advise the Board regarding scope of practice issues.

  • Represent the Board in meetings regarding scope of practice issues.

Other requirements:

  • Remain current with medical and scientific research and literature as they apply to the Board and attend educational opportunities specific to the role of medical advisor.

  • Attend Federation of State Medical Board meetings and other state and national meetings and conferences as needed.

  • Ensures sensitive and confidential information is handled in a secure manner.

  • Shares in leadership and actively supports decisions made by the Board and the management team.

Working Conditions:

  • Office environment.

  • Some in-state and out-of-state travel.

  • Some evening and weekend meetings.

Desired Attributes

  • Have an active Iowa medical license in good standing, or obtain an Iowa medical license within 6 months of hire.

  • Have a minimum of five (5) years clinical medical experience.

  • Have good verbal and written communication skills, and be able to demonstrate interpersonal, public speaking, and time management skills.

  • Provide full time service to the Board; any outside activity may not conflict in time or ethics with this position's duties or the Board's mission.

  • Computer literacy is critical to the successful performance of this position.

Criminal Records Check Employment is contingent on the outcome of a state and national criminal records check which will include fingerprints (FBI). Any history of criminal activity will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited school of medicine, completion of an internship program and licensure as a physician by the State of Iowa.

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