Physical Medical Consultant (3 positions)

Oregon Department of Human Services
May 24, 2022
Salem, OR, Oregon
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Do you have a current medical or osteopathic physician license? Can you imagine working 40-hours per week, Monday through Friday, and not having on-call hours? Would you like to have an impact on the lives of Oregonians who apply for disability benefits? If you would like to work from the comfort of your home very frequently, then we want to hear from you!

Disability Determination Services (DDS) within Aging and People with Disabilities (APD), part of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) is looking to hire three dedicated Physical Medical Consultants to join our talented team. Our teams at DDS focus closely on collaboration to support fellow teammates, while striving to create an environment that is supportive and encourages work-life balance.

This announcement will remain open until filled. The application screening process will be every week. We reserve the right to close this position should a satisfactory number of qualified candidates apply. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application materials without delay in applying!

 About the Oregon Department of Human Services

Our Mission: To help Oregonians in their own communities achieve wellbeing and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice, and preserve dignity. ODHS commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQIA+ community members, and others to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.


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About the program

The mission of the Oregon Disability Determination Services (DDS) is "To provide Oregonians who apply for disability benefits prompt and accurate decisions. We will act with respect, compassion and courtesy." Our mission is that of Department of Human Services (DHS) "to help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity." The DDS provides eligible Oregonians with SSDI and SSI disability benefits providing financial benefit and medical coverage to beneficiaries enabling them to lead independent lives.

DDS is a division within Aging and People with Disabilities (APD). DDS has statewide responsibility to determine eligibility of Social Security disability benefits under Title II, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Title XVI, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the citizens of Oregon.

The disability program is under the auspices of the Social Security Administration (SSA). DDS makes disability determinations based on medical, vocational and legal regulations.

The DDS is responsible for evaluating approximately 55,000 claims annually and for rendering a determination on whether the claimant is disabled or not as established by federal guidelines.

What you will do:

You will:

  • Review and evaluate medical and non-medical evidence pertaining to physical impairments and determine impairment severity and remaining physical functional capacity, completing necessary electronic forms.
  • Consult with supervisors, branch managers, disability analysts and other staff on medical issues needing clarification, on evaluation of medical impairment severity.
  • Contact treating sources to resolve conflicts in medical evidence of record and to clarify evidence in physical impairment cases.  Attend training needed to maintain professional license and competence.

Working conditions:

  • Remote work or alternative work location may be considered in filling this position. The ability to report to Salem is required when business or operational needs are dependent on onsite activities.
  • DDS operates Monday – Friday and offers flexible work hours.
  • You will use a computer daily.
  • You will have frequent interaction with fellow medical consultants, analysts, and clerical staff within DDS.
  • You will have infrequent telephone interaction with the community of physicians statewide.
  • No direct patient contacts.

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You can find connections through an Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) which are voluntary, employee-driven committees that support each other as well as the ODHS overall mission. ERGs are an officially chartered group organized around shared cultural identity(ies) to support historically underrepresented ODHS employees.

You can grow your career through, free leadership training, ample career pathways, and committee participation opportunities.

You’ll enjoy work/life balance, 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, remote work options, and competitive benefits packages.

What you need to qualify: Minimum Qualifications

A Doctorate degree in (agency determines at time of recruitment) from an accredited university AND possession of a current, active license to practice medicine (MD, DO, PhD, PsyD) in the State of Oregon; AND two years clinical practice experience, at least one year that is post-residency (medical);


Two years supervised clinical practice experience, at least one year that is post Master’s degree (Psychology).

Essential Attributes

You do not need to have all these attributes to be considered for this opening; however, the most competitive candidates will have most of them. Please demonstrate them in your resume or work history profile.

  • Three years of clinical experience.
  • Valid, Oregon medical license (medical or osteopathic doctor)

Additional Requirements

Finalists for this position will be subject to a computerized criminal history and abuse check.  Adverse background information will be reviewed and could result in withdrawal of a conditional job offer or termination of employment.

Successful candidates for this position must pass a Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) fingerprint-based background check and maintain CJIS eligibility. Due to CJIS requirements related to system access, the following convictions are likely to result in disqualification for this position: Felony Convictions, Computer theft, identify theft and fraud. CJIS Clearance completed at the time conditional job offer.

In addition to the State of Oregon background check process, individuals selected for positions with the Disability Determination services (DDS) will go through a complete federal background investigation. A suitability determination by the Social Security Administration is necessary to determine whether an employee receives credentials in order to have access to Social Security disability data, records, and systems. A pre-screen conducted through SSA Office of Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources (DCHR). If the pre-screen is favorable, a job offer is extended. However, the job offer is still contingent upon a full suitability clearance through DCHR.

The Oregon Department of Human Services does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States. ODHS will use E-Verify to confirm that you are authorized to work in the United States.

How to Apply

Your work history profile, Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume are the perfect opportunities to highlight your interest in the position and showcase the amazing skills and experience that make you the best candidate for the position.

  • Please upload your CV or Resume and complete the work history profile. Note: Your resume may be uploaded in the Resume/CV field on the online application. 
  • External Applicants: Click on the “Apply” button and submit your application. View this video for help.
  • Internal Applicants (Current State of Oregon employees): Apply via your employee Workday account. View this job aid for help.
  • After you submit your application, please respond to the public records request authorization and gender identity questionnaire. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are an employee, the tasks will come to your Workday inbox.
  • Veterans: If you are claiming veterans’ preference points, you will receive a task in your Workday account to provide military documents (if you have not already provided them). Please ensure to complete all tasks in Workday during the application process and upload your documents (DD214/Disability). Click here for a guide on how to upload your documents. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application – instead, attach these documents when prompted to during the Workday task. For questions about documentation, please visit: Veterans Resources.

Helpful Information

  • This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
  • This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. ODHS does not offer VISA sponsorship for this position.
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  • For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact Teresa Camacho via email at or call 971-286-0701. Please be sure to include the job requisition number.
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