The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Public Health Service (PHS), is responsible for ensuring that noncitizens entering the United States do not pose a threat to the public health of this country. The medical examination required by CDC regulations is a means of evaluating the health of persons applying for entry into the United States. Panel physicians are medically trained, licensed, and experienced medical doctors practicing overseas who are appointed by the local U.S. embassy or consulate.
The U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou is currently recruiting panel physicians to conduct immigrant visa medical examinations. Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with the CDC’s technical instruction here: https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/panel-physicians.html.
The eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:
- The physician must have satisfactorily completed medical education and have a medical degree from an accredited medical school;
- The physician should have special competence in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with tuberculosis and sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) and should be able to recognize mental illness;
- The physician should have demonstrated competence to perform large numbers of examinations for specific purposes, such as insurance, industrial employment, etc. (this point is less important for a post where there are a limited number of medical examinations);
- The physician should have reliable X-ray facilities or access to such facilities and should be able to make arrangements for laboratory work to be performed by a laboratory of recognized competence; and
- The physician should have reliable storage facilities or have access to such facilities for vaccines, according to the CDC’s Technical Instructionsfor Vaccinations. Proper handling and storage of vaccines are important to ensure their potency.
By October 7, 2021, candidates must also submit the following to the U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou Consular Section at OuagaConsularPhysicianrecruitment@state.gov:
- Proof of medical accreditation as detailed in item one;
- Documented proof of medical experience as detailed in items two to five;
- Non-U.S. Police certificates from any country where you’ve lived two years or longer;
- Documentation of fluent French and a working knowledge of English;
- And two recommendation letters, speaking to your moral and medical professionalism.
Should you have any further questions, please contact OuagaConsularPhysicianRecruitment@state.gov.