Principal Physician (40 Hour)


Recruitment #240209-4661RQ-001


Looking for an exciting opportunity to make a real impact?
If so, join our team of dedicated professionals at the State of Connecticut!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is currently seeking a qualified and experienced individual for the position of Principal Physician.

Position Highlights: 
  • FACILITY: Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH)
  • LOCATION: Middletown, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time (40 hours weekly), 1st Shift, Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Please note: This is a Hazardous Duty position.
What We Can Offer You:
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees
In addition to the base annual salary, you may be approved for these additional compensation bonuses:
  • A recruitment incentive of up to $30,000.
  • Physicians who are Board-certified in their area of practice will be eligible to receive a three thousand dollar ($3,000) annual bonus.
  • Physicians who have a job related second Board (e.g., Forensic psychiatry, Addiction psychiatry, etc.) will be eligible to receive a five thousand dollar ($5000) annual bonus.
Discover The Opportunity To:
  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Showcase your talents in a meaningful role;
  • Thrive in an exciting environment;
  • Provide support to a division that is passionate about the work we do.

The Role:

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Examining, assessing, medically diagnosing and treating assigned patients.
  • Providing preventative primary care services, including admission and annual history and physical examinations.
  • Participating in medical staff meetings, committees and quality improvement activities.
  • Providing effective treatment planning, identify and resolve potential problems in patient care delivery and resource utilization.
  • Reporting to the ACS Service Medical Director.

    About Us:
    DMHAS is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

    Whiting Forensic Hospital specialized in providing inpatient services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system.  The hospital consists of 91 maximum security beds and 138 enhanced security beds.  

    We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make a difference!

    Selection Plan

    Please read or watch our Applicant Tips on How to Apply!
    To Apply:
    • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
    • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
    • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
    • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
    • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
    Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
    • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
    • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
    • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
    • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
    • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
    • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
    • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.

    Connect With Us:
    • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
    • Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Julie Barker via email at


    In a state agency this class is accountable for providing clinical administrative and/or supervisory functions and/or direct care medical services as a board certified physician.

    In the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner this class is accountable for performing autopsies and conducting investigations of sudden and medically unattended deaths.


    • Provides 24 hour medical supervision to specified groups of patients and facility coverage as scheduled including on-call and weekend coverage;
    • Makes rounds and provides direct care and clinical oversight of multi-disciplinary treatment teams;
    • Coordinates work of medical staff with related programs;
    • Reviews treatment plans, medical records, diagnoses and patient discharge plans for adherence to policies and/or The Joint Commission (TJC) and Health Care Financing Authority (HCFA) standards;
    • Provides education and training as indicated, e.g. grand rounds and case conferences;
    • Assigns, oversees and evaluates work of staff and on-site night duty physicians;
    • Conducts and/or participates in meetings on medical and administrative policy, research programs, medical program development and treatment techniques;
    • Assesses, examines and evaluates patients for admission or discharge;
    • Monitors the use of special treatment procedures;
    • Assesses, examines, diagnoses and prescribes appropriate medications and other biologic treatments;
    • Consults on difficult and/or complex cases;
    • Develops and implements QA/QI process improvement initiatives;
    • Prepares and/or reviews reports, medical records and correspondence;
    • Perform utilization review and management functions;
    • Attends court hearings as a state witness;
    • Performs related duties as required.
    • Performs autopsies at Office of the Medical Examiner or other facilities for determination of cause of death, trace evidence, establishment of identification and estimation of time of death;
    • Conducts investigation and examination at scene of sudden or medically unattended death or hospital where a person may have been pronounced dead on arrival or following hospitalization for injury;
    • Makes inquiries into circumstances of death for purposes of establishing cause and manner of death;
    • Compares findings at scene of death with results of autopsies to establish cause and time of death;
    • Testifies about findings in courts of law;
    • Exchanges information and works with municipal and State Police, health departments and other agencies in resolving cases;
    • Participates in educational programs for medical and law enforcement students and officials;
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Considerable knowledge of
      • methods and principles of medicine and surgery;
      • current principles and methods of assessment and treatment of patients with medical illness, mental illness and substance abuse disorders;
      • recent developments in field of medicine and substance abuse including treatment models and best practices;
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills;
      • oral and written communication skills;
    • Considerable ability to
      • examine for, diagnose, assess and treat patients with illnesses and substance abuse disorders;
      • prescribe medications and other treatments specific to medical illness, mental illness and substance abuse disorders;
    • Ability to
      • develop a collaborative group practice environment with other physicians, psychiatrists and members of interdisciplinary teams;
      • analyze and interpret laboratory reports, x-ray reports and other medical reports and findings;
    • Administrative/supervisory ability.
    • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of anatomic pathology;
    • Knowledge of
      • forensic pathology;
      • principles and practices of general medicine and surgery;
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills;
      • oral and written communications skills;
      • skill in pathological technique and determination of cause of death;
    • Ability to
      • supervise and teach laboratory technicians anatomical pathology techniques;
      • prepare reports of medicolegal autopsies.


    Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification in the field of internal medicine, family medicine, or related specialty, from an appropriate medical specialty board.

    OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER: Incumbents in this class must be certified in anatomic pathology by the American Board of Pathology and board eligible in forensic pathology.


    • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut. A temporary license may be granted for a period not to exceed one (1) year.
    • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner: incumbents must be certified in forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology within two (2) years of employment.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain certification as a specialist in addictions medicine from the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
    • Incumbents in this class (except for Office of the Chief Medical Examiner) must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. 1320a-7b(f).
    • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner: incumbents in this class will be required to work on call during evenings/nights on a rotating basis. During an evening on-call the physician is responsible for disposition of all new cases and must conduct any required scene investigations. Evening on call coverage is from 4:30 P.M. to 9:00 A.M. the next day.
    • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner: incumbents in this class will be required to work weekends on a rotating basis. When working a weekend the physician must be in the Farmington facility and conduct whatever postmortem examinations are required.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual.



    The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.