Principal Physician (40 Hour)

Recruitment #231023-4661RQ-001


Are you a passionate medical professional who is dedicated to providing high-quality care? If so, read below and apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC), has exciting opportunities for Principal Physicians in the Health Services Units at Hartford Correctional Center and New Haven Correctional Center. This recruitment will also be used to fill future vacancies at facilities across the State!

What we can offer you
We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, sick and personal);
  • 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.;
  • Hazardous Duty pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV).
  • State license reimbursement;
  • Eligibility to apply for Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program.
In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work and;
  • Encouraging a healthy work/life balance!
Position highlights
As a member of the Health Services Unit, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Be part of a 700-member team dedicated to improving the health of nearly 13,000 patients.
  • Fulfill public service by providing clinical care to a vulnerable patient population.
  • Avoid hassles with insurance companies and billing requirements.
  • Work in a safe and collaborative environment with nursing and administrative support.
  • Get clinical exposure to varied medical pathologies and case presentations.
  • Perform charting with a modern electronic health record.
  • Have malpractice insurance covered by the State of Connecticut 
The positions are full-time, 40 hours a week, Monday-Friday.

Learn more about our facilities here

About us
Our Mission:  The Department of Correction shall strive to be a leader in progressive correctional practices and partnered re-entry initiatives to support responsive evidence-based practices geared toward supporting reintegration and reducing recidivism under the Departments supervision. Safety and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility, coinciding with an unwavering respect for the human dignity of staff, victims, citizens and offenders.

The Hartford Correctional Center is committed to protecting the public and staff by providing a safe, secure, and healthy environment for all persons remanded to its custody, and to promoting the responsible behavior of each such individual. The Hartford Correctional Center strives to create a facility that promotes professionalism, excellence, and dignity for its employees.

This level 4, high-security urban jail holds primarily pretrial offenders and serves superior courts in Bristol, Enfield, Hartford, Manchester, Middletown, New Britain, Rockville and West Hartford.The Hartford Correctional Center also oversees this agency's 12-bed Medical-Surgical Ward at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. The Medical-Surgical Ward is a level 5 co-ed inpatient/outpatient program. The high security medical ward, on a yearly basis processes nearly 350 inpatients and more than 2,200 outpatients.

The New Haven Correctional Center houses primarily pretrial offenders and serves the superior courts in Meriden, New Haven, Bantam, Litchfield and Waterbury. It is a level 4 high-security facility.
The Mental Health Department offers a variety of programs for offenders who are experiencing stress and depression, including emotional literacy, community groups and psycho-education.

Selection Plan

Before you apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • 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
Important information for after you apply:
  • 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 questionnaire'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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
Questions about this position should be directed to Mackenzie Robinson 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.


  • 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.

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