// Physician Team Leader


Functional Description

The IMERT Physician is responsible for supervising all medical care provided by the Team and directly providing medical care to critically injured victims in the Medical Zone.

Description of Duties 

  • Makes recommendations concerning Team member’s fitness for deployment and fitness for duty while on deployment based on medical screening at time of activation – will assess physical health of team members
  • Supervises subordinates
  • Ensures all Team personnel are kept informed of mission objectives and status changes
  • Evaluates and advises local public health agencies on medical issues when requested by the IC leader
  • Provides medical advice to local EMS personnel as necessary
  • Ensures appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used by all members
  • Ensures Universal Precautions for all team members against exposure to communicable disease
  • Provides direct medical care to Team members and victims as appropriate
  • Examines and treats wounds and illnesses due to the effects of a NBC or mass casualty event
  • Performs diagnostic tests as appropriate
  • Prepares performance evaluations for assigned personnel


  • Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree
  • Valid and unrestricted State licensure to practice medicine
  • Board Eligible (BE) or Board-Certified (BC) and actively practicing emergency medicine or trauma surgery; or
  • Other medical specialty (Family Practice/ Internal Medicine/Pediatrics) and
    • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) certification, and/or
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, and/or
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
  • Extensive knowledge of ICS
  • Extensive knowledge of personnel management and supervision
  • Extensive knowledge of methods of support of disaster victims (participation in 2 or more disaster drills as per institutional requirements)
  • Extensive knowledge of the terminology and capabilities of the major items in the equipment cache
  • Extensive knowledge of Universal Precautions; and
  • Comprehensive knowledge of acute/critical medical management of chemical and biological casualties


  • Manage subordinates in stressful work environments
  • Significant current experience in the practice of pre-hospital care; and
  • Capable of searching written and computer databases for NBC information


  • Possess good interagency coordination skills; work well with technical experts, local officials, and other organizations and
  • Meet moderate physical fitness requirement

Training Requirements 

  • Complete Intermediate ICS training; and
  • Complete WMD/mass casualty educational session
  • Complete NIMS training
  • Participate in hospital and/or community disaster drills