On a day-to-day basis, tasks performed by the medical officer include serving as an adviser for different projects run by their employer, providing medical support, spotting inconsistencies and finding the cause of problems, and making recommendations on health issues and disease control. They may conduct medical case reviews, medical reviews of protocols, and medical reviews of clinical study reports. Medical officers often work in the section of hospitals in which clinical trials are conducted; these professionals are typically in charge of these clinical programs and oversee areas such as ensuring the safety of participants and recruiting individuals to participate in trials. The medical officer typically collaborates with the doctors and researchers of an institution on a regular basis.
A medical officer may work during regular business hours or standard 12-hour medical shifts depending on the institution. They are on their feet for much of their shift, and they must know how to operate relevant medical equipment. Travel may be expected of the medical officer.
To be considered as a medical officer, an individual must have a medical degree and be a practicing doctor. They must have an active medical license, and experience in a similar role is often required or preferred. Medical officers should also have excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills.