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BUMED Medical Inspector General (MEDIG)

Mission: To assess the effectiveness and efficiency of Navy Medical Commands in support of Navy Medicine’s mission.  We serve as an extension of "the eyes, ears, and conscience" of the Chief, BUMED.

Vision: The Medical Inspector General's program will always be relevant and will add systemic value through demonstrated improvement with positive impact throughout the enterprise.

Guiding Principles: Integrity, Responsibility, Accountability, Transparency

Functions

  • Conducts professional and technical organizational assessments of MTFs and other BUMED activities.  Coordinates MTF inspections with the Joint Commission, and conducts applicable inspections of medical occupational health and safety.

  • Prepares organizational assessment reports on activities and reports issues to Chief, BUMED, NAVMED Region commanders, commanding officers, officers in charge, and chain of command as appropriate.

  • Implements the Navy Medicine Hotline Program for receiving allegations of fraud, waste, and mismanagement.  Provides assistance and referral for non-Inspector General (IG) matters and conducts preliminary inquiries and investigations into allegations as deemed appropriate.

  • Maintains liaison with the Naval Inspector General; Deputy Naval Inspector General for Marine Corps Matters/Inspector General of the Marine Corps; Echelon 2 and Responsible Line Commander (RLC) Inspector General; and civilian and government agency inspector offices.

​MEDIG Program Inspection List (20 Sep 2013) (As of 19 Nov 2013, this document is currently being updated.)
Captain
Christopher M. Culp
 
Medical Inspector General
 Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
 
Captain Culp assumed duties as Navy Medicine IG on 26 August, 2013. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he entered the naval service through the health professions scholarship program in 1983 while a senior in the school of engineering at Vanderbilt University. He completed his MD in 1987 and served his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia from 1987-1990, and in 1990 he was selected as Chief Medical Resident for the 1990-91 year.
 
Dr. Culp entered active service in 1991, serving at Naval Hospital Pensacola and the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute. As the Special Studies department head at NAMI, he directed the Repatriated Prisoner of War project and the Thousand Aviator Study.  In 1992, he reported to Naval Hospital Newport as the Internal Medicine Department Head. He served in numerous roles prior to detaching in 1997. In 1994, he served as the Task Force Surgeon for the Haitian Alien Migration Interdiction Operation in the Windward Passage.  In 1997, he reported to USS KEARSARGE where he served as Senior Medical Officer, deploying in 1997 and 1999.  During the 1999 deployment, USS KEARSARGE served as the casualty receiving ship for NATO forces afloat during the Kosovo operations.  In 1999, Captain Culp reported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth where he served sequentially as Head, General Internal Medicine, Medical Director, President of the Medical Staff, and Director for Medical Services. In 2003, he served as an embarked internist aboard USS KEARSAGE and in Kuwait in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. From June 2006 through August 2008, CAPT Culp served as Deputy Commander for Clinical Services for Tripler Army Medical Center and the Pacific Regional Medical Command in Honolulu, HI.  From August 2008 through August 2011, CAPT Culp served as Deputy Chief of the Navy Medical Corps, and from August 2011 through August 2013, as Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Bremerton.
 
Dr. Culp is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  He is a member and fellow of the American College of Physicians.  He was the College’s 1997 Henry Sparks Award winner for excellence in Internal Medicine and 2007 laureate award winner.  He served as the Navy Surgeon General’s Specialty Leader for Internal Medicine from 2000-2006.
 
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (3 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and numerous tour and campaign awards.

 
 

Navy Medicine Hotline Program

Navy Medicine's Hotline Program is designed to strengthen and focus efforts to combat fraud, waste and mismanagement.  The Medical Inspector General (MEDIG) process is of fundamental importance, it gives voice to all members of the Navy Medicine team and assures their concerns will be heard, considered and appropriately addressed.

The following questions and answers provide information about hotline policy and procedures that you should review before you file a complaint.

4-Step Hotline Complaint Procedures  

 

 Step 1:  Determine the best method to address your issue

  
You should first attempt to resolve problems using the chain of command and other local resources. 

Seek assistance from the legal staff, union representative, chaplain, human resource personnel, equal opportunity advisor, your immediate supervisor, or Commanding Officer (CO).

Refer to the Navy Inspector General (IG) Website: https://www.ig.navy.mil then click on: How to Resolve a Complaint (A to Z)


List of Matters Appropriate for the (IG):

  • Abuse of Authority/Position
  • Bribes/Kickbacks/Acceptance of Gratuities
  • Conflicts of Interests
  • Ethics Violations
  • Fraud/Travel Fraud (TDY and TAD)
  • Gifts (Improper)
  • Improper Referral for Mental Health Evaluation
  • Mismanagement (Significant Cases)
  • Misuse of Official Time, Gov’t Property, Position and Public Office
  • Political Activities
  • Procurement Issues
  • Purchase Card/Travel Card Abuse
  • Reprisal (Military Whistleblower Protection)
  • Safety/Public Health (Substantial/Specific)
  • Systemic Problems
  • Time and Attendance (Significant Violations)
  • Waste (Gross)
     

Step 2:  Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
 

Who may use the Hotline?
Anyone can file a hotline complaint.

Is there a time limit to file a complaint?
Generally, you should submit your complaint within 90 days of the date the alleged wrongdoing occurred. However, we will consider complaints over 90 days old if you can demonstrate you were unable to meet the time requirement due to extraordinary circumstances or unforeseen delays.

What issues should you report to the Hotline?
You should report any issue listed in the List of Matters Appropriate for the IG to your local IG or Naval Medical IG point of contact. Report minor violations to your chain of command. (Note: We reserve the right to decline to investigate any matter brought to our attention.)

What is reprisal?
A reprisal occurs when a Responsible Management Official takes or threatens to take an unfavorable personnel action, or withhold or threaten to withhold a favorable personnel action, because someone made or prepared to make a protected communication.

Who is a Responsible Management Official (RMO)?
Someone who took the action; reviewed, influenced one or recommended the action to be taken; or approved the action. (Note: The RMO must know about the PC before taking the unfavorable action.)

What is an unfavorable personnel action (UPA)?
Any action that unfavorably affects or has the potential to unfavorably affect a member’s position or career. (Note: Examples of UPAs include adverse fitness reports or evaluations, denial of training that is required of one’s position, changes to duties or responsibilities not commensurable with one’s rank.

What is a PC?
Any lawful communication to a member of Congress or IG. Communication with law enforcement agencies, Equal Opportunity Officials or someone in the chain of command may also be a PC if it was made to report a violation of law or regulation, including gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds or other resources, abuse of authority, sexual harassment or unlawful discrimination, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.
 

Step 3:  Prepare to submit your hotline complaint 

 
If you have determined the issue is appropriate for an IG investigation, gather the information you will need to submit your complaint.

An IG will ask you to provide following information:

Who...
Service member's or employee's full name, rank/grade, and duty station.

What...Specific wrongdoing and why you believe the activity was misconduct, to include the rule, regulation or law you think they violated.

Where...Location where the wrongdoing occurred.

When...Specific dates and times.

How much... Estimated dollar loss.

Why and how...Describe why and how you believe the individual perpetrated the offense.

What you have done to try to resolve the issue.

What you want the IG to do.
 
Remember, the more detailed information you provide the better we can assist you.
 

Step 4: What other avenues of redress are available to resolve complaints 

Contact your local IG for assistance or to file your complaint.

Many issues brought to the attention of the Medical Inspector General are not appropriate for an IG investigation.  The "How to Resolve a Complaint (A-Z)" list, found on the Navy Inspector General (NAVIG) website at http://www.ig.navy.mil/Complaints/Complaints(AtoZ).htm, was developed by IG personnel to assist complainants in determining the best method to address an issue.  Complainants are encouraged to review the list before filing a complaint with an IG.

We will evaluate your complaint and request more information, if necessary. Keep in mind, if we conduct an investigation, you will be interviewed and you will be able to provide additional information and documents at that time. Complete the Hotline Complaint form and forward it to the appropriate Navy Medicine office listed on the homepage. 

 

 Fiscal and Material Management Programs Reviewed

 
 

 Safety/Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Medicine/Audiology/Environmental

 

  • ​MTF And Non MTF Program Assignments (20 Sep 2013)
    (As of 19 Nov 2013, this document is currently being updated.)

MEDIG Official Postal Mailing Address:

Medical Inspector General

4650 Taylor Road, Suite-3162
Bethesda, MD 20889-5638

 
Navy Medicine West (NMW)
Hotline phone number:(619) 767- 6068
Hotline e-mail address: 
 
Mailing address:
NMW Regional Inspector General
4170 Norman Scott Road, Bldg. 3232
San Diego, CA  92136
Fax:  (619) 767-6058​

Navy Medicine East (NME)
Hotline phone number:(757) 953- 5565
Hotline e-mail address: 
nme-ighotline@med.navy.mil
Mailing address: Navy Medical East
Attn:  NME IG, Suite 1400,
620 John Paul Jones Circle
Portsmouth, VA 23708
Fax:  (757) 953-3053 (this is not a secure fax)

Complaints to the Office of the Medical Inspector General can be submitted to:

Medical Inspector General
Hotline phone number:
(800) 637-6175 or DSN 295-9019 
Hotline e-mail address: 
navymedighotline@med.navy.mil 
Mailing address: 
Office of the Medical Inspector General (M00IG) Attn:  Investigator
4650 Taylor Road, Suite-3162
Bethesda, MD  20889-5638

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