Indian Health Service Medical Officer in Eagle Butte, South Dakota

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Eagle Butte, SD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 6/9/2016 (138 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 6/8/2017 (226 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-16-GP-1618689 ESEP/MP ++; for eligibility requirements.

NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

The purpose of this position is to provide comprehensive care to pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Services (IHS), Northern Plains Region, Great Plains Area, Clinical Services Division, Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Position reports to the Supervisory Medical Officer (Clinical Director).

This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur. Cut Off dates will be established based on the date requests for list of Eligible are received to fill other vacancies.

  • Gives total patient care including prevention, health maintenance, early diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services to patient(s). Assumes responsibility for the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients within their physician specialty area.
  • Conducts clinics making observations appropriate to the patient(s) underlying disease and treatment plan, including current symptoms.
  • Refers patients to appropriate medical or other facilities, providing full clinical information for care and diagnostic procedures.
  • Assures preparation of appropriate medical records for all patient(s) seen to assure the accumulation and organization of all pertinent clinical data to provide comprehensive medical care.
  • Works closely with allied health professionals in the provision of broad health program services. Interviews and examines patients. Instructs and counsels patients.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • This position MAY BE subject to call-back and/or standby work.
  • MAY include weekends; evenings and/or Holidays; Rotating Shift Basis.
  • A copy of Current Unrestricted License is required (Submit a Photo-Copy).

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.


Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).]

Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. (This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or administrative positions not requiring direct patient care.) For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

  • An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetric s-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) or AOA.
  • A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United States for such training.

Licensure: For positions involving patient care, candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Applications will be accepted from physicians who are not currently licensed; however, if selected for appointment, they must (a) obtain a license before entering on duty, or (b) meet one of the following provisions:

  • Waiver of Licensure Requirement: An agency may waive the licensure requirement for positions not involving direct patient care, e.g., positions performing disability evaluations, positions performing solely research, or administrative program managers. If the agency does not waive the license requirement for these kinds of positions, candidates may be appointed subject to obtaining a license within 1 year.
  • Appointments Pending Meeting Licensure Requirement: Individual circumstances may warrant appointments pending meeting the licensure requirement (e.g., when a candidate has a temporary license to practice until the next regular session of the licensing board). Persons appointed pending licensure may not be retained beyond 1 year of appointment if they do not obtain the license.

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-


GS-13: Three (3) years of graduate training or equivalent experience and training.

GS-14: One (1) Year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

GS-15: One (1) Year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Specialist Positions:

GS-13: Three (3) years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.

GS-14: Four (4) years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.

GS-15: Five (5) years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.

The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Thursday, June 08, 2017

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.


  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.
  • Relocation expenses (may or may not) be authorized. (MP vacancies only).
  • Government housing may be available - depending on availability.
  • This position requires that you obtain and maintain clinical privileges. If they are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $98,967.00 to $325,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-13/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This announcement is advertised "Open Continuous" and applicants will be referred when a vacancy occurs.

Control Number: 441466700

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-GP-1725848-DH