Indian Health Service Medical Officer (Internal Medicine - Pediatric Medicine) in Red Mesa, Arizona

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Red Mesa, AZ
  • Teec Nos Pos, AZ
  • Shiprock, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 1/25/2016 (276 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to the GS-15 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

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-NN-1604342-ESEP-MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Serves as a Medical Officer (Internal Medicine or Pediatric Medicine) at the Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, NM OR Four Corners Regional Health Center, Red Mesa, Arizona. Provides medical care services for patients in hospitals, health centers, clinics or other designated health care facilities. Position reports to the departments Chief Medical Officer.

  • Responsible for the diagnosis, prevention, therapy maintenance and rehabilitation of patients.
  • Interviews and examines patients, reviews past medical history and requests and/or performs diagnostic tests and examinations deemed necessary to provide total patient care including prevention.
  • Makes preliminary diagnosis, directs, prescribes or provides treatments or arranges for specialized care or patient referrals as required.
  • Reviews patient's medications, diet, therapy course, adherence to management plan and patient observations; instructs and counsels patients, modifies regimen as required.
  • Works closely with allied health professionals to utilize and coordinate the services of other Health Care Professionals in the management of the patient's medical, psychological and social problems.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to probationary period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • ### Qualifications

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.


1. 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.

*2. 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. *

    • 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, obstetrics-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.*

*3. Licensure: 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. *

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


Additional Requirements for Grades GS-13 and Above: Clinical and Training Programs- Within Federal clinical and training programs, a distinction is made between general practice and specialist positions. General practitioners must be skilled in recognizing various medical pathologies that require referral to specialists for diagnostic and treatment procedures. Graduate training and experience must, therefore, be well rounded. Specialist positions require graduate training and experience related to the specialty and subspecialty of the position to be filled. Experience may not be substituted for training essential for performing specialized duties. The length and content of residency programs depends upon the specialization and requirements of recognized accrediting American medical specialty boards. These boards are authorized to conduct examinations to determine the competence of physicians in the specialty, to issue certificates of qualification, to participate in evaluating the quality of residency programs, and to determine the requirements for certification.

Specialist positions:

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

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

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

Licensure: 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.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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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This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.

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

Other Information

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

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Loan Repayment Program (LRP):

The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit:

Other Additional Compensation: Subject to availability, eligibility and approval. *Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a 6 month service agreement will be required.*

  • Market Pay;

  • Creditable Service based on non-federal experience for Annual Leave Accrual;

  • Appointment Above the Minimum;

  • Recruitment Incentive (Maximum of 25% of base pay);

  • Retention Incentive (Maximum of 25% of base pay);

  • Relocation Incentive (Maximum of 25% of base pay).You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of Shipment of Household Goods expenses.


  • 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.
  • Clinical Privileges: 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.
  • Immunization: Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities. Must submit copy of update immunization records on date of hire.
  • Works on a regularly assigned, rotation or call back basis to provide continuity of medical services during evenings, nights, holidays and weekends.
  • This position is covered under the Indian Child Protection Act and is hereby designated an authorized Child Care position subject to P.L. 101-630 and P.L. 101-647.
  • In hospital environment there is common exposure to contagious disease, blood and body fluids. Some degree of risk is present in working with violent or emotionally disturbed patients or substance abusers.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $98,967.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-13/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 427628500

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-NN-1604344-DH