Indian Health Service Medical Officer (Family Practice) in Towaoc, Colorado

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Towaoc, CO
  • Acomita, NM
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Canoncito, NM
  • Cochiti Pueblo, NM More Locations (7)
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 4/28/2016 (179 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/23/2016 (60 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.

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-AQ-1594159-ESEP/MPfor eligibility requirements.

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 when vacancies occur. The first Cut-Off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 02/01/2016.Other Cut-Off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies. Your application will expire in 3 months from application date and you must reapply to keep your application active.

Appointment may be Permanent, Temporary, or TERM with tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time, or Intermittent. The Agency has the option of extending TERM appointments up to a maximum of four (4) years. The Agency has the option of extending temporary position appointments up to a maximum of two (2) years. Temporary positions not-to-exceed (NTE) 12 months or less are subject to termination at any time. Positions filled by PHS Commissioned Officers will be Permanent Full-Time only.

The Medical Officer positions are located in a hospital or in a field health facility, as assigned, and reports to the Clinical Director.

  • Provide medical services and/or procedures to examine, diagnose and treat infants, children, and adult patients within the scope of practice of a family physician.
  • Assess the health status of patients through physical exam and developmental history taking.
  • Order lab and other tests as appropriate to evaluate patient's health status.
  • Make preliminary diagnosis, prescribes or provides treatment.
  • Prepare and document appropriate history, physical examinations, and diagnosis into clinical records.
  • Work closely with other allied health professionals.
  • Provide emergency care as required.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours worked per week.

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.


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. 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 Director of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

  • An internship programinvolves 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 programinvolves 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 programinvolves 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.

Additional Requirements for Grades GS-12 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-14: Candidates must have 4 years of residency training in Family Practice specialty or equivalent experience and training.

This required Family Practice experience/training will include skills such as, but not limited to, providing medical services and procedures to examine, diagnose, and treat patients of all ages; performing emergency and minor surgical procedures; assessing the health status of patients through physical exam and developmental history taking; and/or prescribing medications in accordance with regulations and protocols.

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE (PHS) LICENSURE POLICY: Each PHS physician must possess and maintain a current and unrestricted license in a State.

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: Friday, December 23, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

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

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.

Position may be covered by a Bargaining Unit, depending on duty location.

Position has no promotion potential; position is at the full performance level.

Government housing may be available, depending on duty location.

Medical Officers are eligible for Market Pay.

This is a Childcare Position covered by Public Law 101-630, Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act. The Addendum to the OF-306 (Childcare Worker Form) is required for all applicants and can be found under required documents, above.

Incentive: Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may or may not be authorized and is subject to availability and Service Unit approval. If offered, you will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the service agreement will result in repayment of the incentive.


  • May work an alternative work schedule, call back, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays.
  • 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, including removal from Federal service.
  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. 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.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

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

Series & Grade: GS-0602-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 437396500

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-AQ-1692215-DH