Indian Health Service Medical Officer (Family Practice) in Warm Springs, Oregon

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Warm Springs, OR
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/1/2016 (53 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 12/1/2016 (38 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.

This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not re-apply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

This position is Open Until Filled, which is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. The first Cut-off date for referral of qualified candidate(s) to be considered for available vacant position will be Thursday, September 15, 2016. Thereafter, Cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill the job.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service/Merit Promotion procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-R2-WR-1627899-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both ESEP/MP and DE. Active PHS Commissioned Officers must apply under the ESEP/MP announcement in order to be considered.

This Medical Officer* (Family Practice specialty)* is located in an Ambulatory Care Health Facility which provides family-oriented primary medical care services at the Warm Springs Service Unit, Warm Springs, Oregon. This position specializes in Family Practice and assumes responsibility for the diagnosis, prevention, therapy, maintenance and rehabilitation of family members in the capacity of a senior specialist, or expert. This position reports to the Clinical Director.

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.

  • Provide the full range of care by interviewing, examining, diagnosing and treating patients in Family Medicine.
  • Provide emergency care as required to stabilize patient and arrange for transfer of care to an appropriate facility for the level of care needed.
  • Conduct outpatient clinics.
  • Prescribe and direct prenatal and postnatal care.
  • Maintain patient records in the electronic health record system.
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 may be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • Board Certification or Board Eligibility in FP or IM required.
  • 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

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, the period of employment (month/year to month/year) and the total number of work hours 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.

  • 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.


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: 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.

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

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

To qualify for this position, equivalent experience and training must be directly related to family medicine specialty and must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform successfully the duties of the position. To be creditable, it must be equivalent to at least 1 year at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression.

Equivalent experience is defined as performing recent work in comprehensive and continuing family-oriented primary medical care services for members of families at all stages of life by assuming responsibility for the diagnosis, prevention, therapy, maintenance and rehabilitation of patients based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community.

Board Certification/Eligibility:

  • GS-13: Residents or candidates must meet certification within 6 months of hire.
  • GS-14: Must currently have and maintain American Board of Family Practice certification as a Family Practitioner or Internal Medicine Specialist.

This position requires certification as a Family Practitioner. Applicants must be able to obtain certification within six months of completing residency school. In addition, if not maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse action, up to and including removal from the Federal Service.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Thursday, December 01, 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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Leave: 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.

Title 38 Salary Range: $98,967 to $215,000 per year is authorized for use in this recruitment. Amounts for physicians will be established on an individual basis according to General Schedule (GS) Base Pay and Market Pay. Title 38 paid employees may not be paid overtime for work in excess of 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week, or 80 hours per pay period; may not earn compensatory time off; or may not receive any other form of premium pay under Chapter 55 of Title 5, U.S. Code.

Other Information

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: For IHS - For NHSC - For HRSA Nurse Corps -

Incentives: Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a 6-month service agreement will be required.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-14 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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: 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.

Immunizations: Measles and Rubella immunization is 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.

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 action, up to and including removal from Federal service.

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.

Child Care Covered Position: This position is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Applicants are required to complete, sign and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care; Indian Child Care Worker Position, form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these position have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere to guilty to certain crimes.

Board Eligibility/Certification: Incumbent must be or be able to achieve and maintain American Board of Family Practice certification as a Family Practitioner or Internal Medicine Specialist.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

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

Series & Grade: GS-0602-13/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 449502400

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R2-WR-1627901-DE