Indian Health Service Medical Officer (All Specialties) Direct Hire in Phoenix, Arizona

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Phoenix, AZ
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Friday 1/1/2016 (293 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (72 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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 is an "Open Continuous Vacancy Announcement" and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. Applications will remain eligible for three (3) months from the time the application is received and allows acceptance of applications with eligible applicants referred for consideration. Candidates with a complete application will be considered for vacancies that match the geographic locations, specialties, and/or job preferences.

AMENDED: Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, without promotion potential as vacancies occur.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: U.S. Citizens, Current and Former competitive service Federal employees, active U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Indian Preference and Veteran Preference candidates.

APPOINTMENT: Positions may be filled as Permanent, Term or Temporary appointments. The Agency has the option of extending Term appointments for up to 4 years.

WORK SCHEDULE: Positions may be filled as Full-time, Part-time, or Intermittent work schedules.

TITLE 38 MARKET PAY: $140,000 - $325,000 per annum. Specific salary information for medical specialties:

Internal Medicine/Primary Care/Family Practice up to $215,000 per annum

OB/GYN/Emergency Medicine/Hospitalist/Psychiatry up to $240,000 per annum

Ophthalmology/Otolaryngology up to $300,000 per annum

General Surgery, Radiology, Anesthesiology up to $325,000 per annum

GOVERNMENT HOUSING: Private housing only.

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.


Responsible for the practice of medicine or direct service to patients involving the performance of diagnostic, preventative, or therapeutic services to patients in hospitals and clinics.

Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat, prevent illness, disease, or injury.

Order, perform, and interpret tests and analyze records, reports, and examination information to diagnose patient’s condition.

Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examinations results. Experience with electronic health records is preferred.

Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.

Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.

Refer patients to medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary.

Coordinate work with nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and other allied health professionals in the provision of a variety of health services.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Infrequent travel for training and/or visit field clinics
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized. This requires a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
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

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.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All physicians must meet all three of the following basic requirements:

  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 Degree - 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., 1 year internship or the first year of a residency program. This graduate training must by approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the U.S. or Canada.

  3. Licensure - Active, unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the U.S. Applications will be accepted from physicians who are not currently licensed; however, if selected for a Federal appointment they must obtain a license before entering on duty.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the above, physicians must also meet the following requirements for the GS-13 level and above.

GS-13: 3 years of residency training in a Medical Specialty OR have equivalent training and work experience in a Medical Specialty that demonstrates the ability to provide patient care of an average difficulty and responsibility. Typically completion of full formal residency training (at least 3 years) required by specialty board or progressive experience equivalent in breadth and intensity.

GS-14: 4 years of residency training in a Medical Specialty OR have equivalent training and work experience in a Medical Specialty (e.g., a specialist with 1-2 years of experience beyond residency training) that demonstrates the ability to provide patient care of a very difficult and responsible level.

GS-15: 5 years of residency training in a Medical Specialty OR have equivalent training and work experience in a Medical Specialty (e.g., a senior specialist with 3-4 years of experience beyond residency training) that demonstrates the ability to provide patient care of an extremely difficult and responsible level.

Final Year Residents: Applications will be accepted from applicants who are in their final year of residency and expected to complete their residency training within the next 12 months. Such applicants are required to provide evidence of meeting all position requirements before they can enter on duty.

NOTE: To view the full qualification standards, please visit:

You must meet the requirements of the job by the date you have applied by submitting all supporting documents with your application.

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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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.

Recruitment incentive (may or may not) be authorized.


Alternative Work Schedule: May be required to work rotating shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays to provide continuity of patient care.

Selectees born after 1957 are required to be immunized against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and provide documentation prior to their start date.

Selectees are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.

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.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $140,000.00 to $325,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-13/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This is an "Open Continuous Vacancy Announcement" and applications will be referred when vacancies occur.

Control Number: 425475500

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-PI-1590432-DHA