Indian Health Service Medical Officer (Family Practice) in Chinle, Arizona

Indian Health Service
Many vacancies in the following locations:
  • Chinle, AZ
  • Kayenta, AZ
  • Pinon, AZ
  • Red Mesa, AZ
  • Shonto, AZ More Locations (19)
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (8 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.

As a Medical Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for diagnosis, prevention, therapy, maintenance and rehabilitation of family members in a unique, diverse community. IHS provides several benefits including malpractice coverage, overhead expenses, and a comprehensive retirement program. In addition, you may be eligible for recruitment and relocation incentives, credit for annual leave, and/or loan repayment opportunities.

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.

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  • Participates directly in the medical care of patients, performing functions to the extent delineated by the medical staff privileging process.
  • Provides direct care/services to pediatric, geriatric, adolescent and adult patients in the outpatient and inpatient setting.
  • Provides therapeutic and preventive health services to individual patients, family members and patient groups as a primary health resource.
  • Assesses and diagnoses needs and sets up a plan of action to meet identified needs by providing health services to individuals and families.
  • Works closely with allied health professionals to utilize and coordinate the services of other health care professionals in the management of the patients medical, physiological and social issues.
  • Orders, performs, and interprets tests and analyzes records, reports, and examination information to diagnose patients condition.
  • Documents appropriate medical records for all patients to ensure the accumulation and organization of pertinent clinical data to provide comprehensive medical care.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel may be required for training or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Navajo (NM, AZ) Great Plains (ND and SD) and Billings (MT, WY) areas are able to pay relocation expenses. 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
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Must have an active U.S. medical license
  • Must have an M.D. or D.O.

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 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.

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.

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


Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector. Physicians must meet the following requirements for the GP-14 grade level and above.

*GP-14 Grade Level: *4 years of residency training in Family Medicine OR have equivalent training and work experience in Family Medicine that demonstrates the ability to provide patient care of an average difficulty and responsibility. Typically completion of full formal residency training (at least 4 years) required by specialty board or progressive experience equivalent in breadth and intensity.

When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution. Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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.

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.

All current U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps Officers and Commissioned Corps Officer candidates who have successfully completed the professional boarding process are eligible to compete for these positions in the Indian Health Service. Send an email to to received application instructions.

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.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $99,785.00 to $215,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GP-0602-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452108100

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-GR-1810915-DH