Indian Health Service Medical Officer (Psychiatry) in Poplar, Montana

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Poplar, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/15/2016 (23 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 position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

OPEN UNTIL FILLED. The first certificate will be issued after 10/17/16. The second certificate will be issued after 10/31/16. The third certificate will be issued after 11/15/16.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-R1-BI-1770202-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered This position can be filled by a Medical Officer (Psychiatry), Clinical Psychologist or Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric). This position is located within the Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, Fort Peck Service Unit, Poplar, MT.


Clinical evaluation of the patient's condition for one or more diagnosis based upon the patient's personal history and psychiatric and physical status; followed by provision of appropriate treatments in the form of medications. Provides consultation services on psychiatric matters. Provides technical guidance and consultation, and advise to mental health staff to manage and treat patients served by the Behavioral Health services staff. Advises and consults with the community, medical staff, and other health and tribal programs and services. Crisis management of patients including after hours on call consultation services on a rotating basis.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid primarily in the interest of the government and not in the interest of the selected employee. Employee will be required to sign a one-year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one-year service agreement may require repayment of relocation expense allowances.
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. Individual Occupational Requirements Basic Requirements 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. (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. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians. 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. Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for GS-11 positions. Additional Requirements for Grades GS-12 and Above: The requirements below are grouped according to types of programs-clinical and training, aviation medical, occupational health, disability evaluation, maternal and child health, and research. 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-15: 5 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-15 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-14) level that included duties such as: Prescribe psychotropic medications for patients after performing diagnostic and clinical assessments of their mental disorders. Assess patients for the appropriateness of psychotropic medications. Provide direct clinical support to children and families. Provide highly skilled psychiatric diagnosis and treatment services (preventive, curative, and rehabilitative) to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Examine and diagnose the mental health related conditions of individuals requesting care. Refer individuals for consultation when appropriate and prescribe medications as appropriate. Assist in the development of policies and procedures related to psychiatric services, including outpatient, emergency and crisis stabilization, and making referrals to inpatient facilities in the region. Examine, diagnose, and treat patients who present for Mental Health services or are referred. Provide a wide range of evaluation and clinical services. Educate individuals in the nature of mental health related conditions, recommended therapy, and in the general promotion of health and the prevention of disease. Record patient/provider transactions in the Electronic Health Record. Assist in the provision of continuing education, on-the-job training, and orientation. Provide mental health services at locations and time appropriate to the specialized needs of the catchment area population.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information

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: ( Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. 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. A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. 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. Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a one year service agreement will be required. 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. 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. Emergency on-call rotation, approximately one week out of every four to six weeks Comp time for any time worked outside normal tour of duty IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $98,967.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens; PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply to the merit promotion announcement in order to receive consideration.

Control Number: 452308300

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R2-BI-1706796-DH