Indian Health Service MEDICAL OFFICER (Psych) DH in Shiprock, New Mexico

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Shiprock, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 2/9/2016 (257 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (69 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 announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number* IHS-16-NN-1621860-ESEP/MP* for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

The Medical Officer (Psychiatry) position is located in the Division of Clinical Services, I'ina Counseling Services, Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, New Mexico. The Medical Officer (Psychiatry) performs mental health services to individual adults, couples, families and groups of adults as well as children and adolescents. This position reports to the Supervisory Clinical Psychologist.

  • Responsible for the full range of clinical evaluation of the patients condition and for one or more of broad range of psychiatric treatment activities. Clinical evaluation involves responsibility for formulation of working diagnoses based upon the patients personal history, appraisal of the patient psychiatric and physical status and assessment evaluation.
  • Services provided include but are not limited to: evaluation services, crisis stabilization, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy (individual, family and group), interactive therapies for adults, adolescents and children and behavior modification planning.
  • Health care provided requires recognition of diseases, mental illnesses and behavioral and psychosocial problems which may require collaboration with other health care providers. Assignments include providing consultation to others in mental health and social services, to tribal programs and to other IHS specialists.
  • Administrative involvement is commensurate with the leadership role as a "senior clinician". May also be required to consult with case management for Shiprock Service Unit patients admitted for inpatient care (either direct or referred). Active participation of the multi-disciplinary team and selected duties for the Navajo Area Mental Health Program.
  • Provide emergency psychiatric consultation when requested by the physician on call.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid. 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
  • 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 REQUIREMENT(S): 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 Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway 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 residency program in an institution accredited for such training. (This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or administrative position not requiring direct patient care.) For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internships, 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 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).
  • 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).
  • 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: 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-14 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: 4 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.

For GS-15: 5 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.

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 p.m. (Eastern Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

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

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.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.

Appointment Above the Minimum may be authorized.

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:

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Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to the GS-15 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, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.


  • 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.
  • Measles and Rubella immunizations are required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facility.
  • This position is covered under the Indian Child Protection Action and is hereby designated an authorized Child Care position subject to P.L.101-630 and P.L. 101-647.

IHS - Operated Properties Are Tobacco-Free

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

Series & Grade: GP-0602-14/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 429123700

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-NN-1621862-DH