Indian Health Service Medical Officer (Administration), GP-602-15-DH in Tohatchi, New Mexico

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

Opened Wednesday 9/7/2016 (47 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 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-GP-1662998- ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

The Medical Officer (Administration) position is located at the Tohatchi Health Center in the Clinical Services Division, Gallup Service Unit. Incumbent performs as Chief Medical Officer for the ambulatory health care facility to oversee the operation of all clinical activities at Tohatchi Health Center. As a Medical Officer, incumbent performs family oriented and comprehensive health care at Tohatchi Health Center who reports to the Medical Director.


For more information contact Physician Recruiter, Helen Laughing at (505)726-5896 or E-mail Address:

  • Responsible for overseeing the operation of all clinical activities, in/outpatient services, rehabilitation services, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, medical social services, mental health, dental and optometry sections.
  • Works closely with allied health professionals such as public health nurses, social workers, health educators and others to utilize and coordinate respective expertise to manage patient medical, psychological and social problems.
  • Provides comprehensive, therapeutic, and preventative health services to pediatric, geriatric, adolescent, and adult patients.
  • Works collaboratively with medical providers and outside consultants on more complex cases or cases requiring specialty care or contract health services.
  • Formulates and implements an overall program plan for the Ambulatory care program that will satisfy the requirements and priorities of the Service Unit objectives and various accrediting agencies.
  • Supervises directly or through other subordinate supervisors and the activities of the Medical Staff and other employees assigned to the departments. These activities may be clinical, administrative and supportive in nature. Exercises approval or disapproval authority of personnel actions requested by subordinate supervisors.
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
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial periods.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must have current, valid, active & unrestricted MD License.
  • ### Qualifications

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.


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).

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 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. 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. Applications will be accepted from physicians who are not currently licensed; however, if selected for appointment, they must (a) obtain a license before entering on duty, or (b) meet one of the following provisions:

  • Waiver of Licensure Requirement: An agency may waive the licensure requirement for positions not involving direct patient care, e.g., positions performing disability evaluations, positions performing solely research, or administrative program managers. If the agency does not waive the license requirement for these kinds of positions, candidates may be appointed subject to obtaining a license within 1 year.

  • Appointments Pending Meeting Licensure Requirement: Individual circumstances may warrant appointments pending meeting the licensure requirement (e.g., when a candidate has a temporary license to practice until the next regular session of the licensing board). Persons appointed pending licensure may not be retained beyond 1 year of appointment if they do not obtain the license.

Additional Requirements: 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: Candidates must have 5 years of residency training in the Family Practice specialty or equivalent experience and training.

Public Health Service (PHS) Licensure Policy: Each PHS physician must possess and maintain a current and unrestricted license in a State.

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 performing the following types of tasks: Covers the full range of Family Medicine cases and the recognition of disease syndromes, which require referral including those are difficult to discern or identify.

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 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, December 30, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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.

A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. (Supervisory positions only)

  • This position is not covered by a Bargaining Unit.
  • Government housing is not available.
  • Position is covered by PL. 101-630.
  • Drug testing is not required.

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. A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. (Supervisory positions only) This position is not covered by a Bargaining Unit. Government Housing is not available. Position is covered by PL. 101-630. Drug testing is not required. Other additional compensation which an individual may be eligible for are: Recruitment Incentive (Maximum of 25% of Annual Rate of Basic Pay); Relocation Incentive (Maximum of 25% of Annual Rate of Basic Pay); Initial or Renewal of Retention Incentive (Maximum of 25% of Annual Rate of Basic Pay); Physician Comparability Allowance (PCA); Market Pay; Appointment Above the Minimum (AAM). 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.


Insert any conditions, for example, On-call or confined to a designated location for stand-by purposes, rotating shifts, if the position requires specific work hours, travel, drug testing, immunization, clinical privileges, credentialing, financial disclosure, etc.

  • 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 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.
  • Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:00A.M.-4:30P.M.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $120,000.00 to $255,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GP-0602-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 434025200

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-GP-1662993-DH