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Job Title:  Medical Officer (Family Practice)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-AQ-817280-DH

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$104,458.00 to $129,865.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 22, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Towaoc, CO View Map
Acomita, NM View Map
Albuquerque, NM View Map
Dulce, NM View Map
Mescalero, NM View Map
More Locations  (5)


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At HHS you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates 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. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To be eligible for this position under the Direct Hire (DHA) hiring plan, you must be a U.S. Citizen.
This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-13-AQ-817278-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP), Merit Promotion Plan (MPP), Veterans' Preference and Commissioned Corps.  If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.

The Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applicants throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur.  The first Cut-Off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 03/14/2013.  Other Cut-Off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies.  The applicants with 10-point Veterans' Preference who submit a complete application after a Cut-Off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the List, if qualified.  Your applicant period of eligibility will be for three (3) months.  The system automatically populates your Eligibility Begin Date when your application is rated and your Eligibility End Date is calculated based on the start of the 3-month period of eligibility.  You must reapply to keep your application active.

Appointment may be Permanent, Temporary, Excepted Temporary, Excepted Time-Limited, or TERM with tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time, or Intermittent.  The Agency has the option of extending Time-Limited or TERM appointments up to a maximum of four (4) years.  Temporary positions not-to-exceed (NTE) 12 months or less are subject to termination at any time.  The Agency has the option of extending Temporary position appointments up to a maximum of two (2) years.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service: Towaoc, CO United States Few vacancies
Acomita, NM United States Few vacancies
Albuquerque, NM United States Few vacancies
Dulce, NM United States Few vacancies
Mescalero, NM United States Few vacancies
San Felipe Pueblo, NM United States Few vacancies
Santa Clara Pueblo, NM United States Few vacancies
Santa Fe, NM United States Few vacancies
Taos, NM United States Few vacancies
Zuni, NM United States Few vacancies


The Medical Officer provides consultative and/or direct medical services specializing in family practice medicine to both inpatients and outpatients in a hospital.  Provides direct care/services to neo-natal, pediatric, geriatric, adolescent and adult patients. Provides consultative and/or direct outpatient services at field health facilities as assigned.  Serves on appropriate hospital committees as directed. Supervises ancillary hospital and field personnel when actually providing direct patient care. Has a high degree of freedom for inpatient care within established guidelines, policies and concepts of good medical practice. 

Area of Consideration:  All Sources

Salary range: $104,458.00 - $129,865.00 (Annually)

Other additional compensation for which a physician may be eligible, in addition to their base salary, are a Recruitment and Relocation Incentive (maximum of 25% of base pay); Initial or Revewal of Retention Allowance (maximum of 25% of base pay when necessary); Physicians' Comparability Allowance; Market Pay; and an Appointment-Above-the-Minimum.

Promotion potential: None

Travel Required: Possibly, depending on duty location

Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

Relocation Expenses Paid: Travel Expenses - Paid. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be paid primarily in the interest of the government and not in the interest of the selected employee.

Is position covered by PL 101-630 (Childcare Position)?  Yes

Is drug testing required?  No

Is government housing available?  Yes, depending on duty location and availability

Is this a bargaining unit position?  Depending on duty location

Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays?  Yes

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.

Who may apply section

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  • Position subject to background investigation.
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • Must be a US Citizen to apply.
  • Professional licensure requirement.


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Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.

  • Provides the full range of care to patients by examining, diagnosing, and treating patients in Family Practice.
  • Participates in developing, modifying and evaluating medical procedures relative to patient care with the objective of improving the quality of patient care.
  • Provides care, as needed, when scheduled for call and for emergency situations.
  • Participates in community activities and community health planning as necessary.
  • Maintains patient records in the problem oriented medical record format utilizing the patient care component of the resource and patient management systems.


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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 training.  (This one-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.   

  • 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. 

NOTE:  Candidates can apply within six (6) months of meeting the education and/or licensure requirements.  However, evidence of meeting the requirements must be provided and verified prior to entrance on duty.   


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-14 -- 4 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.

NOTE:  Candidates can apply within nine (9) months of meeting the residency requirements; however, candidates cannot enter on duty until they have provided written verification of completion of the residency requirement.

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

You must provide the required information during the online application process; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:

  1. Resume complete in USAJOBS
  2. Responses to Questionnaire
  3. Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement for more details)


These vacancies are being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority.  The following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this vacancy.

The HHS Careers system simplifies the Federal application process by replacing the former KSA job-element statements with on-line self-assessment questions.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be invited to complete an on-line questionnaire assessing the following:

  • Practice of Medicine/direct services to patients: assessment, diagnosis, treatment and preventive healthcare measures.
  • Healthcare management
  • Planning patient care
  • Interpersonal Skills

For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category.


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If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, licensure requirements (possess and maintain a current, valid, active State license/registration as a Physician), performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  Except for Indian Preference, consideration will be given without regard to any non-merit factor such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, partisan politics, physical or mental handicap, marital status, age, membership or non-membership in any employee organization, or sexual orientation.

Selectee may may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

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


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:

  1. Assessment Questionnaire
  2. Résumé
  3. Required Documents (Specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. An applicant may not be considered if proper documentation is not received.)

Option A: Online application process (USAJOBS to Application Manager) the preferred method to receive automatic updates on your application status.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on this page to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

Option B:  Fax

If it is not possible for you to use the USAJOBS Account to Application Manager Account online application process (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can apply for this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead. Please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Follow these steps:

  1. Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire.  You can obtain the OPM1203fx form at this URL .
  2. You may submit the OPM Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), résumé, and/or any supporting documents by fax.
  • If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.
  • If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number 817280
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.

Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office, Louella Chase, (505)248-4538, LOUELLA.CHASE@IHS.GOV.  "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis."


You must provide the required documents listed below during the online application process either through the document upload process or fax using instructions outlined in Section B above. If any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:

  • ___Resume -- You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  • ___Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:
  • ___Indian Preference applicants -- If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the current Form BIA -4432, Expiration Date: 11/30/2014, "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only."  The current form expiration date, 11/30/2014, does not need to be used if an older Form BIA-4432 is submitted with a signature that predates the expiration date on the form. Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA official of tribal enrollment records, documentation of lineal descent, state or academic records that document you posses one-half degree Indian blood from a tribe indigenous to the United States, as well as official records that establish your degree of Indian blood, such as census records. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary.   (See the form for detailed instructions for the completion of the BIA form 4432 located at: or please contact your tribal enrollment officer or your local BIA Office for your most current form.)
  • ___Licensure -- Provide copy of current and unrestricted license, as required by PHS Licensure Policy.
  • ___Supplemental Qualifications Statement for Medical Officer/Dental Officer Positions -- Provide a completed copy of the statement:
  • ___Transcripts -- Transcripts are required and must be provided for this position; positive education requirement.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
  • ___Veterans' Preference -- If claiming Veterans' Preference, include a copy of DD-214 Form, and SF-15, if claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference
  • ___Response to Assessment Questionnaire

Applicants may submit optional documents and place these under Miscellaneous such as performance reviews, copies of job-related certifications, cover letter, letters of recommendation, SF-50.  Suggest documents submitted are job-related and current.



Louella Chase
Phone: (505)248-4538
Fax: (505)248-4744
TDD: (301)443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
5300 Homestead Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM
87110 Fax: (505)248-4744


First notification : Once the online questionnaire and resume are received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successfully received. Receipt of this email does not confirm receipt of the other required document(s): copy of your license or completed OF-306 Addendum form.

We will review your résumé and required supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification & eligibility requirements.  This position is covered under Public Law 101-630 Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.   As part of our review we will adjudicate your completed OF-306 Addendum form (see Required Documents Section).

Second notification : You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

Additional notifications : for those referred to the hiring manager. We will keep you updated on the status using the online alert system. When a tentative offer is made, the selectee must undergo a fingerprint check.  Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire.  The "tentative" new employee will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. 

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 drive status updates notification for applicants.  You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied. 

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Towaoc, CO View Map
Acomita, NM View Map
Albuquerque, NM View Map
Dulce, NM View Map
Mescalero, NM View Map
San Felipe Pueblo, NM View Map
Santa Clara Pueblo, NM View Map
Santa Fe, NM View Map
Taos, NM View Map
Zuni, NM View Map

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