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Job Title:  Pharmacist (Resident)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-14-CA-985418-ESEP/MP/DH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$67,878.00 to $80,343.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 01, 2013 to Friday, December 27, 2013
Full Time - Term NTE 13 months
21 vacancies in the following location(s):
Anchorage, AK View Map
Nome, AK View Map
Fort Defiance, AZ View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Sells, AZ View Map
More Locations  (14)
Any U.S. Citizens, including candidates eligible under Indian Preference; All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Veterans Preference, including applicants eligible under Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA); Commissioned Corps Personnel; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; and/or Schedule A.


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 (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.  IHS provides a comprehensive health services delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives with opportunity for maximum tribal involvement in developing and managing programs to meet their health needs.  IHS is now accepting applications for the PGY1 2014-2015 residency year. There are IHS Pharmacy residency programs throughout the United States:

Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska
Southcentral Foundation Ambulatory Care, Anchorage, Alaska
Albuquerque Indian Medical Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cherokee Indian Hospital, Cherokee, North Carolina
Choctaw Nation Health Care Facility, Talihina, Oklahoma
Claremore Indian Health Care Facility, Claremore, Oklahoma
Crownpoint Health Care Facility, Crownpoint, New Mexico
Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Ada, Oklahoma
Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, Fort Defiance, Arizona
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, New Mexico
Hastings Indian Medical Center, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, New Mexico
Norton Sound Health Corporation, Nome, Alaska **New!
Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Rapid City PHS Indian Hospital, Rapid City, South Dakota
Santa Fe Indian Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sells Indian Hospital, Sells, Arizona
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, Tuba City, Arizona
Whiteriver Indian Health Service Hospital, Whiteriver, Arizona
Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center, Warm Springs, Oregon
IHS residencies offer an excellent opportunity to learn in a progressive practice setting how to help improve the healthcare of Native Americans. Enjoy learning in a multidisciplinary and friendly team environment. The practice setting, cultural diversity, and recreational opportunities will make this your most rewarding pharmacy experience!  For more information -

Most IHS residencies are accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).


  • 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
  • Specific education is required


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The purpose of this position is to serve as a Pharmacy Resident training position performing a variety of developmental assignments intended to increase or further the knowledge, skills and abilities in the incumbent’s area of expertise.  The pharmacy residency is an organized, directed, postgraduate training in a defined area of pharmacy practice.  The graduate will have refined skills in drug therapy management, disease state management, patient consultation, interviewing techniques, laboratory test interpretation and physical assessment.  The graduate will be able to communicate and function effectively with other health care professionals in the IHS and understand their roles and those of the organization.  Duties include:


Using prescribed methods, the incumbent performs clinical assignments of moderate scope and complexity under the general supervision of the supervisor. Assignments are geared to provide on the job experience in the incumbent’s area of expertise; provides orientation, training and familiarization with the work processes of the occupational field or specific job; and reinforces and supplements previous experience and education to allow the incumbent to carry out progressively more difficult and responsible tasks.


Assignments are accomplished by applying familiarity with and use of a number of standard principles, methods, and practices as necessary in order to adapt practices and techniques to specific situations; to adjust and correlate data; to recognize discrepancies and deviations in results and to follow an operation through of series of related detailed steps and/or processes in carrying out the work assignments. May be required to make tentative or preliminary selections and adaptations of alternatives after approval by the supervisor.


The resident carries out clinical pharmacy functions of drug selection, compounding and dispensing which involves a varied range of therapeutic agents. The resident provides information and consultative advice to the prescribing doctor on contraindications and side effects of drugs. The resident actively participates in inter-and intra-departmental hospital training programs for such groups as physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Pharmacist provides physical assessments and under medical staff approval and local privileging can assess patient and be able to adjust medication.


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Minimum Qualification Requirements: 

1.  Basic Requirement - Education:

Four-year bachelor's degree in pharmacy recognized by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education**

2.  Basic Requirement – Licensure:

All applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a State, territory of the United States, or the District

of Columbia**

3.  Additional Requirement – Specialized Experience

For GS-9, applicants must demonstrate successful completion of a 5-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in pharmacy from an approved pharmacy school, or 1 year of professional pharmacy experience equivalent to at least GS-7.

4.  Medical Requirement – Applicants must be able to distinguish basic colors.


**If you do not have your degree or license at time of application, you will be rated tentatively qualified.  Those who are selected will need to provide an official copy of their Pharmacy school transcript and license prior to appointment.

Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position.  Graduate education is qualifying if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. To be creditable, foreign education must have been evaluated for sufficiency by an American education credentialing service. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's website at:

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)

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Friday, December 27, 2013.


We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be invited to complete an on-line questionnaire assessing the following:

Technical competency in:  ability to learn; attention to detail; and pharmacy operations.

If found qualified, your score will range from 70-100 points (not including points that may be assigned for Veterans' Preference).  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

In addition, applicants will be further rated on the following criteria:

-applicant site preference (per IHS Pharmacy Residency rank order list)

-professional involvement (presentations, society memberships, professional activities)

-IHS career potential

-Supporting information (interview, recommendations)

For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you score 85 or above.


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This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months.  If selected, you will be required to report for duty on or after July 1, 2014 with authorized travel occurring prior to the report date. Relocation benefits are authorized. Entitlement will be determined at time of selection. The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. You can review our benefits at:


**Please note that applying on-line is not a complete application.  You must also submit additional items.  Please go to for a complete list of application requirements.

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 qualification requirements, licensure requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:  Friday, December 27, 2013.

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. 

In addition, this position is covered under Public Law 101-630.  The selectee will be required to certify that they have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes. The certification form can be found here:

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.


  1. Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re- selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following VIN # 985418. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot apply online:


  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. 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.


The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (JEANNE SMITH, (916)930-3981, and/or JEANNE.SMITH@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.

·         ___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.) Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.

·         ___Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.

·              Transcripts - Transcripts must be provided if substituting education for experience and/or if education is required for this position. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.

·         ___Former or Current Federal Employee - Include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to show type of appointment that can be used to verify eligibility as a Merit Promotion Candidate.

·         ___Veteran's Preference - If claiming Veteran's Preference, include a copy of DD-214 Form, and SF-15 if claiming 10 point Veteran's Preference

·         Response to Assessment Questionnaire.


Applicants may submit optional documents and place these under the Miscellaneous document type. Documents could include performance reviews, copies of job-related certifications, cover letter, letters of recommendation, SF-50. Suggest documents submitted are job-related and current.


Phone: (916)930-3981
TDD: (301)443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
650 Capitol Mall Ste 7-100
Sacramento, CA


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): e.g., copy of your college transcript. We will review your resumé and required supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification & eligibility requirements.  

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

21 vacancies in the following locations:
Anchorage, AK View Map
Nome, AK View Map
Fort Defiance, AZ View Map
Phoenix, AZ View Map
Sells, AZ View Map
Tuba City, AZ View Map
Whiteriver, AZ View Map
Cherokee, NC View Map
Albuquerque, NM View Map
Crownpoint, NM View Map
Gallup, NM View Map
Santa Fe, NM View Map
Shiprock, NM View Map
Ada, OK View Map
Claremore, OK View Map
Tahlequah, OK View Map
Talihina, OK View Map
Warm Springs, OR View Map
Rapid City, SD View Map

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