Indian Health Service
About Indian Health Service
The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), works to ensure that all American Indians and Alaska Natives receive comprehensive, patient-centered health care services and all Indian health facilities are staffed with well-trained, compassionate, committed health professionals.
IHS offers physicians an extraordinary career opportunity to provide community-based care within a variety of health care settings. A wide range of medical specialties are in demand, including anesthesiology, emergency medicine, epidemiology, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, radiology and surgery. Many of our physicians serve the Indian health community as clinical consultants and advocates for system-wide improvements and innovations.
Indian health careers offer dedicated practitioners a chance to live and work within Native communities, providing a unique opportunity to learn about Tribal culture and experience traditions that have been handed down for generations.
An Indian health career offers physicians a choice of three practice options: working as a federal civil service employee, as an Officer in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service (USPHS) or directly for a Tribal or Urban Indian program. Each option offers career flexibility, competitive salaries and benefits and ample opportunity for advancement. Applicants must be US citizens.
Another key benefit is the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP), which offers health professionals practicing at Indian health facilities an opportunity to pay off all of their health education student loans in addition to receiving competitive salaries and benefits. Participants are eligible to receive up to $20,000 per year and can extend their contract annually until all of their loans are paid off.
For more information, visit www.ihs.gov/careeropps.
The policy of the IHS is to provide absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are suitable for federal employment in filling vacancies within the IHS. IHS is an equal opportunity employer.