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How To Apply

Application deadline: Applications open 10/1/14. Your resume, transcripts, hiring preference and suitability forms must be uploaded on USAJobs by midnight Eastern time zone 1/2/2015. All supporting materials must also be emailed or time stamped / mail postmarked by Midnight 1/2/2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Process: Applicants who meet the 1/2/2015 deadline AND submit all required materials will be reviewed by IHS Human Resource Specialist for suitability. If you are selected for interview, the Residency Program Director from the individual site(s) will usually contact you by late January 2015. Not all applicants will be granted interviews. IHS residency selections will be finalized by early February 2015, allowing applicants to remain in the ASHP Match process in the event of non-selection for an IHS residency. IHS residencies do NOT participate in the ASHP Match process.

EACH ITEM ON THIS CHECKLIST IS REQUIRED (sections A, B, C and items #1-9). Please read and follow all instructions very carefully. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application is complete. You will NOT be notified of incomplete applications. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow-up with the Residency Program Director at individual site(s) regarding emailed materials (items in Section A below). Other questions should be directed to the contacts listed at the end of this notice.

All applications will be considered for the Civil Service (or Tribal) employment system unless the applicant ALSO applies separately to the USPHS Commissioned Corps. Application to the Corps is OPTIONAL - it is NOT required to apply for IHS residency. Corps applications will be made available only to selected applicants (not to all applicants).

To apply for the USPHS Commissioned Corps: In the event that you are selected for an IHS Residency, and you wish to apply to the USPHS Commissioned Corps, the screening process will begin immediately upon residency selection. Your decision to apply to the Corps must be made by the first week of February 2015. To determine if you may be eligible for the Corps, please review the pre-screening questionnaire [WORD - 20K].

SECTION A. Submit the following documents (#1-5 below) via EMAIL directly to the Residency Program Director (RPD) at EACH facility to which you are applying. Email addresses for individual Directors can be found on the “IHS Residency Site Selection” form (#3 below) or at the site links on this website this website.

___1. Letter of Intent, addressing why you wish to complete an IHS Residency

___2. Technical (medical/scientific) writing sample from pharmacy school/professional career (ex. Drug information response, Journal Club presentation/article review, DUER, formulary presentation, etc.) This submission should be an individual effort, technical in nature, and not directed toward patient education or part of a group effort.

___3. Completed I.H.S. Residency Site Selection 2015 form [XLS - 33K]

___4. Completed Prospective Resident Survey [WORD - 57K]

___5. Most current Curriculum Vitae

___6. Email completed “Residency Site Selection 2015” form (same as item #3 above) to Rebecca Reyes, the National Coordinator for the IHS Residencies, so that CDR Reyes may track all applicants.

SECTION B. USAJobs online application for Federal Employment

___ 7. Fill out on-line USAJobs application between October 1, 2014 and January 2, 2015** (check back for links in OCT 2014)** The applicant is responsible for ensuring the application is officially submitted. You will receive a notification or control number from USAJobs when you have fully completed the application. Incompletely submitted applications will not be considered.

To complete the USAJobs application(s), you will need the following prepared:

  1. Pharmacy school transcripts (unofficial or official)
  2. Most current Curriculum Vitae (you may submit this instead of using the online “resume builder”)
  3. Form BIA-4432 [PDF - 63K] (only if requesting consideration of Indian Preference for employment)

SECTION C. All materials must be postmarked by midnight January 2, 2015. These materials must be sent as one, complete packet. Submit the following ORIGINAL documents (#8-9 below) to:

CDR Rebecca Reyes
IHS National Pharmacy Residency Programs
Phoenix Indian Medical Center PHARMACY
4212 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016

___ 8. All applicants must provide FOUR completed PHS-1813 reference forms [PDF - 733K], regardless of whether or not you apply to the Commissioned Corps. Instruct the author to sign across the outside of the sealed envelope and return to you for inclusion in your completed application packet. They must be on the PHS-1813 form. If you choose to apply to the Corps, these forms will fulfill the requirements of the PHS-50 application references.

___9. Completed IHS Residency Site Selection form (same as #3 above)

For questions about the hard-copy application packet or items #1-6 or #8-9 above, please contact CDR Rebecca Reyes.

For questions about the USAJobs application (Section B above), please contact Ms. Jeanne Smith, or Ms. Angela Peshlakai.