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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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Federal Civil Service

The majority of physicians choose to join us through the federal Civil Service personnel system. This entry path offers career flexibility and generous federal employee benefits. Because there are no age or physical requirements, the federal Civil Service is an attractive choice for experienced professionals and recent graduates alike.


  • Loan Repayment
  • Competitive starting salary and benefits
  • Negotiable employment commitment: transfer eligibility after two years
  • 13 days paid vacation to start
  • Annual continuing education available at most local sites
  • Up to 13 days sick leave per year
  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • No-cost malpractice coverage
  • No overhead expenses
  • Comprehensive retirement program
  • Thrift savings (contributory) retirement plan with government match
  • Up to five years of retirement credit transferable to employment with the Commissioned Corps

Eligibility Requirements

  • US citizenship (Note: Under Executive Order 11935, only US citizens and nationals may be appointed to competitive service federal jobs. Exceptions can be made permitting the federal Civil Service to hire certain non-citizens when there are no qualified US citizens available, unless the appointment is prohibited by statute. For more information about citizenship requirements, please visit the Office of Personnel ManagementExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
  • Medical degree
  • Valid medical license from any US state

For information about federal Civil Service opportunities contact:

Nannette Bellini
801 Thompson Ave TMP 450-A
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 443-0049

Michael Berryhill, MSW
Indian Health Service
801 Thomspon Avenue, TMP 450-A
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 443-2443