IHS Recruitment and Retention Activities
June 2016
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Welcome to the June 2016 edition of the IHS Recruiter Insider eNewsletter series. If you have recruitment or hiring responsibility for any health profession discipline — this eNewsletter is for you!
New Measures to Boost Recruitment

Update on Office of Human Resources (OHR) activities and policies: The OHR continues to work with IHS and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leadership to update pay and benefits policies to assist Indian health facilities in recruiting and retaining health professionals. Among new measures now in place:

  • An exception to the salary maximum for Emergency Medicine (EM) physicians has been approved.
  • Development of a new Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) pay table.
  • A blanket waiver to HHS policy on the payment of relocation expenses to candidates filling positions below the GS-13 grade level.
  • The use of commercial recruiting firms (also known as head hunters) has been approved for recruitment of medical providers.
  • Converted 95 percent of IHS physicians from Physicians’ Comparability Allowance to Title 38 Physician and Dentist Pay (PDP).
Focus on Passive Job Candidates

“Social media is a great way to reach everyone in the talent pool. And by everyone, we mean both active and passive candidates,” writes Sesame Mish in the Greenhouse Blog for recruiters.

She notes that while it may be easier to connect with candidates who are actively looking for a job, it’s just as important to build relationships with passive candidates — those who are satisfied with their current employment and are not out there looking — yet. With about 75 percent of the workforce in this group, companies have a huge opportunity to tap into this pool when searching for qualified candidates.

Chances are, these folks are not actively surfing career (singular) pages and job boards, so this is where your in-house social media point of contact comes in, engaging with talent and marketing the organization to make them want to join the team. LinkedIn allows you to search the profiles of individuals who would be a good fit for your organization and then connect with them using personalized messaging. Twitter enables you to hold regular open discussion sessions to interact with candidates and paint a picture of what it would be like to work at the company.


(Respondents could choose more than one.)

Source: Using Social Media for Talent Acquisition — Recruitment and Screening, Society for Human Resource Management , 2015.

Training Webinars

You can still access recordings of our first two Co-op Advertising Program Webinars and our Resume Mining training webinars! Here are the links:

  • Introduction to the Co-op Program and what’s available, click here.
  • How to target your audience with social media and digital technology, click here.
  • Resume Mining Training webinars, click here.

Note: Resume mining capabilities are available to IHS and Urban Indian Program facilities, as well as Tribes who buy back 100 percent of their recruitment shares.

Media Dollars at Work for You

Career Counselor Outreach
IHS has partnered with college and university recruiting networks to post Physician, Physician Assistant, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Pharmacist and Dentist career opportunity announcements on the career portals of these academic institutions. The announcements will appear on 410 college/university career boards. IHS will continue to send the Career Connections for Health Professionals quarterly eNewsletter to more than 400 Tribal colleges and health profession school counselors to promote the IHS Scholarship, Loan Repayment and Extern Programs.

OHR/DHPS Online Fulfillment System

A Career Counselor’s Guide to the IHS Scholarship Program

IHS Materials Inventory QRG: A Quick Reference Guide to Recruitment and Retention Materials Available Online

This full-color brochure provides career counselors and academic advisors with an overview of the IHS Scholarship Program, the benefits of a health profession scholarship and how it can be the first step toward a promising and dynamic Indian health career for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students.

The brochure can be downloaded in PDF form via the IHS Retention website or ordered through the OHR/DHPS Online Fulfillment System. If you don't have a username and password, please contact the administrator.

Note: The Career Counselor’s Guide is available to IHS and Urban Indian Program facilities and Tribes who buy back 100 percent of their recruitment shares.

Get Involved

If you oversee or participate in IHS physician recruitment responsibilities, you’re invited to join us on our Monthly Recruiter Call. These calls are a great way to stay current on all IHS programs and initiatives and exchange information among fellow recruiters at all levels. Click here for a copy of the May minutes.

Next Recruiter Call
Tuesday, June 28, 3 – 4 p.m. EST.

  • Scholarship and Loan Repayment Updates
  • NHSC Providers’ Field Strength
  • Co-op Social Media Instructions
  • College and University Career Portal Advertising
  • Ambassador Program
  • Weekly Hire Reports

FaceBook-IHS Health Professions Recruitment

Mark your Calendars
IHS 2016 National Recruiting Events

July 28 – 30

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Kansas City, MO, Recruiter: Nannette Bellini (IHS/HQ)

October 15 – 18

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Las Vegas, Recruiter: Nannette Bellini (IHS/HQ)

Opportunity. Adventure. Purpose.
Careers with the Indian Health Service
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.

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