Looking to take your healthcare career in a unique direction? Working at an Indian Health Services (IHS) tribal medical facility through Tribal EM can offer a life-changing experience.

IHS is a federally funded agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. IHS serves more than 560 federally recognized American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes. That equals roughly 2 million people throughout the United States. IHS offers in-patient and outpatient healthcare services, clinical care, dental, and pharmacy services – and it is a lifeline for underserved communities.

A Rewarding Career Opportunity

Working at a tribal medical facility may be vastly different from what you’re familiar with, but that’s part of its charm. Are there challenges? Absolutely. But the care you provide to these communities helps drive generational change in Native and tribal populations. Many providers call it the most rewarding experience in their career.

Here’s a rundown of what you can expect:

  • Application Process: The application process for IHS assignments can be cumbersome, thanks to federal guidelines and the facilities’ remote locations. That’s why our credentialing manager helps guide you every step of the way, ensuring all necessary documentation is organized and complete. We take the hassle out of the paperwork so you can focus on providing high-quality care.
  • Cultural and Community Differences: Your new patients may have different needs than the patients you’re used to treating. These communities have a desperate need for high-quality healthcare. Some have limited access to basic utilities. In many tribal communities, up to 35% of residences lack running water and electricity. Again, we’ll prepare you for these challenges with cultural sensitivity training. This includes information about specific tribal traditions and language, as well as what to expect from your patients.
  • Remote Locations and Limited Resources: These facilities are often located in rural areas – but you won’t feel isolated. We know ingenuity and an ability to make quick decisions are critical to providing quality care. That’s why we offer access to our top leadership at all times. If you ever have any questions or concerns during an assignment, you can call on the Tribal EM team at any time. The CCO helps guide providers through the onboarding process to answer questions ahead of assignments.
  • Housing and Food: Tribal EM covers all lodging to minimize logistical hassle. While other staffing agencies may skimp on housing, we provide private rooms, shared living spaces, and Wi-Fi. Restaurant options are modest, often limited to fast-food chains and diners, but kitchen amenities allow you to cook healthy meals as well.
  • Team Approach: We go beyond simply filling shifts with warm bodies. Our goal is to improve the care delivery model in the communities we serve. Our “one-team” approach values all members of the team, while striving to fulfill our mission of stronger hospitals and healthier communities.

Are You Ready to Serve in a Tribal Medical Facility?

Working with Indigenous communities and Indian Health Services facilities is more than a job – it’s an opportunity to transform healthcare communities on a generational level. You’ll help underserved patients and work in an environment that allows more hands-on care than typical healthcare facilities. If you’re ready to offer your expertise to tribal and Native populations who need it most, Tribal EM is ready to work with you. Just reach out and we’ll work with you to create a career-changing experience.