This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Major Duties, but not limited to: Follows established regulations and procedures to insure patient privacy. Identifies biomechanical condition. Conducts gait analysis, range of motion, coordination and balance, motor skills, and clinical assessment studies in accordance with occupational principles for unusual conditions, multiple complex interrelated conditions, etc. Interviews patients to determine expectations, lifestyle, home/work environment, ability to use the device. Takes necessary measurements, casts or scans to develop positive molds or the affected area of the body, which is user to create the orthotist and/or prosthesis. Recognizes physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications. Assesses patient for indications/contra-indications of appropriate treatment protocols and successes the assessment with the physical/requesting provider for purposes of developing the overall treatment plan. Has considerable influence in the development of the plan. Considers new and emerging technologies in designing unique or innovative devices to accommodate or treat a wide range of complex medical conditions, which include unusual problems or complications. Considers information developed through the assessment as well as time management workload considerations, designs custom devices using standard component to optimize patient performance for difficult and complex conditions; may include CAD/CAM systems. Selects materials and components to be used in fabrication of the device and determines appropriate equipment to be used in fabrication of the device. Fabricates components, or selects and modifies components, and assembles these into the finished device. Uses CAD/CAM system as appropriates in these process and performs preliminary alignment. Fits the device on the patient, assures preliminary alignment, and performs subsequent dynamic alignment. Assesses and/or modifies fit and function of the device as fabricated and makes appropriate modifications to insure optimum patient outcome. Evaluates patient's ability to don/doff the device, provide training to the patient and/or caregiver in its use and maintenance. This may also include training the clinical staff. Explains procedures and processes to the patient to reduce anxiety and gain support and cooperation in all stages of the process. Maintains the patient's record, including the electronic record, in accordance with establishes JCAHO/ABC/BOC/Medical Center/VlSN policies. Attends professional and manufacturer's training seminars. Completes mandatory training per hospital requirements. Maintains professional credentials and/or competency. Observes appropriate, established infection control guidelines. Follows environmental and occupational safety guidelines. Communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patient and caregiver in various interdisciplinary clinical settings as a subject matter expert to develop the O/P treatment plan. (PM&R, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, vascular, podiatry, etc.) Conducts in-service training for O/P staff, VSO's as well as staff in other disciplines regarding O/P technologies. Provides guidance and direction to lower graded O/P staff. Manages the daily operations of a small to medium Lab. Plans clinical schedule for Orthotics and Prosthetics and assures appropriate staff coverage. Conducts site surveys of commercial vendors to insure vendor regulatory compliance. Evaluates the ability of a vendor to provide a product. Responsible for accreditation compliance. Develops short & long range plans/goals for the lab in accordance with local, VISN and Headquarters direction. Develops budget plan for lab. Manages inventory of stock items, fabrication materials and components. Assures safe workplace considering environmental concerns, OSHA/JCAHO regulations. Conducts quality assurance activities. Work Schedule: Mondays - Fridays (8:00 am - 4:30 pm). Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Eligible. *See "Additional Information" section below for more details. Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: May be authorized to a highly qualified candidate and selectee must sign a service agreement for a specified period of service with the VA Caribbean Healthcare System. *See "Additional Information" section below for references. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
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