Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapy Resident (Cardiopulmonary) in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Ann Arbor, MI
Work Schedule is Full Time - Temporary NTE 13 months

Opened Wednesday 1/13/2016 (282 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1590841

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The mission of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) Residency in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy is to mentor the professional development and advanced clinical training of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapists so they may exhibit the core values of physical therapy professionalism and may contribute to the field of cardiopulmonary physical therapy as practitioners, educators, and clinical scholars who demonstrate advanced clinical practice guided by current evidence.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


This residency is designed to prepare participants to become skilled cardiopulmonary physical therapy clinicians by providing them with education through both academic and clinical experiences. Participants will function as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team to assure integrated care for the patient, and will be given the opportunity to provide specialty level care for veteran patients.

The program is designed to provide residents with a year-long intensive study of cardiopulmonary physical therapy, preparing them to sit for (and pass) the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist Examination offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Clinical time during the residency, which includes structured one-on-one mentoring, is provided for 75-80% of a typical week. The remainder of time is spent completing didactic training, research, projects and presentations related to the overall curriculum of the residency program.

Residents receive didactic training on numerous topics related to cardiopulmonary physical therapy which are expected knowledge areas published in the current Description of Specialty Practice for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy. The content is taught by expert faculty from VAAAHS, the University of Michigan Health System Department of Physical Therapy and the University of Michigan-Flint Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. Learning units are taught on a set schedule throughout the year. Residents also participate in interdisciplinary rounds, case seminars, and interdisciplinary education conferences.

NOTE: First cut-off for consideration will be 3/15/2016. *Applications will continue to be accepted and forwarded on a weekly basis until the position is filled and closed 4/30/2016.*

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    1. The applicant must be a graduate of a CAPTE (Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education) accredited physical therapy program and hold a current license to practice physical therapy in a state in the United States of America. Work experience as an acute care and/or cardiopulmonary physical therapist is preferred but not required.
  1. A complete application must be received by the program director.

  2. Acceptance will be based on interest, ability, and aptitude for a career as a physical therapist in a cardiopulmonary setting. Desirable applicants include those who:

  • Completed a clinical experience which included cardiopulmonary physical therapy practice as part of the requirements for a degree in physical therapy under the direct supervision of a Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy.

  • Possess superior verbal and written communication skills.

  • Have experience in data collection, analysis, and publication.

  • Possess strong fundamentals in the principles of clinical reasoning and the application of examination and treatment procedures related to the practice of physical therapy.

  • Exhibit high standards of professional behavior.

  1. Residents will be selected by the Admissions Committee and their decision will be final. Superior candidates will be given an interview, which is conducted by one or more members of the admissions committee. Candidates are assessed in the areas of commitment, knowledge of the purpose of the program, interests (as outlined above), and attitude. Good candidates will possess qualities of flexibility, team building, leadership, professionalism and desire to learn.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

*Physical Requirements: *This position frequently requires moderate to heavy lifting. Normally such lifting will involve, but not be limited to assisting with transfers or gait training of the client in the physical therapy clinic. Part of this position will involve sedentary work involving computers and communications.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $46,949.00 to $46,949.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open Continuous until Candidates are selected.

Control Number: 425845200

Job Announcement Number: AD-16-LrF-1590841