Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Orthotist-Prosthetist in Baltimore, Maryland
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Baltimore, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (7 day(s) ago)
** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (13 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1824389
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?
NOTE TO APPLICANTS: YOUR CV or Resume MUST include: contact information; descriptions of jobs held, including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week, and supervisor's name and phone number; education, including name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned; other information such as possession of licenses, certificates, etc. Descriptions of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of experience.*Failure to include all the above information in your CV or Resume may result in an ineligible rating - REGARDLESS OF YOUR PRIOR REFERRAL FOR THE SAME OR SIMILAR POSITION.*
BALTIMORE VA MEDICAL CENTER 10 N. GREENE STREET BALTIMORE, MD 21201
Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans. As one of the most modern health care facilities in the country, the Baltimore VA Medical Center offers veterans state-of-the-art medical technology, clinical services and research programs. The medical center is home to the world's first filmless radiology department, which allows health care providers to have nearly instant access to patient radiology images from anywhere in the facility and throughout the health care system. The medical center's "patient friendly" design features plant-filled atriums, natural light from overhead skylights and comfortable patient rooms and waiting areas. The Baltimore VA Medical Center is located in a vibrant city neighborhood on the campus of the University of Maryland at Baltimore and is within walking distance of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T; Bank Stadium (home of the Baltimore Ravens), Lexington Market and the Inner Harbor.
Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA: 5. A premium benefits package 4. A fulfilling and challenging work environment 3. Work where you want to live 2. On-the-job growth and advancement 1. To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve
Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to http://www.va.gov/ for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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.
1- Application of prefabricated appliances such as, but not limited to, lumbosacral supports, prosthetic socks and sheaths, elbow and ankle supports, elastic support hose, hand, splints, soft knee braces, neck collars, abdominal binders, trusses, and non-custom in depth shoes. 2- Continuing care and periodic examination of the patient and the orthotic/prosthetic custom device to assess, fit, function and changing needs of the patient. 3- Incumbent will take measurements of body and limb segments appropriate to the item being fit, and select an off the shelf item, sized appropriately with appropriate model or design, to the patient. 4- Proper documentation of the patient record. 5- Certification at the practitioner level by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, pedorthist or orthotist/prosthetist is not required but is highly desirable at this level.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title/#: Orthotist/Prosthetist GS-0667-11 / 000000
- Occasional Travel
- traveling to the Amputee Clinic twice a month to Perry Point, once a month to the Cambridge Shoe Clinic and traveling to Loch Raven for artificial limbs/braces/shoes adjustments.
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Must possess a valid vehicle drivers license
- Basic Lifesaver Course certification from American Heart Association
BASIC REQUIREMENTS a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) b. Certification. Certification is not required as a basic requirement for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. c. English Language Proficiency. Orthotists, prosthetists, or orthotist/prosthetists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.
d. Experience. Applicants must have completed 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-09) which demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) at that level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. These include:
- Ability to attend clinics and participate as a member of the treatment team. This includes knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.
- Knowledge of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding.
- Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with complex but typical conditions.
Ability to take necessary measurements, casts, or scans to develop positive molds of the affected area of the body to create orthoses and/or prostheses.
Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices. This would include ability to use hand and power tools in the fabrication of the devices.
Grade Determination (GS-11) - In addition to the Basic Requirements, applicants must demonstrate the assignment specific KSAs associated with the GS-11 level or satisfy the education requirement.
a. Education. Three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in orthotics and/or prosthetics, provided the applicant's total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled.
OR, b. De*monstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities*
- Ability to attend clinics and participate as a fully participating member of the treatment team with considerable influence in the development of the treatment plan. This includes advanced knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.
- Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications, and to design unique or innovative devices to accommodate those conditions.
- Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather used in fabrication in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices considering new and emerging technologies. This would include ability to use hand and power tools and CAD/CAM systems in the fabrication of the devices.
- Knowledge of materials science in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices considering new and emerging technologies. This would include the ability to use CAD/CAM systems in the fabrication of the devices.
- Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications
c. Assignments. This is considered to be the full performance level. The orthotist/prosthetist communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers in various interdisciplinary clinical settings, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular care, podiatry, oncology, etc., as a subject matter expert to develop the orthotic and/or prosthetic treatment plan. The work includes complex patient analyses in accordance with established procedures for patients with unusual conditions, multiple complex conditions, interrelated conditions, etc.; assessment of the patient for indications/contra-indications and discussion the assessment with the physician/requesting provider for the purpose of developing the overall treatment plan with considerable influence in the development of that plan; consideration of 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. The orthotist/prosthetist at this level is expected to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.
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.
References:VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 MARCH 17, 2006 PART II APPENDIX G32 This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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:A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.
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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.
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.
This position is NOT suitable for telework.
This is a bargaining unit position.
Salary Range: $64,650.00 to $84,044.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0667-11/11
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and permanent Federal employees of the VA and other agencies
Control Number: 453246000
Job Announcement Number: H16-146-DB-1758278-BU-R1