• Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
  • Arkansas, USA
  • Sep 14, 2021
Full Time Associate

Job Description

Summary The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) is a teaching facility accredited by different agencies with various independent Research Programs. Through partnerships with local facilities, approved residency training is offered in various medical specialties and subspecialties of which many are represented by board certified physicians. Responsibilities The Whole Health Chiropractor provides examination, diagnosis, treatment, and management of non-operative musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Chiropractors are licensed independent providers who work as part of VA interdisciplinary teams including physical medicine and rehabilitation, primary care, pain management, other relevant medical and surgical specialties, and other relevant associated health disciplines. The Whole Health Chiropractic Physician will work collaboratively with various other therapeutic modalities throughout the Whole Health Program which aligns under Primary Care Services at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO). These modalities may include, but are not limited to, acupuncture, physical therapy, massage therapy, yoga, and tai chi. Functions of Assigned Duties: (Major Duties) In addition to observance of Federal national and local regulatory, policy, and accreditation requirements governing VHSO, this position encompasses the following examples of responsibilities: A. Clinical Duties : The exact privileges and procedures for a particular provider will be approved by the Professional Standards Board. All chiropractors must provide the following: 1. Patient Care: Chiropractors are expected to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and care at the end of life. 2. Medical/Clinical Knowledge: Chiropractors are expected to demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and social sciences, and the application of their knowledge to patient care and the education of others. 3. Clinical Judgment: To ensure practice-based learning and improvement, chiropractors are expected to be able to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care. 4. Interpersonal & Communication Skills: Chiropractors are expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, and other members of the health care team. 5. Professionalism: Chiropractors are expected to demonstrate behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, and understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients, their profession. 6. Systems-Based Practice: Chiropractors are expected to demonstrate both an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided, and the ability to apply this knowledge to improve optimizing health care. B. Education 1. Chiropractors are expected to show effectiveness in teaching, monitor and coordinate educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision. He/She is involved in implementing a Chiropractic Training Program through the Whole Health Program. C. Supervision 1. The incumbent reports to the Whole Health Program Clinical Director. 2. The incumbent follows established organizational structure and guidelines, assists in program planning and staff development across a variety of clinical settings for implementation systems, and can apply that knowledge as dictated by the exigencies of daily business. 3. Assures that all Program policies and procedures comply with VHA regulations, Central Office directives, VISN guidelines, Hospital policy, Union Master Agreement, professional guidelines, and all accrediting and regulatory agencies. 4. He/she will implement procedures so that the minimum structural and process requirements stipulated by VACO for the Whole Health Program are satisfied. 5. He/she will be active in research activities related to the program development and evaluation processes and collaboration with the research assistant. The areas of research are typically of considerable scope and complexity and require novel approaches and which result in answers to important questions or important changes in existing methods and techniques. 6. He/she will ensure proper coordination between the delivery of the Whole Health Program services and the overall delivery of healthcare. 7. Provides subject matter expertise in the implementation of the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC & CT); Complementary & Integrative Health (CIH); Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM); and VISN initiatives related to Whole Health. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telework: Not Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Education Debt Repayment Program Eligible: No Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Discloser Report: Not required. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: A degree of doctor of chiropractic, or its equivalent, resulting from a course of education in chiropractic. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools or colleges approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:(1) United States Schools or colleges of chiropractic listed as accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education, at or an equivalent agency, in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed.(2) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure. Licensure or Registration: (1) Doctor of Chiropractic (Except Residents). Current, full and unrestricted license to practice chiropractic in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The facility Director may waive this requirement if the doctor of chiropractic is to serve in a country other than the United States and the doctor of chiropractic has licensure in that country. (2) Residents. Licensure in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before completion of the first year of a VA residency. Unlicensed residents must meet any registration or other equivalent requirements established for chiropractic residents of non-VA facilities or chiropractic clinics with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes during the first year of VA residency. English Language Proficiency: Doctors of chiropractic appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: Exceptional customer service skills. Knowledge of Whole Health preferred. Knowledge and training in delivery of other Complimentary Integrative Health services/approaches. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates. IMPORTANT NOTE: This position is for selection at the grade 13 (Intermediate) only. Associate Grade. None beyond the basic requirements. Full Grade. Two years of full-time chiropractic practice or its equivalent. One year of full-time post-graduate residency specialty training from a chiropractic school or college accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education, or equivalent agency approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs is acceptable in lieu of the 2 years of practice. Candidate must have demonstrated the professional competence and performance necessary to provide independently the full range of clinical diagnosis and chiropractic treatment for the most prevalent neuro-musculoskeletal conditions including subluxation complex. Intermediate Grade. A doctor of chiropractic at the Intermediate grade meets the requirements for Full grade and the requirements in subparagraphs 3c(1) and (2): (1) A total of 4 years of chiropractic practice or its equivalent. Acceptable in lieu of 4 years of practice is completion of a 3-year full-time post-graduate residency program from an accredited U.S. chiropractic college, as evidenced by documentation of completion (e.g., transcript), which renders the doctor of chiropractic eligible for certification by a specialty board recognized by the American Chiropractic Association, the International Chiropractors' Association, or the American Board of Chiropractic Specialties to obtain Diplomate status. (2) Demonstrates a high level of professional attainment. Examples of such attainment are: (a) Is a recognized expert in dealing with a variety of unusually difficult chiropractic cases which are referred by other facilities for resolution and recommended courses of action to provide for maximum rehabilitation. Typically, in this capacity serves as a consultant to doctors of chiropractic or other professionals in other health care facilities. (b) Has assumed responsibility for a multi-faceted chiropractic program including clinical research and/or training requiring a high degree of competence and skill in developing innovative, new and advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques. Typically, the program is in an educationally affiliated health care facility having a chiropractic training program of moderate scope involving liaison with other medical services and affiliated schools. (c) Played a significant part in the conduct of research in a problem area of considerable scope and complexity that required novel approaches and which resulted in answers to important questions or important changes in existing methods and techniques. Publications authored by the doctor of chiropractic are of considerable value to others in the individual's field. Typically, overall contributions are recognized by serving on important committees or other bodies in the profession. (d) Has full responsibility for carrying out a chiropractic training program of significant size in which the doctor of chiropractic is responsible for maintaining liaison with the affiliated school and other educational institutions and professional or scientific organizations. The individual has displayed innovative approaches in development of curriculum and course content and in expanding and improving the educational program. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G16 Physical Requirements: VA Directive and Handbook 5019, applicants must be able to perform the duties as a Physician. Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs), light carrying (under 15 lbs), pushing, use of fingers, both hands required, standing, repeated bending, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability, ability to hear conversational voice (aid permitted), working closely with others. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. For further information, visit: Additional Information Testing Designated Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. 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