The chiropractor assists in the develops plans, coordinates, evaluates and integrates all program elements into a comprehensive clinical program, including chiropractic and acupuncture for the VA facility. The chiropractor assists in the development and/or updates and implements appropriate policies, procedures, plans, and service agreements that guide and support the chiropractic program. He/she develops and implements an educational plan to meet challenges of the program for self and others. He/she mentors assigned support staff to promote staff development and organizational training. The chiropractor coordinates and establishes and maintains professional relationships with other interdisciplinary services and collaborates with establishing service level agreements affecting the patient Chiropractic referral process. He/she actively participates in various multidisciplinary facility programs and committees as assigned. He/she performs other duties as assigned that are relevant and within his/her competencies. Clinical The chiropractor provides evidence-based, patient-centered diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders in inpatient and outpatient veterans consistent with his/her training and privileges that includes both chiropractic services and acupuncture services. He/she has clinical responsibilities that include interpreting clinically applicable diagnostic studies that evaluate a patient's musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. He/she will complete encounters, closeout chiropractic consults and assure that CPRS documentation is also completed in timely manner following facility policy and procedures. He/she exhibits leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and research study findings. Keeping update on Chiropractic treatment developments in the management and treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal and/or neuromusculoskeletal problems through both, informal and formal continuing education. He/she performs other duties as assigned that are within his/her training and privileges. Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Conditions of Employment
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Designated and/or random drug testing required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 Must be proficient in written and spoken English You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to a background/security investigation Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Must pass pre-employment physical examination
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/02/2019.
Basic Requirements : Citizenship. Citizen of the United States Education . 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, or 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. Doctor of Chiropractic. 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. English Language Proficiency . Doctors of chiropractic appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English
Quality Ranking Factor: Must have advanced training in acupuncture and a state license that allows practice of acupuncture in the scope of practice
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. 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. Senior Grade. The Senior grade is restricted to selected leadership positions. The individual's qualifications, as well as the scope and complexity of the assignment, are considered. A doctor of chiropractic at the Senior grade meets the requirements for Intermediate grade and the requirements in subparagraphs 3d(1) and (2):1. The doctor of chiropractic at this grade will meet one or more of the following:a. Possesses such academic stature as would warrant a faculty appointment of a professorial level (i.e., full professor) in a school or college of chiropractic or other appropriate affiliated school or college. b. Awarded Diplomate status by a specialty board recognized by the American Chiropractic Association, the International Chiropractors' Association, or the American Board of Chiropractic Specialties and is currently in good standing with the specialty board. 2. Demonstrates superior professional attainment. Examples of such attainment are:a. Serves as a team leader in addressing major chiropractic problems affecting the continued provision of quality care health services at a Veterans Integrated Service Network or national level. The recommendations and conclusions of the doctor of chiropractic are highly regarded.b. Assumed responsibility for carrying out a major chiropractic program segment on a national level.c. Conducts research in a difficult area of major scientific interest that has contributed to a substantial advance in the chiropractic health field with important professional publications. Chief Grade. The Chief grade is restricted to selected leadership positions. The Individual's qualifications, as well as the scope and complexity of the assignment, are considered.A doctor of chiropractic at the Chief grade meets the requirements for Senior grade and must demonstrate a sustained very high level of professional performance with evidence of the exceptional professional and/or administrative development in subparagraphs 3e(1) and (2):1. Has assumed substantial professional and/or administrative responsibilities in which the individual is expected to fully advise and make professional clinical and educational recommendations as to courses of action on problems and considerations of national scope. The doctor of chiropractic at this level has responsibility for a major chiropractic program segment on a nationwide basis and is consistently called upon to represent the organization in an authoritative manner in matters dealing with development of new and/or revised concepts and programs having a major impact upon the academic, medical, and chiropractic communities. 2. Demonstrated outstanding professional attainment. Examples: a. Achievement of outstanding results in research that is regarded as having a major impact on advancing the field. b. Significant number of noteworthy publications in nationally recognized professional journals.
References: VA Handbook 5005/7 Part II Appendix G16
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