This position is located in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the Albany VA Medical Center. This position provides support to Chiropractic. The Chiropractor is supervised by the Chief of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy and is under the indirect supervision of the Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are licensed independent health care providers in VHA who provide examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions using non-pharmacologic and non-operative methods. A chiropractor typically completes four years of baccalaureate training and four years of chiropractic training. Residency training is one year beyond attainment of the chiropractic degree, and fellowship training is for one to two years beyond the completion of residency training. Chiropractors utilize standard medical evaluation procedures along with biomechanical assessment to establish a diagnosis and formulate a management plan. They consult with other health care providers and refer patients in accordance with accepted medical indications. Chiropractic treatment includes a number of options such as patient education, therapeutic exercise, lifestyle recommendations, and other interventions such as joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue therapies, and physical modalities. Chiropractors may also be trained and licensed to deliver a number of interventions currently classified as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies such as acupuncture, biologically based preparations, and mind body therapies. PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Administrative The chiropractor assists in the develops plans, coordinates, evaluates and integrates all program elements into a comprehensive chiropractic program 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. 2. 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. The Chiropractor 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: Full-Time, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.