Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Orthotist-Prosthetist in Indianapolis, Indiana
The orthotist/prosthetist interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers in various clinical settings: rehabilitation Medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular care, podiatry, oncology, etc. The work includes complex patient analysis; assessment for indications/contra-indications to be discussed with the physician/provider to develop a treatment plan; consideration of new technology in designing devices to treat a wide range of complex conditions.
Conditions of Employment
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements of this announcement. 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: (1) A bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program. OR, (2) A bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program. Board Certification: Candidates must be board certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English Grade Determinations: GS-11, Completion of 1 year of experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. 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. 2. Ability to conduct clinical patient analysis 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. 3. Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications. References: Qualification standards are found in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G32, Orthotist/Prosthetist Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is an 11. Physical Requirements: Use of both hands, walking, standing, bending and moderate lifting 15-44 pounds, moderate carrying 15-44 pounds, pushing 1-2 hours. Preferred Experience: Experience includes designing custom devices using standard components to optimize patient performance for typical conditions. Experience also includes, providing information on stock items which are readily available, identification of the biomechanical condition; explaining procedures to patients to reduce anxiety and gain support and cooperation; detailed patient assessment including conducting gait analysis, range of motion, coordination and balance, and motor skills; interviewing patients for lifestyle assessments; taking necessary measurements, casts, or scans to develop positive molds; recognizing physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions; fabricating, fitting, and evaluating these custom devices; and maintenance of the patient's record. The work may include use of Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems. References: Qualification standards are found in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G32, Orthotist/Prosthetist Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.