The Gulf Coast is seeking a Orthotist-Prosthetist. This position will be located in Mobile, AL. The work requires specialized knowledge of the medical and psychological problems directly related to the use of prosthetic/orthotic devices and a specialized knowledge and understanding of the fabrication and satisfactory fitting of prosthetic devices. 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. Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign degree programs must have proof of a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in orthotics and prosthetics. 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. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education. Certification as a technician, pedorthist, assistant or fitter does not meet this requirement. English Language Proficiency. Orthotists, prosthetists, or orthotist/prosthetists must be proficient in spoken and written as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates Orthotist/Prosthetist GS-11 Experience. 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. 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 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. 3. Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications. References: VA Handbook 5005/91, Part II, Appendix G32 The full performance level of this vacancy is 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 5 to 11. Preferred Experience: One year of Orthotist-Prosthetist experience that includes: Performing biomechanical/bench alignment, formation of metal components and bench fabrication for prostheses and orthoses. Conducting detailed patient assessments to include gait analysis, range of motion, coordination and balance, and motor skills; interviews patients for lifestyle assessments; and can recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions. Physical Requirements: Work is sedentary but also demands standing, walking, bending, twisting, and carrying light items. Work Environment: Work is performed in an office/clinic setting with minimal risks that requires normal safety precautions; the area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. However, the work environment requires someone with the ability to handle several tasks at once in sometimes stressful situations. ["If you are a current permanent VA employees, federal employees from other federal agency, or current/past/upcoming VHA Health Professions Trainee (HPT) Graduate, should apply under CBST-12238859-24-DAY. Conducts detailed patient assessments to include gait analysis, range of motion, coordination and balance, and motor skills; interviews patients for lifestyle assessments; and can recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions. Contributes to the development of prescription criteria for prosthetic and orthotic devices and develops the final coding for all prosthetic limb and custom orthotic device prescriptions while in the clinic at the time of patient evaluation. Attends clinics and provides information on standard and stock items which are readily available. Contributes to the development of the treatment plan. Knowledgeable of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age-related competencies. The Prosthetist/Orthotist is knowledgeable with the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). Fits prefabricated braces and serves as the subject matter expert for these types of services/products. Fits fabricates, adjusts and repairs custom prostheses and orthoses through various methods and materials and measures and fits patients for prefabricated devices. Measures, casts and scans patients to develop positive molds of the affected area of the body to crate orthoses and/or prostheses. Prepares negative cast for scanning for the use of digitizer, CAD-CAM software, and carver, pouring of plaster/alginate, and shipping. Prepares the positive mold and performs scans, tracing, and impressions of body segments for lamination and/or metal, thermoplastic, thermosetting acrylic or epoxy resins, carbon, fiberglass, and nylon. Performs biomechanical/bench alignment, formation of metal components and bench fabrication for prostheses and orthoses. Follows all manufacturers' specifications related to patient safety, lab safety and component safety. Evaluates the final product as to the specifications, trim lines, contours, quality, pleasing cosmetic aesthetics and safety of the item. Submits, packs and ships necessary items as pertaining to the work. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 520-00649-F, 520-00650-F, 520-00651-F, 520-00652-F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is in the Excepted Service. Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) may be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. THIS OPEN & CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT (OCA) ESTABLISHES A STANDING REGISTER OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS, which closes on September 30, 2024. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be January 5, 2024 with subsequent reviews every 2 weeks as additional vacancies occur, or on an as-needed basis, until positions are filled. Please see the \"What To Expect Next\" area of the announcement which provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement."]
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