The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service staff physiatrist reports to the Service Chief of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. Physiatrist routinely performs inpatient and outpatient musculoskeletal and neuromuscular examinations, electrodiagnostic testing, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound evaluations, perform peripheral joint and axial spine injections, determines diagnoses, and initiates treatments that emphasize restoration of function. The staff Physiatrist works with a team of health care providers to establish a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Different patient populations requiring comprehensive rehabilitation programs include those with cancer, amputations, spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, musculoskeletal (including acute and chronic pain conditions) and neuromuscular impairments requiring PMRs related measures and interventions. The cancer rehabilitation physiatrist will evaluate and manage cancer patients and develop a comprehensive rehabilitation plan to address needs. The physiatrist will also be part of an interdisciplinary cancer survivorship program. Additional responsibilities of the physiatrist in this position will include electrodiagnostic procedures and if possible interventional spine procedures. Training in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound would be desirable but not required. Reports to the Chief of PM&RS Service. In partnership with the Chief of PM&Rs service and PM&Rs Administrative officer, based on PMRs Service/PVAHCS needs and clinical training, staff physiatrist may be assigned to additional duties in PM&R EMG clinic, musculoskeletal rehab clinic, Power wheelchair clinic, Community Living Center (CLC) and inpatient consults to provide a continuum of rehabilitation services for the Phoenix VA Health Care system. Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Prescribes, coordinates, monitors and has the working knowledge of rehab activities of other Rehab Medicine Service therapy providers including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Kinesiotherapy, Recreational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Social Work, Psychology and Rehabilitation Nursing Care. Accessible and available to personnel in the PM&Rs Service/CLC PMRs rehab program for clinical oversight as needed. Responsible for integrating the core values and mission into the rehabilitation process. Assists the Chief of PM&R in the performance of the PM&Rs programs in the areas of: Resource Utilization. Accomplishment of local, VISN and national goals. Patient Safety. Participates in administrative and quality improvement activities. Assists administration and other staff in policy development and compliance with Joint Commission (JC), and other applicable local and national standards. The physiatrist serves on committees as assigned by the Chief of PM&Rs and Medical Center management. Collaborates with the Chief of PMRs, other staff physiatrists, therapy clinical manager, therapy section chiefs and PMRs administrative officer for: Access to care for people with activity limitations, hearing/speech limitations, and participation restrictions. Provision of care that demonstrates value for people with activity limitations, hearing/speech limitations, and participation restrictions. Removal of architectural, environmental, attitudinal, financial, communication, employment, transportation and other barriers to people with disabilities. Participates, oversees and collaborates to ensure that all applicable clinical functions and responsibilities as assigned by Chief PM&Rs to this position run efficiently. Provide timely and courteous service to all veterans seeking rehabilitative care and endure that results of tests are made easily available to the referring practitioners in a timely manner. Ensure coverage when necessary in other rehab clinical areas when requested by Chief of PMRs. Participates in strategic planning for the service. When requested by the Chief of PM&Rs Service, attends and provides input, as appropriate, to the PM&Rs management and other committees and councils, as needed. Attends regularly scheduled PM&Rs staff meetings and other clinical and administrative staff meetings as may be required or directed by the Chief of the PMRs Service. Promotes performance improvement measures within the PM&Rs Service. Primary responsibility will include oversight and appropriate care for amputee. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: No Compressed/Flexible: Department's Discretion Telework: Department's Discretion Virtual: No EDRP: No Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.