The Health Science Specialist (Pedorthist) serves in the Prosthetics & Sensory Aids Service, Department o Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, located in Tulsa, OK. ***THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION*** Duties include, but may not be limited to the following: Serves as the subject matter expert in foot care to develop the foot orthotic and footwear treatment plan. Uses and performs basic maintenance Digital scanner, CAD CAM software, carver and mill. Designs custom and chooses materials for fabrication of foot orthoses and therapeutic footwear. Develops the foot orthotic and footwear treatment plan. Performs complex patient analyses in accordance with established procedures for patients with unusual foot conditions; Provides comprehensive assessment of patients with impairment of human movement or musculoskeletal abnormalities for treatment of the foot and ankle function as it relates to therapeutic footwear and orthotics. Takes measurements and casting impressions utilizing digital scanner or manual casting of the foot for orthopedic shoes, custom orthotics, develop therapeutic intervention and be competent in fitting and adjusting pedorthic devices. Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change. Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior. Works and communicates with clients and customers (e.g., any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit provides, including individuals who work in your agency or in other agencies or organizations outside the Government) to satisfy their expectations. Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Maintains basic understanding of shoe construction and how this applies to and affects use of orthotics in treatment plan. Utilizes a follow-up treatment plan that ensures successful pedorthics outcomes, patient health and quality of life which includes, but is not limited to reassessment of treatment objectives, modifications as indicated by reassessment, confirmation of patient education and documentation of functional changes Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized 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.