The Occupational Therapist (OT) is an integral part of a large comprehensive OT Service at the Minneapolis VAHCS. This position is located within the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation service. This position is located at complexity level 1a facility and provides specialty and complex care across diagnosis and populations. This occupational therapist must hold and maintain specialty AOTA Board Certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This position is assigned 25% clinical FTEE to Occupational Therapy and 75% research FTEE within the Minneapolis Adaptive Design & Engineering (MADE) Program. The incumbent is assigned to multiple programs and demonstrates fundamental functional knowledge of multiple medical conditions, varied from post-op orthopedics, hands, and to generalized weakness. For OT Vision rehabilitation, works in collaboration and under the guidance of neuro-ophthalmologists in providing OT vision services through guided treatment plans. The treatment is typically provided on a one to one basis and takes place within the Medical Center in person; community or telehealth as needed. Additional duties and responsibilities are consistent with usual OT clinic operations. Research: The ability to design experimental protocols for innovative research investigations independently and in collaboration with one or more Principal Investigators on one or more scientifically meritorious research projects. Works independently and with other Principal Investigators to encourage the initiation, development, and productivity of projects in Rehabilitation R&D Program by sharing concepts, providing training opportunities, guiding, and/or collaborating. Collaborates/consults with other research scientists who are either a part of the Minneapolis VA HCS or national VA health care system or are scientists from other academic or scientific institutions in formulating and conducting research projects related to his/her discipline. Plans experimental protocols which may include the development of new methodology, or new adaptations of existing, sophisticated rehabilitative medicine and occupational therapy techniques to meet project goals. Consults with and assists other research investigators in the integration of theoretical concepts and applied research methods. Advises and assists other researchers in the selection and application of appropriate rehabilitative and occupational therapy methods and statistical procedures on projects for which he/she has expertise. Devises innovative experimental protocols to test hypotheses in new, ongoing or proposed research investigations. Detects the need for a change in direction or experimental approach to improve the quality of results or achieve the objectives of the team effort. Knowledge of the scientific principles, theories and practices of occupational therapy and rehabilitative medicine specialty area sufficient to serve as a technical authority in applying experimental theories to problems not covered by accepted methods and extending approaches and precedents to critical or novel problems. Identifies new research and development areas in the Rehabilitative R&D Program area that could substantially contribute to achieving the goals and objectives for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation and Research Program. The incumbent has the responsibility for initiating and implementing these programs, which includes identifying relevant sources of funding and working with the individual scientists or engineers to secure needed funding. This requires that the incumbent be familiar with the overall scope of rehabilitation research and development as well as sources for funding projects. Participates in the scientific review and critique process of biomedical research protocols for the VA and non-VA agencies and offers constructive criticism for improving their scientific quality. Responds to requests from both VA and non-VA researchers, clinical staff and others for technical guidance and expert consultation in areas of study in which he/she is a recognized expert. Ability to independently author and co-author scientific findings for publication in refereed medical and/or scientific journals. Knowledge of review procedures, principles and mechanisms imposed on research proposals and manuscripts submitted for critical peer review. Prepares and submits scientific papers and research reports to refereed scientific journals and professional meetings, either independently or in collaboration with other disciplinary field researchers. Takes an active role in the dissemination of concepts, technology and devices. Performs the necessary background research, evaluates, interprets current research literature and formulates unique and complex research investigative studies in the fields of rehabilitative medicine and occupational therapy. Establishes and maintains professional relationships with appropriate faculty members and departments within the affiliated University of Minnesota and with the larger community of scientists and scholars. Attends (as supported) and participates at national and international scientific meetings appropriate to his/her discipline. Work Schedule: Administrative hours 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.