Who May Apply: Current, Permanent Army Medicine Employees – Orthotist GS-0667-9
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is located in the German State of Rhineland-Pfalz about 11 kilometers west of Kaiserslautern and five kilometers south of Ramstein Air Base. It is approximately 1.5 hours south of Frankfurt Airport by car. LRMC is a fully accredited health-care facility with 140 beds and neonatal bassinets. It also has 230 beds at its Medical Transient Detachment serving outpatients from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It operates nine outpatient clinics in the surrounding area. LRMC is located in USAG Rheinland-Pfalz. For information on the community, see the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz community page. Visit the LRMC homepage.
As the largest American hospital outside of the United States and the only U.S. Medical Center in Europe, it provides primary care, tertiary care, hospitalization and treatment for more than 245,000 U.S. military personnel and their families within the European command and is also the evacuation and treatment center for all injured U.S. Service Members and contractors as well as members of 44 coalition forces serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa Command, Central Command, European Command and Pacific Command. With a staff composed of more than 2,000 military and civilians, LRMC has approximately 150 physicians, 250 nurses and 40 Medical Service Corps officers.
Performs duties under the general supervision of the Service Chief, who defines overall objectives. The employee and the supervisor discuss and develop deadlines, projects, and work to be performed. Works independently in close coordination with all orthopedic surgeons in the European Command. Completed work is reviewed for overall compatibility with other work, feasibility and conformance to acceptable medical standards. Performance is measured by knowledge of and application of all techniques of orthotics, finished devices, and patient response to applied device.
Plans, designs, fabricates, adjusts, manipulates, and fits orthotic devices for complex spine, lower extremity and difficult cerebral palsy patients, both adult and children. Most of these devices are not standard and require extensive research and application of experience to design. The work requires a thorough knowledge of anatomy, physiology, body mechanics and materials, and the use of specialized tools and equipment. Orthotic devices for children must be continually monitored and adjusted to accommodate growth and disease induced changes. Is responsible for quality control of all orthotic devices fabricated in the orthotic and prosthetic laboratory, to include choice of material, fabrication techniques, and adaptability to each specific case.
Works closely with orthopedic surgeons involved, examines completed brace devices and the patient to determine if orthotic device fulfills the physician's prescription and the patient's needs. Incumbent often exercises the authority to change, correct and design orthotic devices without physician consultation, within the limits of the prescription.
Discusses cases with orthopedic surgeons, working with them to devise means by which best patient results may be obtained. Examines worn devices that are: made locally or in other Brace Shops to correct normal wear, strain or causes of patient discomfort. Instructs patients and parents of children patients in the proper application and wearing of the prescribed devices. When problems of malfunction or discomfort arise, consults with physicians and therapists to determine cause(s) and makes indicated correction(s).
Is directly responsible for all orthotic research and development projects in cooperation with orthopedic surgeons. Maintains records/documentation of the value and effectiveness of new devices. Periodically reviews the progress of each patient in research and development projects with prescribing orthopedist. Implements new techniques and introduces new materials for better patient care. Tests these on patients to determine their value and effectiveness, then instructs other Brace Shop staff in these new techniques and materials, and gives orientation to new orthopedic surgeons. Obtains consent from patients for use of experimental devices if required.
Oversees the process of ordering supplies and equipment for the laboratory. Insures that expenditures remain within budget guidance. Reviews and updates safety procedures and standard published procedures to meet OSHA and JCAHO standards. Insures compliance with all standards. Maintains security control over supplies, equipment, and the physical area to include hand receipt and key control.
Participates in acquiring new personnel. Coordinates with administrative personnel and departments outside of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Service to accomplish required duties, including Department of Surgery, Logistics Division, clinical Support Division, Information management Division, Resource management Division, Contracting, and others as appropriate. Insures that patient care environment is comfortable, safe and courteous. Maintains access to the facility.
(This is a 3 year assignment)
ABOUT THE POSITION:
Must be able to satisfy the requirements of the 26JUL12 DODI 1400.25 V1230, DoD Civilian Personnel Management System: Employment in Foreign Areas and Employee Return Rights. Visit http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140025v1230.pdf.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:
The U.S. Army Medical Command does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.