The Acupuncturist utilizes standard medical evaluation procedures and East Asian Medicine evaluation to formulate a differential diagnosis to develop an acupuncture treatment plan; incorporates the various training techniques taught within acupuncture practice, and applies safe and effective advanced acupuncture techniques. The Acupuncturist educates patients on healthy lifestyle changes including nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, and other matters related to acupuncture care. 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. English Language Proficiency. Candidates will not be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who are not proficient in written and spoken English. See Chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Education. Individual must meet one of the requirements below: Master's degree in acupuncture or oriental medicine from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). OR Advanced level degree in acupuncture or oriental medicine from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).Licensure. Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice acupuncture in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. OR Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign acupuncture programs meet the requirements for accredited program if they have a full unrestricted and current license to practice acupuncture in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Licensure. Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice acupuncture in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the United States, or District of Columbia. Certification. Acupuncturists hired in the VHA must be board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The board certification must be current and the acupuncturist must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education. Grade Determinations: Acupuncturist, GS-12 (Advanced Level) Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include but not limited to: reviewing and triaging acupuncture referrals referrals, analyzing medical histories and physical finding to formulate a diagnosis based on oriental and western medicine paradigms. monitoring the accuracy of needle placement during treatment, documenting patient care information including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, etc. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Skill and ability to perform safe and effective advanced acupuncture techniques. Knowledge of complex issues surrounding the delivery of care as it relates to acupuncture services, such as evidence based and cost effectiveness. Ability to apply and adapt acupuncture to new and changing programs. Knowledge of research strategies, methodologies and principles. Ability to problem solve issues surrounding delivery of acupuncture. References: VA Handbook 5005/100 February 7, 2018, Part II, Appendix G53 Physical Requirements: Sitting, standing, light lifting (up to 20 lbs.). Dynamically, assisting Veterans with Transfers from surface to surface, sitting to standing, standing to treatment tables/equipment ["Provide individualized acupuncture treatment. Educate patients on health lifestyle changes including nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, mind body techniques and other matters related to acupuncture care. Provide group acupuncture. The advance acupuncturist will provide group acupuncture as determined, as well develop group treatment programs inclusive of encounters that are face to face and virtual. Complete clinical notes in electronic health record system. Review referrals, screen for appropriateness of care, and direct Veterans to other services when necessary. Subject matter expert on acupuncture and East Asian Medicine services and will provide guidance when requested regarding purchased care Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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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.