Advertised Summary Job Description: We are currently seeking a physical therapist for a pediatric neuromuscular clinical research center at Columbia University. The therapist will provide clinical physical therapy evaluations and treatment and will work on clinical research studies. The responsibilities will also include providing private physical therapy and medical coordination for a child with spinal muscular atrophy for up to 10 hours per week.
The candidate should be highly motivated, have experience in pediatric neuromuscular disease including SMA, and have excellent clinical skills. The ideal candidate should also have experience as a clinical evaluator in pediatric neuromuscular clinical trials and a continued interest in academic research. We are looking for someone who can establish good rapport with children and bring creativity to treatments. The candidate should have good assessment skills and be well versed in use of evidence based practice. Good writing and communication skills are a must. Computer skills are required including proficiency with MS-Word, MS-Excel, Outlook, and MS-PowerPoint. This position requires a special individual who can perform well in both clinical practice and an academic research environment.
Responsibilities for Physical Therapist:
-Perform clinical evaluations of the pediatric neuromuscular population seen in our clinic. -Perform functional and impairment based evaluations. -Evaluate patients for rehabilitation, adaptive, and durable medical equipment needs and make recommendations for follow-up and community care. -Evaluate, prescribe, and measure patients for appropriate equipment. -Responsible for submitting for funding for necessary equipment from third party payers writing detailed letters of medical necessity and appeals as needed. -Work closely with regional vendors to provide prescribe and provide custom equipment.
Responsibilities for Clinical Evaluator/ Research Therapist:
-Clinical trial evaluation, spirometry testing, motor function testing, quantitative muscle testing and other clinical and research evaluations of neuromuscular patients. -Data collection and entry, scheduling and preparation for study visits -Monitoring adherence to regulatory requirements and good clinical practice -Assist the investigators in design, planning and implementation of new research projects -Assist in writing protocols -Assist in maintaining research files and interacting with monitors -Communicate with research teams at Columbia University and other institutions -Coordinate comprehensive multi-disciplinary care for patients with neuromuscular disease -Assist patients in their home care and equipment needs -Work with physicians to assess muscle strength and motor function as part of clinical evaluations.
Responsibilities for One-on-One Physical Therapy:
-Provide home based physical therapy treatment -Provide aqua therapy treatment sessions in the home -Monitor preventative respiratory therapy treatment plan -Provide therapy sessions during family vacations -Consult and problem-solve accessibility issues at school, home or community -Educate and train caregivers, and school/community personnel -Order and install adaptive equipment and assistive devices and train appropriate staff and caregivers or school personnel on use and safety -Accompany caregivers or parents to medical specialist appointments -Prepare and interpret medical/therapeutic documentation -Prepare and present quarterly report for team meetings at home, school or physician visit -Archive all medical reports and information
Other duties as assigned/required.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications: -At least 10 years of pediatric and juvenile experience preferred -Ability to work in teams, flexibility and a positive attitude -Significant experience with neuromuscular disease specifically SMA -At least 3 years of pediatric neuromuscular clinical evaluator experience preferred -Aqua therapy, school and home care experience a plus
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