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Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist - Prosthetics and Orthotics, Full-time in Chicago, IL at Shirley Ryan Abilitylab

Date Posted: 10/25/2018

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Job Description

General Summary

The Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist will provide care to patients with partial or total loss of limb by fitting and making artificial limbs known as prostheses, under the direction of and in consultation with a physician. Also provides care to patients with disabling conditions of limbs and spine by fitting and preparing devices known as orthoses, under the direction of and in consultation with a physician.

The Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist will consistently demonstrate support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab statement of Vision, Mission and Core Values by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute.

The Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist will demonstrate Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and Core Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.

Principal Responsibilities



The Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist will:

  1. Responsible for providing patient care through the following:
    • Examines and evaluates patients' prosthetic and orthotic needs in relation to disease entity and functional loss.
    • Demonstrates competency in understanding the growth and development of infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients as measured by specific performance standards and as described by department/unit policies and procedures. Demonstrates the ability to interpret growth and development related information to assure patient needs are met.
    • Measures and makes any needed casts.
    • Formulates design of prostheses or orthoses including selecting materials, making case measurements and designing model modifications and layouts.
    • Performs fittings, including static and dynamic alignments, of devices and makes necessary alterations.
    • Evaluates prosthesis or orthosis on patient and makes adjustments to assure fit, function, cosmesis and quality of work.
    • Instructs patients and family in prosthesis or orthoses use and care.
    • Evaluates patient progress and maintains patient records and progress notes.
    • Answers patient calls efficiently and effectively resolves patient problems or concerns.
    • Services patient needs across the SRAlab continuum of care and its locations, including outpatient sites, day rehabilitation sites, inpatient units, and on-call as necessary or required by the department.
  2. Oversees, monitors, and assists technicians and residents in activities related to the development of prosthesis and orthoses.
  3. Participates in and supports the instruction of orthotic/prosthetic residents as they complete required elements and/or as need by the residency program.
  4. Presents continuing education programs regarding prosthetics and orthotics evaluation and fabrication to health care professionals.
  5. Assists in training, scheduling, and effective utilization of all clinical staff at SRAlab.
  6. Monitors inventory of all required departmental supplies.
  7. Monitors quality control, OSHA, ABC, and Joint Commission compliance related to all facets of patient care in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.
  8. Keeps director abreast of issues related to patient care and operational problems, recommending options for resolution.
  9. Performs all other duties that may be assigned in the best interest of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Reporting Relationships

  1. Reports directly to the Clinical Operations Manager, Prosthetics & Orthotics.

Job Requirements

  1. Work requires the level of knowledge normally acquired by completing an Associate of Arts program and formal training in Prosthetics from an accredited school in Orthotic and Prosthetic Education.
  2. Must be a Certified Prosthetist (or board eligible) and a Certified Orthotist (or board eligible) by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc.
  3. Possess or obtain an active IL license as a certified prosthetists and a certified Orthotist.
  4. Two or more years of clinical experience in all aspects of Prosthetic and Orthotic rehabilitation at all levels of functional loss, disease processes, and/or amputations, including the fabrication of prostheses and orthoses.
  5. One or more years of clinical experience in administering evaluations and fabricating equipment.
  6. Analytical ability is required to gather information from patient evaluations and recommend solutions to technical and administrative problems.
  7. Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with patients and staff at all levels.
  8. Ability to move casts.
  9. Refined computer skills and/or familiarity with electronic medical records. Specifically minimum proficiency with MS Office products (i.e. Outlook, Excel, etc.) and adequate typing skills.

Working Conditions

  1. Normal office environment with little or no exposure to dust or extreme temperature.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

SRAlab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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