Incumbent serves as an acupuncturist at the VA Western Colorado Health Care System (VA WCHCS), located in Grand Junction, Colorado. The acupuncturist advises and assists the Associate Director of Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) in the matters related to acupuncture care. The incumbent delivers acupuncture care, a component of the CIH clinical program, as part of a strategic effort to advance VHAs cultural transformation to a "Patient Centered Care and a Whole Health" model of care. Duties include but are not limited to: Provide individualized acupuncture treatment Utilize standard medical evaluation procedures and East Asian Medicine evaluation to formulate a differential diagnosis to develop an acupuncture treatment plan Incorporate the various training techniques taught within East Asian Medicine and acupuncture and may apply safe and effective advanced acupuncture techniques 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 as determined, including auricular or Battlefield acupuncture Document, and code information related to patient care in the VA's electronic health care record on a timely basis following VHA policies iMed consent shall be completed prior to acupuncture treatment where any needling procedure occurs Communicate with other health care providers as appropriate Maintain trainings and attend required meetings Review referrals, screen for appropriateness of care, and direct Veterans to other services when necessary Provide guidance when requested regarding purchased care Problem solve issues in the delivery of acupuncture Participate in teaching principles of acupuncture to staff, students and residents including journal clubs, grand rounds and in-service trainings Provides assistance as needed for issues or problems that arise in relation to the acupuncture practice and serves as a preceptor to new staff or less experienced staff and students Serve as an advisor to leadership on issues pertaining to acupuncture May participate in clinical research projects Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 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.