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lmichener85
04-12-2011, 01:57 PM
Musculoskeletal Pain in Polytrauma Mechanisms and Outcomes
Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Richmond Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC)

Applications are invited for a 2 year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for a candidate interested in collaborative work on mechanisms and outcomes of shoulder and spine pathology in a subset of Veterans with Polytrauma induced musculoskeletal connective tissue injuries. This Post-Doctoral Fellowship is sponsored by the Department of Veteran Affairs Richmond Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). Mechanisms of shoulder and spine musculoskeletal pain will be examined using biomechanical techniques, to include kinematic, electromyographic and ultrasonographic changes of the shoulder and spine, shoulder girdle muscles, and joint capsule/ligament structures in patients who have sustained trauma or developed shoulder/spine pain syndromes. The impact of the polytrauma pathology on health-related quality of life and functional recovery as well as the effects of non-surgical treatments will be examined using patient-rated and performance-based outcome measures.
Biomechanical measurements using motion analysis equipment will be made available from the Clinical Biomechanics, Orthopedic and Sports Outcomes Research (COOR) laboratory in the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Physical Therapy Department (http://www.sahp.vcu.edu/pt/research/labs/coor.html) directed by Dr. Lori Michener. The fellow will also have access to two ultrasound scanners available in the Richmond VAMC PM&R section and one scanner available in the VCU Physical Therapy COOR laboratory together with portable biomechanical testing equipment for use in the Interventional Pain and Rehabilitation Medicine Service (RMS) clinics at the Richmond VAMC. Web-based and scannable pencil and paper patient-rated outcomes will be used for outcome measurements. The VAMC Interventional Pain clinic is directed by Dr. David Drake, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Mentors for the post-doctoral fellowship are David Drake, MD and Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC. The VAMC PM&R department is closely linked with the VCU Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department in education and research missions (http://www.pmr.vcu.edu/clinical/vamc.aspx).

Candidates should be a licensed health professional with clinical experience, and a PhD or equivalent in biomechanics, physiology, or related field. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. The preferred start date for this position is 1 July 2011. Applications will be reviewed when received; final deadline for application is 16 May 2011. Fellowship salary is $41,665.00 and includes VA benefits. If interested, please send CV and a brief statement of interest to David Drake, MD at David.Drake4@va.gov and Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC at lamichen@vcu.edu.