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Frank Buczek
02-24-1998, 05:46 AM

The Shriners Hospitals for Children in Erie, Pennsylvania, is pleased to
announce an open position for a full-time, licensed Physical Therapist.
The position will involve a balance of clinical work in two areas of care
for pediatric patients.

The broader of the two areas involves work in a monthly Cerebral Palsy
Clinic, where a multidisciplinary approach is taken to coordinate
evaluation and follow-up care for special needs of this patient population
(musculoskeletal and developmental examination, neurodevelopmental therapy,
etc.). The Physical Therapist will be responsible for summarizing patient
care issues during Clinic conferences, for coordinating follow-up care for
Clinic patients, and as needed, for treating patients in the Physical
Therapy Department.

A more specific need involves work in a new Motion Analysis Laboratory,
where biomechanical evaluations are used to better understand movement
disorders. In this setting, the Physical Therapist will be an essential
part of a team, working closely with orthopedists, biomechanists, and
engineers. The therapist will need to perform musculoskeletal examinations
for the activities being studied (gait, reaching, sit-to-stand, posture,
etc.), and assist with data collection and interpretation. These latter
tasks involve instrumented motion analysis, surface and fine-wire EMG, and
computerized analysis of joint mechanics.

Desired qualifications will include a blend of clinical and technical
skills (not all are required for an application to be considered). These
include an undergraduate or Master's degree in Physical Therapy with
current or potential licensure in Pennsylvania; a Master's degree in
Biomechanics or related field; and certification in fine-wire EMG analyses.
Experience with a pediatric population is desired, and a strong background
in neurological treatment of Cerebral Palsy would be valuable. Experience
with instrumented gait analysis is desired, and an interest in general
Biomechanics of human movement will facilitate new protocol development.
Familiarity with calculus and vector algebra will be helpful.

Our orthopedic hospital will be undergoing extensive renovations through
the Spring of 1999, including expansion of the Physical Therapy Department
and the Motion Analysis Laboratory. The city of Erie is located in the
northwest corner of Pennsylvania, along the shores of Lake Erie, and is
adjacent to rolling, tree covered hills. Several universities and medical
centers offer collaboration locally, and metropolitan areas in Cleveland,
Pittsburgh, and Buffalo are within a comfortable two hour drive.

Please send your curriculum vitae and a brief statement of your interests
to Dr. Buczek at the address below. Electronic copies will be accepted
initially, but please also send originals through the mail. (EOE/m/f/v/h,
Shriners Hospitals for Children maintains a drug free workplace.)

Frank L. Buczek, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory
Shriners Hospital for Children
1645 West 8th Street
Erie, PA 16505, USA