Classification/FLSA Status: Exempt – Faculty Position
Primary Function: Health Center Case Doctors practice and supervise the provision of chiropractic care to patients in the college’s chiropractic health center in accordance with the Doctor of Chiropractic’s responsibilities with a focus on the analysis and adjustment of vertebral subluxation and required competency standards.
Practice, model and teach direct contact chiropractic health care as a Doctor of Chiropractic for patients of all ages demonstrating caring, compassionate and ethical behavior. Provide student interns with an effective, guided clinical education experience monitoring and enforcing all professional, ethical and legal requirements inherent in the responsibilities of a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and holding themselves and interns accountable to required professional, accreditation and behavioral standards including:
· history and follow-up to chief complaint, new complaints, existing issues and developing issues
· physical and NMS examination and ongoing reexamination
· diagnostic studies as needed
· differentials/diagnosis and updates
· case management/follow-up and review (including information technology and health promotion and wellness)
· plan of care including healthcare goals and prognosis
· report of findings, ongoing patient education
· referral and co-management (Inter-Professional teamwork)
· adjustment/treatment/outcomes assessment
· patient release
· communication and record keeping
· ethics and integrity including HIPAA and FERPA compliance)
Contribute to the development of the student’s knowledge skills, attitudes and competence in the location, analysis and correction of the vertebral subluxation
Assist with the development and implementation of clinical education and patient care procedures that inform and advance quality assurance practices to ensure patient care and student performance exceeds competency standards for state licensing, NBCE exams, accreditation and college outcomes.
Keep abreast of the latest clinical evidence, research, literature and techniques to support clinical education and improved patient outcomes
Rigorously assess intern competency and case performance in order to prepare competent doctors of chiropractic. Assessment includes on-going written and verbal constructive feedback (and remediation as needed) and documented follow-up to ensure improved performance is demonstrated
Collaborate with the department of teaching and learning to foster enhancements in teaching methodologies and student learning
Keep abreast of current events, trends, research, literature within the subject matter of the courses he/she is assigned to teach
Exhibit and role-model a communication style that projects a professional image and enhances the doctor-patient and doctor-intern relationships including FERPA compliance
Maintain accurate and thorough patient records that provide a comprehensive information base and organized, legible documentation that is easily retrieved for the qualitative assessment of patient care, intern learning and effective risk management including HIPAA compliance
Conduct and/or supervise initial patient evaluations and subsequent re-evaluations in order to develop the most appropriate plans of care for each case and to closely monitor patient progress with the intern
Ensure that re-evaluation of individual patients is performed on an appropriate schedule in order to monitor patient progress
Ensure that all required quality assurance measures are followed
Recognize and document and follow-up on contraindications and potential complications of patient care procedures and/or co-management issues
Instruct and demonstrate effective oral and written communication of recommended chiropractic care, co-management and referrals that may be indicated
Role-model the importance of and effective delivery of the report of findings and on-going patient education
Supervise, provide and assist with the administration of patient adjustments
Document x-ray diagnoses and or other diagnostic study diagnoses
Grade and audit patient records
Participate as an examiner, proctor or exam materials writer for the Clinic Entrance Exam and/or the Clinical Proficiency Examination (Exit Exam) as required
Report violations of the health center policies according to established protocol
Assist in providing a fully stocked, clean health center and to report equipment malfunctions as required
Meet faculty responsibilities as outlined in the Faculty Handbook
B. Professional Development/Scholarship
Participate in activities that enhance individual, personal and professional growth
Acquire new skills for program enhancement and development. For example, gain certification in chiropractic technique, diplomat status/specialty or some other aspect of clinical care/teaching
Set annual professional goals that will contribute to the attainment of college goals and objectives
Submit, to the dean of clinical sciences annual assessment reports detailing his/her activities relative to meeting health center goals and objectives
Actively engage in the continuous improvement of teaching and learning through teaching and learning scholarship, teaching innovation, collaboration and peer review (see faculty handbook for Research and Scholarly Activity Expectation)
Utilize individual and college-wide outcomes information for the ongoing development of his/her professional effectiveness and for the ongoing development of the effectiveness of the Doctor of Chiropractic Educational program
Modify teaching style based on assessment results and professional development experiences. Document modifications based on assessment results
Maintain certificates and/or licenses necessary for employment eligibility
Post and maintain student office hours
Provide coverage for his/her responsibilities during foreseen absences
C. Service to the College
Demonstrate responsibility for shared governance of the college by providing active participation and contribution to the Faculty Senate and on college committees
Serve as a faculty mentor to assigned students and faculty members
Lend enthusiastic support to college and health center policies and to fellow faculty doctors, particularly in the presence of interns and support personnel
Assist health center support personnel in the smooth operation of the health center
Participate in the evaluative process for self, department and program
Attend commencement exercises, Intern Pinning Ceremony, faculty meetings, committee meetings and the annual Lyceum and IRAPS as required.
Assume any other duties that may be assigned by the dean of clinical sciences.
Essential Knowledge and Skills:
1. A desire to share the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic and the responsibilities of a Doctor of Chiropractic with future Doctors of Chiropractic
2. Doctor of Chiropractic degree
3. A current South Carolina chiropractic license
4. At least three years full-time chiropractic practice and/or teaching experience
5. Strong organizational, supervisory and communication skills
6. Excellent written and oral communication skills
7. Ability to be assertive and enforce health center policies and procedures
8. Current certification in Basic Life Support
9. Computer skills: MS Office
Workload Expectations, Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Case Doctor Workload Expectations:
Recognizing the greater interaction of health center case doctors with interns and patients, the college has established a minimum forty-hour work week for this position. The Dean of Clinical sciences will establish actual work hours. During college breaks case doctors will only be expected to work as assigned based on health center hours and amount of needed coverage.
A minimum of one hour per day is to be set-aside for office hours, when students can be sure that the case doctor is in his/her office and is available for consultation in addition to classroom and Health Center hours. The case doctor is also to be available when needed for school business.
See current Faculty Handbook for sick leave, personal leave, jury duty, Family Medical Leave Act and additional benefits.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk, stand/sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment: While performing the duties of this job the employee works in a controlled work environment and the noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
General sign-off: The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to policies.