The Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) is the leading advocate for research and treatment of Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients with extremity trauma and amputation. The EACE leads efforts to enhance collaboration between the DoD and the VA extremity trauma and amputation care providers and conduct scientific research to minimize the effects of traumatic injuries and improve clinical outcomes (https://www.health.mil/About-MHS/OASDHA/HSPO/EACE). This research opportunity will be housed at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI), Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX.
The EACE Rehabilitation Research Fellow will primarily interface with the Senior Scientist for the CFI Military Performance Laboratory; a laboratory which conducts translational research to enable readiness and return Service Members to high function after extremity trauma (e.g. amputation and complex limb salvage) and will assist the Senior Scientist to define clinical outcomes data that demonstrate long term outcomes after patients with amputation or limb salvage. The candidate will collaborate with the clinical staff at the CFI to ensure consistent collection of appropriate outcome measures throughout a person’s rehabilitation, determine how to best collect and database these outcome measures for research, and mine the electronic health records to investigate the changes in clinical outcome measures over time with an emphasis on those that have undergone amputation and complex limb salvage.
The Military Performance Lab consists of the Gait and Motion Analysis Lab and the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN). The Gait and Motion Analysis Lab includes a 30-camera motion capture system (Motion Analysis Corp.) 8 force platforms embedded in tandem in a level ground walkway (AMTI, Inc.), an instrumented treadmill (Treadmetrix) with adjustable inclinations for inclined and declined locomotion, an instrumented 16-step staircase that can be converted into an adjustable inclining walkway (AMTI, Inc.), two terrain pits with either gravel or uneven grass terrains, and a 16-channel electromyography system (Motion Lab Systems, Inc.). Analysis software include Matlab, Visual3D, Microsoft Office, and SPSS statistical analysis software. All of these systems are integrated and synchronized to capture kinematic and kinetic data. The Gait and Motion Analysis Lab also has two digital video cameras (Panasonic) a K4b2 metabolic mobile testing system (Cosmed, Ltd.) and a TrueOne 240 metabolic testing system (ParvoMedics). The unique combination of an 18-meter level walkway, full flight of instrumented stairs, and an instrumented inclined walkway, enhances the ability to test patients while they are performing activities consistent with their high level of function. The Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) combines an instrumented treadmill mounted on a 6 degree of freedom motion platform within a 7-m diameter dome with a virtual environment projected 300° around the patient. The platform can translate ± 0.14m in the plane of the treadmill and translate ± 0.09m vertically. The platform can rotate ± 17º about the vertical. The CAREN is a versatile virtual reality system used for research and rehabilitation of human locomotion and balance after extremity injury.
This appointment is a 11-month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by EACE. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
- Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
- Relocation Allowance
- Training and Travel Allowance
Nature of Appointment
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Experience in the fields of rehabilitation, collection of clinical outcome measures, clinical rehabilitation background or related fields is required.
Proficiency databasing research data, IRB protocol design (or equivalent) is also required. Specific research background in the area of extremity trauma is highly desired. A track record of publication and excellent technical writing skills are preferred.
- Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Graduation from an accredited institution with a PhD in rehabilitation, or a related field within 6 months of a start date.
- Minimum Experience: 1-2 years of experience working with clinically relevant outcome measures used in rehabilitation research.
- Physical Capabilities: Long periods of standing, sitting, and walking.
- Work Environment: The work environment is that of a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation center in a DoD research hospital.
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
- Degree: Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 12/30/2021 12:00:00 AM