Veterans’ neurology care and epilepsy research at the American Epilepsy Society’s 2018 meeting
VA healthcare professionals pioneer Veterans’ care
VA Careers was at the 2018 American Epilepsy Society (AES) meeting in New Orleans answering questions about working at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and learning about the latest in Veterans’ neurology and epilepsy care from researchers representing the VA National Epilepsy Centers of Excellence that spoke at the event.
VA Careers encouraged 2018 attendees to stop by their booth at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to learn more about VA healthcare careers from Sam Wainscott, a recruiter from the VA National Healthcare Recruiting Service.
“Sam is at the AES 2018 meeting to share information with healthcare professionals interested in working as physicians, fellows and leaders and serving Veterans who are living with epilepsy and other seizure disorders,” said Darren Sherrard, associate director of recruitment marketing.
Specifically, Sam is interested in meeting leaders in the field of epilepsy who may be interested in becoming the director of VA’s National Epilepsy Center of Excellence. This physician must have a documented track record of successful leadership, research and academic accomplishments.
The American Epilepsy Society is one of the oldest neurological professional organizations in the country. The Society seeks to promote interdisciplinary communications, scientific investigation and exchange of clinical information about epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
VA Careers is handing out information to healthcare professionals interested in epileptic neurology careers at VA, which are making a lasting impact on Veterans’ health and the field of epileptology.
“VA career professionals are doing important work in this field, including on the relationship between traumatic brain injury and onset of epilepsy,” Sherrard said. “We encourage attendees interested in a VA career path to visit Booth #T-31 to share their contact information and resumes with Sam, who can also answer questions about available positions through VA Epilepsy National Centers of Excellence.”
Clinicians and scientists from the VA National Epilepsy Centers of Excellence also presented findings on the use of electronic health records to evaluate comorbidities that may affect behavior and treatment in patients with epilepsy. Use of the electronic health record to research, innovate and coordinate treatment is a cornerstone of the VA mission to modernize and improve healthcare for Veterans.
Dr. Hamada Hamid Altalib, co-director of the VA National Epilepsy Centers for Excellence, addressed two AES sessions:
*Cognitive and Behavioral Treatment Special Interest Group – Integrating Behavioral Health into Epilepsy Care: Addressing Barriers.
*Interprofessional Care Symposium – Ethical Considerations that Impact Professionals Caring for the Patient with Epilepsy.
In addition to joining a staff committed to epilepsy research and treatment innovation, healthcare providers at VA are eligible for a wide array of benefits, including medical and dental insurance and generous leave policies. Employees also have access to the federal retirement system.
Depending on open positions, VA providers can work anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and Guam with one active license. In addition, benefits transition with professionals who move to a new facility. There are also mobile telework options, transportation support and, in some cases, child care subsidies.
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