Specialist – Outreach-Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Specialist – Outreach-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Position Summary

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Headache & Facial Pain Division (HFPD) within the Department of Neurology's mission is to advance knowledge and positively transform lives. We will accomplish this by: 

  • Providing the highest quality patient-centered headache medicine care in a culture of compassion and respect for patients, families, and colleagues. 
  • Contributing to MSU’s commitment to educating exemplary physicians and scholars, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing service at home and abroad.
  • Enhancing our communities by providing outstanding headache specialty care, promoting the dignity and inclusion of all people, and responding to the needs of the medically underserved.   

Our HFPD team members provide exceptional care to patients with headache disorders, have given educational lectures on local to international platforms, have published in top tier journals, serve in national organizations and committees, conduct clinical research and so much more. We are currently seeking an outstanding and motivated Advance Practice Provider (APP) with a positive mental attitude and strong desire for continuing education to join our amazing team. 

The Headache Medicine APP: Nurse Practitioner (NP)/Physician Assistant (PA) will 

  • Understand and explain headache diagnosis and classification to appropriately care for patients. 
  • Assess and manage patient health problems including actual and potential conditions within an outpatient Headache Neurology clinic. 
  • Plan, implement and evaluate health care treatments. 
  • Under the supervision of an attending neurologist, assess laboratory findings including blood tests, electromyography, MRI, CT Scan and X-rays. 
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to individualize patient care to manage illness, promote wellbeing, foster rehabilitative and disease preventive lifestyle choices. 
  • Prescribe medications and supportive therapies to help maintain health. 
  • Communicate with patients, their significant others and their primary health care providers. 
  • Work well in teams, have confidence working independently, know and be able to think inside and outside the norms, at the same time know their limitations. 

Responsibilities include 

  • Assessing individual participants health status, performing detailed neurological examinations.
  • Assessing current drug therapies and potential interactions.
  • Liaising with health care providers.
  • Interpreting laboratory results.
  • Provide current information on migraine, headache medicine and or facial pain research developments and education regarding medications to both participants and ancillary staff. 
  • Help research participants to understand their disease process and medications. 
  • Communicate clinical findings to physicians, research scientists and lay persons on a weekly basis. 
  • Educate nurses and ancillary staff about disease processes, facial injections for Chemodenervation medications, physical examination and history taking as well as detailed neurological examination. 
  • Serve as a resource for RN’s to aid with clinical queries. 
  • Provide telephone triage, including prescribing necessary pharmacological interventions, including providing emotional support to the patient significant others.
  • Continuous learning of Headache Medicine practice and principles.
  • Willingness to learn about procedures in headache medicine

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Masters of NP or PA Masters of Medicine

Minimum Requirements

Graduate of an accredited nurse practitioner program OR a graduate of an accredited physician assistant program, Ability to obtain license in the State of Michigan. NP Specialty Certification OR NCCPA Certification. Current BLS/CPR at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six months of hire date. Minimum 1 year of licensed NP or PA work, headache experience preferred. Due to advanced practice credentialing eligibility, clinical advanced practice experience must be within the last two years gained through school or work experience


Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

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Summary of Health Risks

Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue and other body fluids; and material covered under Universal Precautions; TB risk or work within 3 feet of human patients in a health care setting.



MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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