Germantown - Silver Spring, Maryland
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Internal Number: 108419-en_US
The Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University has an exciting opportunity for exceptional candidates to train for a career as an Ophthalmic Technician, no experience required. Start your career in Ophthalmology with one of the leading organizations in delivering state-of-the art eye care, training future healthcare leaders, and conducting cutting-edge research. We have a robust training program that will provide you with a strong foundation to pursue a multitude of career paths beyond Ophthalmic Technician such as Clinic Manager, Ophthalmic Clinic Supervisor, Assistant Administrator, Orthoptist, Optometrist, Marketing, IT, and Research, to name a few. This is also an opportunity for pre-med students to gain clinical experience during their gap year or prior to applying to medical school, as well. No evening or weekend work required. Follow this link to learn more, https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/education/clinical-training/ophthalmic_technician.html
We are seeking an Ophthalmic Technician Assistant, who, with close supervision and instruction, will learn to assist the Ophthalmologist with patient care by performing ophthalmic testing as outlined below. This position's primary role is to provide technician/clinical support to physicians. They will be required to work at any one of Wilmer's locations based on the clinics needs. Travel is required.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Obtain & Concisely Record an Accurate Patient History
- Chief complaint
- Past ocular history
- Family history
- Systemic illnesses
- Allergies and drug reactions
- Social history
Basic Skills & Lensometry
- Measure visual acuity at distance and near utilizing test appropriate for age and education, and records accurately.
- Perform pinhole testing when indicated.
- Perform and record contrast sensitivity.
- Perform Ishihara or HRR color vision testing.
- Accurately measure and record current lens power with a lensometer.
- Perform and record exophthalmometry.
- Perform and record Amsler grid.
- Perform and record Schirmer testing.
- Evaluate pupillary reactions, including afferent pupillary defect.
- Estimate anterior chamber depth.
- Able to properly operate common non-automated and automated ophthalmic equipment including, but not limited to:
- IOL Master, Orb-scan, bright field acuity testing (BAT), potential acuity meter (PAM),
- autorefractor, corneal pachymetry, Humphrey visual field, Goldmann visual field, OCT, HRT, Lenstar.
- Apply proper ocular dressings and shields.
- Follow divisional protocols for eye drop instillation, including cycloplegics and topical anesthetics.
- Properly instill eye drops
- Label newly opened bottles with expiration dates.
- Understand the indications / contraindications for use in dilation,
- Measure interpupillary distances, evaluate spectacle fit.
- Properly assist physically or visually disabled patients.
- Adhere to regulations regarding drug samples and drug sample logs.
- Perform accurate Goldmann applanation tonometry and properly disinfect the tonometer.
- Perform accurate Tono-pen tonometry and properly disinfect and store the tonometer.
- Perform accurate Eye Care tonometry.
- Understand the principals of scleral rigidity and the factors that alter intraocular pressure.
- Perform routine instrument maintenance on all ophthalmic equipment.
- Stock examination rooms in assigned area and ensure medication expiration dates are current.
- Disinfect and maintain examination rooms.
General Medical Knowledge
- Maintain current CPR certification.
- Understand basic ocular anatomy and physiology, systemic diseases, ocular diseases and ocular emergencies.
- Understand and practice the fundamentals of microbial control.
- Must complete currently required JHMI courses, such as: Self learning educational packets, HIPAA regulations, and Conflict of Interest
- Complete Annual Review paperwork in a timely manner.
- Complete training in software such as Epic, POE, TAP, Forum, Oculab, Allscripts
- Assist physician chair side as a scribe
- Possible additional duties and responsibilities:
- Surgical assisting with minor outpatient procedures; basic instrument care.
- Perform basic slit lamp evaluation of anterior chamber depth.
- Measure axial length with A-scan biometry.
- Perform protocol refractometry or other testing for clinical trials.
- Instruct patients in contact lens care, insertion and removal.
- Neuro-physiologic testing including electroretinogram (ERG), Multi-focal electroretinogram (MFERG).
- visual evoked potential (VEP), Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO)
- Other duties that may be assigned.
- High School Diploma or graduation equivalent
- Must obtain Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) from Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) within 18 months of start date.
- CPR certification also required.
- Familiarity with ophthalmic and general medical terminology.
Classified Title: Ophthalmic Technician Assistant
Starting Salary Range: $16.75 - $23.00 - $29.30 hourly (Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: School of Medicine - East Baltimore Campus
Department name: Ophthalmology General Administration
Personnel area: School of Medicine
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University's good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
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