St. Elizabeth Physicians
Job Title: Ophthalmic Assistant
The Ophthalmic Assistant, under the direction and supervision of the physician, provides clinical support to the Physician(s) and Advanced Practice Providers (APPs). The Ophthalmic Assistant provides the medical history, initial exam, and ancillary testing for patients prior to seeing the Physicians or Advanced Practice Providers. The Ophthalmic Assistant is also responsible for compliance with all OSHA and HIPAA regulations, and ensuring completion of all duties vital to patient care. The Ophthalmic Assistant is a highly visible position that is always responsible for creating a positive impression with patients, family members, and other visitors to the office.
Minimum: High School Diploma/G.E.D.
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of 2 years of experience (in last 36 months) in a medical facility/practice required. Minimum of 1 year of experience in Ophthalmology preferred. Ophthalmology Assistant experience preferred; but willing to train the right candidate who has the minimum experience required.
REQUIRED SKILLS KNOWLEDGE:
Associate will work directly with assigned practice staff and will be provided resource materials necessary to obtain ABR-OE certification within initial 90 days of employment while learning essential duties: visual acuity testing (distance and near), lensometry (manual and automated), measure IOP, refractions, cycloplegic refractions, pupil evaluation, muscle balance testing, confrontational fields, OPD, OCT, Visual field, A-scan, Lenstar, pachymetry, manual keratometry, glare testing, color testing, stereo, and worth 4 dot. These essential duties are not intended to be all-inclusive, as other duties may be added to address operational and/or patient care needs.
Upon successful completion (within 90 days of employment) of modules to receive ABR-OE certification, associate will be assessed and evaluated routinely on development of technical skills necessary to perform essential duties to validate ability to provide accurate assessments and tests. During this period associate will be provided documented feedback based on their performance of developing key competencies and reviewing any deficiencies to include applicable action plans necessary to achieve key competencies.
The evaluation/assessment period may be extended, at the direction of the supervising physician(s) and/or practice manager based on assessment results and feedback of associates progress. It is expected that the associate will display actions that are self-directed in seeking out information from current certified staff, existing educational resource materials (accessible in the practice(s)) as well as actively participating in all aspects of patient care, that they will gain the knowledge necessary to achieve Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) status within the 18-months from date of hire.
OTHER REQUIRED SKILLS KNOWLEDGE:
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, gain knowledge of Epic, and other patient-centered computer skills. Ability to exhibit understanding and knowledge of essential duties and retain understanding that will be necessary in achieving Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) status. Must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Excellent organizational skills and ability to work professionally with patients, patient family members, doctors, hospital administration and management, SEP associates and the public.
LICENSES CERTIFICATION TIMELINES AND REQUIREMENTS:
Associate will obtain ABR-OE certification within 90 days of hire and COA (Certified Ophthalmic Assistant) no later than 18 months from hire. Failure to obtain ABR-OE certification and COA designation within designated time periods may result in termination of employment.