University of Minnesota Physicians

Minneapolis MN

Why UMPhysicians?

Regardless of the role, we recognize every member of our team is vital! The Orthoptist diagnoses and treats disorders of the visual system, particularly binocular vision and amblyopia. Under supervision of the Ophthalmologist, the Orthoptist tests eye muscles and prescribes treatments for eye misalignment and amblyopia to children and adult patients. In addition, this role is responsible for the teaching and oversight of medical residents, fellows, and technical staff in Orthoptist related areas.

Orthoptist Overview
Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assess patient needs, diagnosis and management of problems
  • Performs ophthalmology testing to provide Ophthalmologist with accurate information
  • Works collaboratively with physicians, fellows and residents in the diagnosis and treatment plan for patients of all ages
  • Works independently to manage patient care as directed by a physician
  • Carries out treatment plans following physician protocols
  • Efficiently manages the needs of the patient during work-up and follow up
  • Recognizes and maintains a solid understanding of ocular diseases and pathology
  • Manages time effectively, keeping pace with physician appointments in a multi-faceted, high paced environment
  • Treat patients with respect, excellent care, compassion
  • Discusses treatment plans with the patients/parents of patients in a way that is easily understood - explaining surgical and non-surgical options
  • Helps Develop skills of medical fellows and residents
  • Updates or creates lesson content for related specialty
  • Delivers Orthoptic lesson plans, checks Orthoptic work of residents and seeks out opportunities to present and to teach at a national level through membership in a professional organization

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science related area with one year of post-graduate training
  • Eligibility for Certified Orthoptist Certification
  • Post graduate training: satisfactory completion of 24 months of orthoptic training in an AOC accredited program. Experience working with children and adults with vision problems
  • Knowledge of retinoscopy, Lensometry, sensorimotor exams, prism application, lecturing and research papers and articles
  • Proven ocular motility diagnosis and co-management

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Orthoptic certification. Member of ACCO (American Association of Certified Orthoptists)

Location: Phillips-Wangensteen Building - 516 Delaware St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
Additional Location: M Health Fairview Clinic and Surgery Center - 909 Fulton St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
Hours: 1.0 FTE