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Job Summary

Why Become Part of the Program?

Here at Michigan Medicine, we have created a very unique and rewarding opportunity within our Ophthalmology Department at the Kellogg Eye Center. We have implemented an accelerated full-time 3-month Ophthalmic Assistant Clinical Internship to train motivated, ethical, career-seeking, compassionate individuals towards becoming Ophthalmic Technicians.

At Kellogg, our purpose is to improve lives through curing, treating, and preventing eye disease.  Our guiding principles are teamwork, caring, integrity, and innovation.  Together, we use our purpose and guiding principles to align ourselves both as individuals and as an organization to achieve our vision of improving lives around the world by enhancing vision in others.  We are a are seeking individuals who wish to enhance the strength and capability of our workforce to help us become even better at the work that we do. 

What Skills Would You Master During Training?

  • Once training is complete, you will feel confident in performing lensometry, refractometry, baseline external exams, visual field tests, automated keratometry, tonometry, and ancillary testing
  • You will prepare and update patient records, prepare requisitions for patient testing, and assist in reviewing charts and schedules for patients.
  • You will calibrate, clean and maintain ophthalmic equipment and instruments for the exam and treatment rooms
  • You will triage patient phone calls, assist patients into and out of examining rooms, and participate in clinical procedures
  • You will perform contact lens insertion and removal and how to process contact orders and returns

What You Can Look Forward to After Successfully Completing the Program?

After successfully completing the academic and skill-based training period and certification, you will then be considered for regular full-time employment as an Ophthalmic Technician at the Associate level, the entry level position along the Ophthalmic Technician career path

As an Ophthalmic Technician - Associate, you will have the ability to work within highly collaborative team to perform a variety of visual exams and testing. You will play a vital role in directly supporting our physicians in providing exceptional care for our patients. You will become a well-versed technician because of your day to day interactions with advanced technologies and comprehensive treatments for all eye conditions and diseases. This team values the importance of education and mentorships and will ensure you have the tools and resources in order to become certified.  With this experience, you'll have opportunities for career advancement and professional development to take your career to the next level.

Required Qualifications*

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  •  Strong command of the English language, dedicated work ethics, and demonstrated history of excellent attendance at previous places of employment are essential
  • Previous experience in a medical/patient care setting is NOT required; however, this is a competitive opportunity where top candidates will be selected based upon their comprehensive skills, work ethic and education.

Desired Qualifications*

  • 4-year Bachelors degree from an accredited University. 

  • Previous customer service experience in a healthcare setting is desired.

Work Schedule

Must be able to accommodate flexible hours during the week and for training opportunities on weekends should they arise. (i.e. conferences, educational workshops).

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Contact Information

Carol J. Pollack-Rundle, BS, COMT
Ophthalmic Technician Education Coordinator
Email: cjrundle@med.umich.edu
Phone: 734-936-9805

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.