Staff Optometrist

The Loma Linda VA Medical Center is seeking a full-time staff Optometrist to provide direct patient care activities, including Low Vision evaluations. The Optometrist will be primarily responsible for refractions, contact lens fittings and Low Vision evaluations, but will also be responsible for some complete eye examinations, and referring to Ophthalmology for further diagnosis and treatment. The Optometrist is responsible for contributing to the achievements of quality of care standards, efficiency, process improvement and patient satisfactions, and is expected to practice in accordance with professional standards, core values and with a commitment to excellence. The incumbent is responsible for all appropriate documentation in the patient's medical record, in accordance with the VA policies and other regulatory bodies. He/She may be asked to perform other duties as assigned. Optometrists appointed to direct patient care must be proficient in spoken and written English and must meet all requirements for the position. The incumbent must perform as part of a team, with excellent communication skills and interpersonal relationships with all other eye care providers and support staff.
Work Schedule: FULL-TIME, (May be required to work evenings or weekends as a 24/7 Full-Time Optometrist)
Financial Discloser Report: Not required
Basic Requirements:United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency: Optometrists appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U. S. C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Education: Degree of doctor of optometry resulting from a course of education in optometry. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools or colleges approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:United States and Canadian schools or colleges of optometry listed as accredited by the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association, in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed. Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure. (MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THE TRANSCRIPTS)
Licensure: Licensed to practice optometry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Optometrists are required to possess full and unrestricted licensure and to maintain a current registration in their State of licensure if this is a requirement of the particular State. (MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THE LICENSE)
Preferred Experience: Board Certified/Board Eligible Optometrist
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Grade Determinations: Grade, step and salary will be determined by a Professional Standards Board based on selectee's qualifications.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G5, Optometrist Qualification Standard
Physical Requirements: Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination. This position requires: Light lifting, under 25 pounds; light carrying, under 25 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); repeated bending (1 hour); and hearing (aid permitted); working closely with others; working alone; protracted or irregular hours of work and occasional emotional strain.

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