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Ophthalmic Scribe/Technician

GW Medical Faculty Associates | Washington, DC

Posted Date 5/14/2024

The GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) was incorporated in July 2000 as a not-for-profit, physician-led practice group. The organization functioned as an independent organization in support of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Sciences as a multi-specialty physician practice group. The GW MFA has grown to become the largest independent academic physician practice in the Washington, DC metro region with 375 physicians and 100 APP providers. In 2018, the MFA bylaws were revised to allow The George Washington University to serve as the sole corporate member while the MFA retained independent 501c3 status. The purpose of the change was to ensure alignment between the MFA and The George Washington University.

MFA physicians provide comprehensive patient care, offering one practice for the whole person with 52 medical and surgical specialties. As members of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences faculty, MFA providers are teachers and mentors for medical students, residents, fellows, and researchers preserving the rich tradition of academics, research, and healing. In addition to maintaining a closely integrated alliance with The George Washington University and The George Washington University Hospital (GWUH), separately owned and operated by Universal Health Services (UHS), the GW MFA has active referring relationships with 12 area hospitals.

The GW MFA’s leading healthcare presence in the DC metro region is complemented by a network of community-based practices in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Given its geographic location in central NW Washington, DC, and proximity to more than 175 resident embassies, the MFA continues to evolve its international clinical outreach.

Position Summary

To perform the ophthalmic measurement tests. Assist physicians in diagnostic, therapeutic, and corrective procedures.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Qualifications of Intern Technician (as stated above)
  • Perform Humphrey visual field (HVF) and Goldmann visual fields (GVF)
  • Knowledge of ophthalmic terminology
  • Perform tonometry, visual acuity, pachymetry, and lensometry
  • Take the patient's medical and ocular history
  • Perform keratometry, color vision testing, and stereo testing
  • Information on contact lens insertion and removal (teaching the patient)
  • Apply eye drops and knowledge of ophthalmic medication
  • Basic knowledge of refraction and ability to measure glasses for the patient
  • Basic knowledge of ophthalmic instruments for minor procedures
  • Prepare minor procedure setup, consent a patient for procedure
  • Autorefraction and autokeratometry
  • Learn how to administer and interpret an Amsler Grid test
  • Expert knowledge of Refraction and Retinoscopy
  • Perform Fundus photos, OCT, HRT, IV Fluorescein Angiogram
  • Knowledge of IOL Master Calibration
  • Perform corneal topography
  • Operates, calibrates, and maintains ophthalmic instruments and equipment
  • Make independent decisions based on different patient cases
  • Qualify for clinical study certification
  • All technicians will be involved in learning and teaching in the department.

Minimum Qualifications


  • High school diploma or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


  • COA (Certified Ophthalmic Assistant) must be obtained within one year of hire; preferred by start date. 


  • A minimum of 1 year of Ophthalmic Tech experience

Physical Requirements

  • Walk, stand, and reach outward on a constant basis in a clinical setting.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift, carry, push, or pull over 100 lbs. as part of the role.
  • Regularly exposed to healthcare settings that may require personal protective equipment.
  • Requires manual dexterity to operate a computer keyboard, calculator, copier machine, and other equipment.
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