Dec 02, 2021


  • Children's National Hospital
  • Washington, DC, USA

Job Description

Optometrist - (21000333)


The faculty optometrist is responsible for the care of patients in the outpatient clinics, as well as research, educational and advocacy initiatives as determined by the Division Chief and/or the Center leadership. Work within a team of ophthalmologist, orthoptists, and ophthalmic techs to provide eye care to infants and children.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Education Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited School of Optometry (Required)

Minimum Work Experience
2 years In a related field (Preferred)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Knowledge of current principles, methods and procedures for the delivery of optometric evaluation, diagnosis and treatment in the area of expertise.
Knowledge of legal and ethical standards for the delivery of patient care. Ability to function independently in evaluating patient problems and developing a plan for patient care.
Ability to incorporate ethical concepts into patient care and discuss these with the patient, family, and other members of the health care team.
Ability to supervise, advice, and train clinical professionals and/or students in area of expertise.
Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
Ability to examine infants and children’s eyes using observation, pharmaceutical agents and instruments to determine visual perception, acuity, coordination, and focus. Tests may include subjective refractions, retinoscopy, lensometry, slit lamp examinations, visual fields, pupil and mobility testing, gonioscopy, sensory testing (e.g. Titmus stereopsis; W4D; Dbl Madox Rod) and tear function testing.
Demonstrates a personal commitment to Continuing Medical Education and remains current on the developments and progress in his/her subspecialty. Demonstrates knowledge of and complies with legal and ethical standards for the delivery of optometric care

Required Licenses and Certifications
Fully licensed and credentialed attending staff category optometrist on the medical staff of Children’s National Medical Center (Required) Board certified or eligible for board (Required)
Certification in primary practice specialty (Preferred)
Board certification in relevant secondary specialty (Preferred)

Functional Accountabilities
Commitment to World Class Care

  • Provide clinical services for patients at Children’s Hospital and other approved sites in an ethical, professional and timely manner; document history including complaint and relevant symptoms, ocular health, medication usage, medical and family history, current vision aid if applicable, and any other pertinent data.

  • Provide oversight of the medical care team and manage direct patient care for a specified patient population; improve continuity of care, customer service and partnerships with community medical providers through timely completion of records and communication.
  • Clearly document diagnosis and treatment plan, including referrals, therapeutic prescriptions and long-term medical management, in patients’ charts.
  • Actively participate in family centered care and communicate in a professional and compassionate manner; refer patients to specialists and to relevant ancillary services as appropriate.
  • Prescribe and fit vision aides such as contact lenses and eyeglasses.
  • Respond to team members and outside medical providers in a timely and respectful manner; communicate clearly to trainees expectations regarding patient updates and notifications of significant clinical changes, and encourages questions from trainees.

Commitment to Advocacy

  • Participate in CNMC’s advocacy initiatives.

  • Contribute scholarly effort to the advancement of public policy to promote population-based pediatric health and well being.
  • Teach patients and families about treatment, prevention, and care enhancement techniques; provide any necessary low-vision rehabilitation and vision therapy to improve visual issues.
  • Participate in specific health promotion, education and/or prevention programs; prescribe and fit vision aides such as contact lenses and eyeglasses.
  • Contribute scholarly effort to the advancement of public policy that promotes population-based pediatric health and well being.

Commitment to Research

  • Participate in research as desired.

Commitment to Education

  • Participate in CNMC's medical education programs through learning activities with colleagues and trainees.

  • Participate as appropriate in hospital/university –wide educational programs.
  • Participate as appropriate in local, regional and national educational efforts.
  • Provide timely feedback to trainees.
  • Ensure adequate orientation for the care that the trainees deliver.
  • Supervise and train clinical professionals and students effectively.

Commitment to Quality & Compliance

  • Follow established bylaws, policies and procedures, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards; based on exam, diagnose diseases and anomalies such as color blindness or glaucoma.

  • Adequately and promptly complete all clinical documentation as required by JCAHO, other regulatory bodies and/or the Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules and Regulations and Policies and Procedures include complete clinical charge documentation.
  • Identify problems related to patient services and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Cooperate and participate in the development, implementation and revision of policies affecting optometric practice, judgment and quality of care; Participate as a member of special care teams, Medical Staff and hospital committees.
  • Review and prepare protocol for use by staff. Evaluate patient care according to adopted protocol and Quality Assurance program criteria. Participate in evaluation of peers and support staff; acknowledge and report medical and/or other errors as well as participate in efforts to prevent them.

Organizational Accountabilities

Primary Location

: District of Columbia-WASHINGTON

Work Locations

: Sheikh Zayed Campus 111 Michigan Avenue Washington 20010


: Allied Health


: Surgery COERegular / Temporary: R (Regular)Position Status: FT - Full-TimeShift: DayWork Schedule: M-F

Job Posting

: Oct 14, 2021, 9:38:17 AM