Optometrist (Assistant In / Associate In) (70390)

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant In or Associate In as a Doctor of Optometry (OD) to provide patient care and education in an academic medical setting. There is immediate opportunity to engage in a busy tertiary clinical practice in an established longstanding department with a brand new, state of the art clinic building and optical shop. The incumbent will work with current faculty to provide a training environment for medical students and residents. Duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • communicating with patients to get detailed case histories
  • examining the eyes of patients of all ages to detect signs of injury, disease, abnormality or vision defects
  • checking for signs and symptoms of general health conditions (e.g. diabetes)
  • issuing prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses
  • fitting and checking prescribed lenses in order to correct vision defects
  • offering advice and reassurance about vision-related matters
  • providing preoperative and postoperative care to cataract patients, as well as to patients who have had laser vision correction or eye surgery
  • triaging vision-related problems and referring to an Ophthalmologist in appropriate subspecialty when needed
  • liaising with other medical practitioners and sometimes sharing the care of patients with chronic ophthalmic conditions
  • administering, organizing and planning the development of a prompt, patient-friendly, and cost-effective clinical practice
  • liaising with sales representatives from vision care product suppliers

Salary and rank will be commensurate with credentials and experience. The College of Medicine has an active faculty compensation plan, which includes incentives and bonuses. Employer will assist with relocation costs.

University employer-paid benefits include individual and family (spouse/domestic partner and children up to age 26) health insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance. Retirement benefits include participation in 403(b) and 457 plans as well as an employer match. Professional liability protection and sovereign immunity are administered by the Florida Board of Governors self-insurance program.

Qualifications, in addition to clinical expertise, include a strong commitment to teaching, resident training, and research as well as participation in academic activities.

Requirements include completion of an approved accredited school or college of optometry. Must obtain and/or maintain a current Florida optometric license. Must be able to obtain medical staff credentialing with UF Health facilities as well as qualify for enrollment with third party billing entities.

This position has an open recruiting deadline and will close upon selection of an appropriate candidate. The anticipated start date for this position is dependent upon selection of a successful candidate.

Candidates must apply online via Interfolio in order to be considered. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference are required with application. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. The letters of reference can be uploaded directly via Interfolio or emailed to kuruppcl@ufl.edu. They should be addressed to:

Sonal Tuli, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, PO Box 100284, Gainesville, FL 32610-0284

The final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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