Alicia Baird Named Chair of UAMS Department of Ophthalmic Technologies

By ChaseYavondaC

She began Feb. 1 and comes to UAMS from the University Hospitals and Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital in Cleveland where she spent five years as a certified orthoptist and certified ophthalmic medical technologist.

Baird is a graduate of the UAMS Ophthalmic Medical Technology program, earning her Bachelor of Science in 2010.  She also completed an orthoptic fellowship in 2011 at the Orthoptic Teaching Program of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

She maintains certifications by the American Orthoptic Council as a certified orthoptist and by the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel as a certified ophthalmic medical technologist.

She is a member of the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology, the American Association of Certified Orthoptists, the International Orthoptic Association, and the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

The baccalaureate program in ophthalmic medical technology at UAMS is a collaboration of the College of Health Professions and the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute. It is one of only four accredited programs in the country offering the highest level of ophthalmic medical technician training — the ophthalmic medical technologist level. Upon completion of the two-year program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam.

Most graduates work alongside ophthalmologists in private practice or academic group settings as ophthalmic medical technologists. Others have continued their education and become optometrists, orthoptists, or physician assistants. Some graduates have gone on to work in corporate ophthalmology as clinical application specialists, clinic managers, administrators, technical directors and program directors.

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