Career Ladder puts practices on top

Career Ladder puts practices on top

AOA's Paraoptometric Career Ladder is one of several member-exclusive resources that can aid in the staffing process. And enrolling staff as associate members—at no cost to the doctor—opens the door to even more benefits.

For the doctor, all the training they need for every job description in the office is available to them.

The Paraoptometric Career Ladder features several areas of job descriptions, training materials and tools, says Erlinda Rodriguez, CPO, chair of AOA's Paraoptometric Resource Center Executive Committee.

There are dozens of archived articles for continuing education, and members receive six hours of free continuing education each year. Members also get a newsletter and additional discounted materials.

"For the doctor, all the training they need for every job description in the office is available to them," Rodriguez says. "We're always expanding the educational tools to make sure we're up to date."

When Steven Reed, O.D., AOA trustee and president of Family Vision Clinic in Magee, Mississippi, trained his practice's newest technician, he followed the guidelines in the Paraoptometric Career Ladder. The Career Ladder-trained technician was proficient weeks ahead of others trained with different methods, Dr. Reed says, such as studying the terminology alone and shadowing the current technician.

"That old method was certainly not as productive as using the Career Ladder," he says.

Josh Massey, O.D., of Southern Eye Care of Clinton, Mississippi, says he recently used the Career Ladder for one of his technician's annual evaluations. The Career Ladder made the evaluation process less painful, he says, because it compiles all the necessary materials in one place for quick reference.

"In using the assessment portion of the [Career Ladder], we were able to pinpoint areas that she maybe didn't feel particularly confident or knowledgeable in," he says. "We then used the roadmap portion to help bolster any deficits."

Click here to learn more about the Paraoptometric Career Ladder and how it can be used in your practice, or email the Paraoptometric Resource Center.

Paraoptometric Recognition Week is September 18-24

It's the perfect opportunity for doctors of optometry to honor staff for their dedication to the patients they serve and the profession of optometry. Click here to learn how you can honor your staff.

September 9, 2016

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