This position functions as an assistant to physicianâ™s and staff in the application, maintenance, and removal of splints, casts, traction and other orthopedic medical devices; also monitors and orders casting and other medical appliances, including instruments; clean instruments and cast rooms as per Environmental Health and Safety regulations; assists with orthopedic technician training and scheduling of personnel.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery Mission The mission of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine is to have a national and international impact on orthopedics through excellence in clinical care, education, research and leadership. Our vision is to redefine excellence in the field of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. Our responsibility to our local, national and international communities has three parts: 1) serve our community through excellence in clinical orthopedic care; 2) provide outstanding musculoskeletal education and training in an inclusive and equitable environment; 3) transform the future of orthopedics through research discovery and innovation.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery Overview by the Numbers As a national leader in orthopedic care delivery, research and education, Washington Universityâ™s Department of Orthopedic Surgery guides the way in advanced musculoskeletal treatment and technology, providing trusted care for patients of all ages. With over 80 clinical providers across nine St. Louis-area locations, expert bone, muscle and joint care is always within reach. WashU Orthopedics is also a top orthopedic research program, with 10 dedicated research faculty and seven physician scientists. By the numbers, the Department is home to over 500 employees, 11 orthopedic subspecialties, 71 clinical faculty, 10 research faculty, 40 surgical residents, 13 physiatry residents and 18 fellows. WashU Orthopedics is also proud to nationally rank #3 in NIH funding, #2 for residency training, #7 for pediatric orthopedics and #31 for adult orthopedics
This position is for the Orthopedic Injury Clinic (OIC) after hours/evening in a clinical office setting with some pressure caused by adherence to patient/physician schedule; may have to travel between offices; lifting patients and equipment is a regular part of the job. The hours for this position are Monday -Thursday from 11:00 am - 7:30 pm and Friday from 10:00 am. - 6:30 pm with an occasional Saturday.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Performs splinting, casting, and application of traction under the direction of an orthopedic physician or resident.
Applies, adjusts, measures, and educates patients on medical appliances and equipment.
Removes casts with care.
Performs direct and indirect patient care activities within the scope of practice of an orthopedic technologist, i.e. assisting with dressing changes, suture and staple removal, etc.
Documents the care administered into electronic medical records.
Orders and maintains all clinical supplies.
Maintains a professional demeanor and strict confidentiality as per HIPAA regulations.
Obtains x-rays, prepares exam rooms and monitors physician schedules as necessary.
Assists the Medical Assistants in clinical areas, by preparing charts, x-rays and exam rooms when necessary.
Adjusts canes, walkers, crutches, and provides ambulation instructions.
Performs follow-up patient calls when needed.
Performs pre-surgical education on some medical appliances and equipment.
Assist in the training of other orthopedic technicians.
Assist with coordinating schedules to support the clinic and patient care.
Responsible for entering medical equipment appointments.
Reviews clinic paperwork for accuracy.
Performs other tasks as assigned.
One to two years of casting experience is highly recommended and a minimum of two years orthopedic experience .
Communication skills with the ability to work with physicians, patients and support staff.
Strong interpersonal, organizational and telephone skills.
Familiar with keyboard to document care given.
Strong knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
Ability to lead a team and communicate policies and procedures.
High school diploma or equivalent high school certification and related work experience or training as an Orthopedic Technologist, Medical Assistant, Cast Technician or Certified Athletic Trainer.
Basic Life Support Certification, Level C, or obtains certification within one month of employment. Online BLS certifications, those without a skills assessment component are not sufficient to meet the BLS requirements.
$16.66 - $24.17 / HourlyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
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