With close supervision and instruction, dependent on clinical need, the Dermatology Technician Assistant will learn to assist the Dermatologists and nurses with patient care.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
Anticipate needs of patients as indicated by the Epic schedule
Demonstrate competence in identifying individual patients when escorting to exam room
Obtain and concisely record an accurate patient history
Chief complaint (reason for visit)
Past Dermatology History
Past Medical History
Allergies and drug reactions
Review of Systems
History of Present Illnes
Manage the flow of the clinic to stay on time and run smoothly
Demonstrate appropriate frequency of hand washing
Measure and record vital signs
Handling of medications (draw up local anesthesia, identify lidocaine with epinephrine vs. without, draw up kenalog and dilute to appropriate strength with appropriate dilutant
Handling of liquid nitrogen
Perform set up for the following procedures: cryosurgery, punch biopsy, shave biopsy, ED&C, shave removal, excision, and MOHS surgery.
Upload procedure site pictures into Epic using the Canto application
Handle all instruments with proper technique.
Perform sterile technique.
Perform suture and/or staple removals with proper documentation in Epic and care instructions to the patient.
Apply proper techniques for topical medications, dry and clean dressings, suture line care, most warm/moist cold compresses, pressure dressings, and unna boots.
Appropriate care and disposition of surgical specimens and cultures obtained during clinic visit.
Appropriate handling and processing of laboratory specimens obtained during clinic visit.
Assist in cosmetic procedures.
Health & Safety
Properly assist physically or visually disabled patients.
Assist patient in preparing to leave examination room as needed.
Complete the patient instructions portion of the After Visit Summary (AVS).
Thoroughly review AVS (verbally) and any instructions at the end of each visit with the patient.
Verbally review wound care instructions with the patient if applicable.
Understand basic knowledge regarding indication, proper use, and potential side effects of a given medication.
Resource Center Duties
Manage incoming and outgoing Epic Inbasket messages
Call in prescriptions
Call patients post-procedure per physicians request
Return patient calls regarding problems
Call patients with benign lab and biopsy results
Appropriate handling and processing of test results associated with dermatology and other visits if applicable.
Stock examination rooms in assigned area and ensure medication expiration dates are current.
Disinfect and maintain examination rooms.
General Medical Knowledge
Maintain current CPR certification.
Understand basic dermatology anatomy, skin structure and function, and dermatology emergencies.
Must complete currently required JHMI courses, such as:
Complete Annual Review paperwork in a timely manner.
Complete training in software such as Epic, Canto
Assist physician chair side as a scribe, including documenting a complete and concise dermatology history and entering and pending orders instructed by physician
Contacts with others:
Availability of assistance or information to solve problems:
nurses, residents, fellows and attending physicians.
Divisional clinical supervisor/manager.
Clinic employees: give or receive factual information, receive or refer inquiries, communicate patient information.
Division heads, managers, supervisors, and physicians: give or receive factual information, receive or refer inquiries, communicate patient information.
Patients and their families: explain difficult information, requiring social judgment, patience and understanding. Includes instructing in methods and procedures and explaining diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Transportation to all clinic sites: JHOC, GSS, Bayview, Howard County, and Rubenstein.
Penmanship: able to write in legible, compact cursive.
Mathematics: able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions,
decimals, addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers.
Language: able to read and comprehend simple instructions and short correspondence.
Able to write simple correspondence. Able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to to patients and other employees.
Reasoning: able to comprehend and execute instructions in written, verbal, or diagram form. Able to manage situations with more than one variable.
Familiarity with dermatology and general medical terminology.
High School Diploma or GED equivalent is required.
Technical qualifications or specialized certifications: Must obtain Dermatology Technician certification from the Association of Certified Derm Technicians (ACDT) within 6 months of start date. Must maintain certification while employed in the Department of Dermatology. Failure to obtain/maintain certification might result in termination of employment in the Department of Dermatology. Familiarity with the operation of computers. Ability to type without looking at the keyboard.
Graduation from an accredited Medical Assistant training program desired
Department name: 60008453-Dermatology Sibley Work Schedule/Hours: Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm Location: 5215 Loughboro Road, SW Suite 300 - Washington, DC Personnel area: School of Medicine
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