Feb. 21, 2017 | Alicia Baird has been named chair of the Department of Ophthalmic Technologies in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Health Professions. She will also serve as director of the Bachelor of Science in Ophthalmic Medical Technology degree program.
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.
UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,870 students, 799 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS and its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.