Medical / surgical technician (gap-year)
For over five years, Brinton Vision has worked with students that are pre-med, pre-optometry, and pre-PA school to create full time positions offering an in depth learning experience in refractive surgery. Gap-year students working at Brinton Vision can anticipate multiple patient interactions weekly, with practice involving slit lamp exams, refraction, critical thinking, and visualizing eyes at one day post op for a range of procedures. This is a unique opportunity offering experience with refractive surgery post operative exams to prepare for a lifetime of confidence with co-management.
This is a full-time track where the technicians will work patients through a customer service focused exam, followed by discussion with our refractive surgery expert doctors to determine candidacy. Technicians also work with post operative patients at all points in their healing process, and will learn from our doctors on how to counsel patients with any range of experiences. Emphasis as well on business development and how to market to an online audience effectively.
Shriya, Tran, Alec, Jacqui, Abby, Addy, Bryce, Chidinma, Grace, Kate, Kritika, Aaron, Lauren, Mary, Mariyam, Ronald
Most of those selected will be strong applicants who will have two gap years to work in our practice before MD, OD, or PA school. Exceptional applicants who will have less than two years before starting medical school may also apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We do not consider individuals who will work with us for less than 12 months.
Vision Care Partners is hiring college graduates who are preparing to enter medical school or optometry school within the next two to three years. These individuals are trained in our office as medical/surgical technicians to work full-time alongside our regular, tenured staff. Our “gap year” technicians receive extensive clinical training in diagnostic testing, medical history taking, electronic medical record (EMR) use, scribing and exam documentation, one-on-one patient care, and customer service. Our technicians also receive extensive surgical training in processing and management of sterile surgical instrumentation, scrubbing and the practice of sterile technique, medical laser calibration and operation, administering medications for patient procedural sedation, and all other aspects of the surgical technologist role.
Dr. Brinton is a fellowship trained, board certified physician and surgeon. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of LASIK and vision correction surgery. Vision Care Partners is an FDA clinical research trial site and has its own in-office surgical suite where we are able to perform the full range of laser and lens vision correction procedures. Students will receive both clinical and surgical training that provides valuable experience for entering medical/optometry school as well as for the application process.
Brinton Vision medical technicians benefit from a wealth of shadowing opportunities in our building. Since our clinic is generally closed on Wednesdays, our gap year medical technicians have taken advantage of the wide range of specialties in our building to get direct physician, PA, NP, and OD contact while seeing patients and performing procedures. The specialties in our building include:
Our doctors will be happy to arrange shadowing opportunities with these medical professionals above for our medical technicians in good standing after 90 days.
Carley Manuel – UMSL College of Optometry, Class of ’27
Jared Alt – University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Class of ’27
Diana Castellanos – Yale University, PA School, Class of ’25
Tony Ho – A.T. Still University, Class of ’24
Ariel Burbridge – Washington University, Class of ’24