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Effective Term:
Fall 2018 through Summer 2023

Course Number:
OMT 231
Course Title:
OMT Seminar I
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
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Course Description

Explores the practicum experience through discussions. Covers medical ethics review, patient confidentiality, professionalism, and communication skills. Focuses on creating a chief complaint, ophthalmic scribing, and history of present illness (HPI) in an ophthalmology practice. Includes demonstrating electronic health record (EHR) documentation through simulated practice and medical coding. Students must enroll in this class if they are enrolled in first year practicum.

Addendum to Course Description

This is a required course which fulfills a portion of the curriculum for a degree in Ophthalmic Medical Technology.
The extent of transferability or credit allowed for this course would be dependent upon the institution and the program to which the student is transferring.
This course is limited to students admitted to the OMT program.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Scribe basic ophthalmic exams in the clinical environment. 
  2. Describe the policies and torts related to medical ethics in an ophthalmology clinical setting.
  3. Illustrate effective communiucation as appropriate for a healthcare professional.
  4. Employ knowledge of issues pertinent to the ophthalmic setting including but not limited to ethical situations, clinic efficiency, interpersonal relationships, emerging technology and other current or relevant topics in the ophthalmic field.

Course Activities and Design

The course is presented by means of lecture, group projects, video presentation, computer simulated activities and discussion. 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate learning outcomes by the following tasks conducted individually and in cooperation with other students:

1. Student participation in class discussions relating to the practicum clinic experience.

2. Small group role playing activities demonstrating an understanding of ethical situations and professionlism.

3. Demonstration of simulated practice on Electronic Health Record program while maintaining HIPAA and patient confidentiality practice. 

4. Oral and written summaries identifying information covered in lecture, online assignments, and guest speakers. 

The student will be responsible for completing all course work regardless of absenteeism. The student is responsible for materials handed out in class, posted on D2L and assignments made during class. Make-up assignments for any classes missed will be at the discretion of the course instructor.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The student will demonstrate understanding of the following themes, issues, concepts and development of the following skills:

  • Medical Ethics, Patient Confidentiality
  • HIPAA Compliance 
  • Ethical Behavior and Professionalism in Ophthalmology 
  • Open Forum and Lectures
  • Introduction to Ophthalmic Scribing Electronic Health Care Skills

Competencies and Skill: EHR Ophthalmic Scribing

  • Demonstrate correct terminology in a simulated EHR program
  • Ability to properly document a patient's complaint 
  • Review of HPI (History of Present Illness) and ROS (Review of Systems)
  • Explain basic coding and diagnosis codes in regards to ophthalmology exams
  • Define process of categorizing electronic images and diagnostic tests use in ophthalmology exams

Medical Ethics

  • Explain the principles of ethics of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  • Define principles involved in ethical care of ophthalmic patients.
  • Describe law/policies for the control, use, and release of health information.
  • Specify procedures for insuring the confidentiality of health information.
  • Describe procedures for insuring security of computerized information.
  • Respond ethically for requests for patient information.
  • Define informed consent and explain its importance.
  • Discuss patient confidentiality and define the professional's role in maintaining that confidentiality.
  • Identify various torts in medical practice and explain the consensual nature of the physician-patient relationship.
  • Use of understanding of violations of ethics violations

Ethical Behavior and Professionalism

  • Define ethical behavior and how it applies in the workplace
  • Define professionalism and the characteristics and principles of a professional. 

Open Forum and Lectures

  • Provide an opportunity for guest lectures and/or general class discussion on related subjects of interest to the class.
  • Provide an open forum for discussion of students clinical activities and the various procedural methods utilized at the clinical affiliation sties.