PHOENIX — When it comes to treating pediatric eye doctors, you have to learn from the people who are already in the profession.
A new breed of pediatric eye doctor — one who uses technology to improve patient care — has come into being in recent years, and it is shaping up to be a big drawcard in the state.
“It’s not like we have a bunch of old-school people coming in and saying, ‘I want to get into pediatric eye surgery,'” said Dr. Michael Schall, executive director of the Arizona Eye Care Association.
“But the technology is changing so fast that there are lots of people who want to make that transition, and they’re looking for people who know how to use it and who can help them.”
As more doctors and medical professionals use technology to treat the millions of children and teens in the country’s health care system, pediatric eye specialists are looking for candidates who know what it takes to navigate the process.
For Dr. Schall and his group, that’s an issue because it could put them at a competitive disadvantage.
They need someone who knows what it means to be in the field, what it looks like, how to be effective, and how to keep up with the technology.
Dr. Schal is looking to fill that gap in a growing field.
The profession has changed.
There’s a whole new generation of doctors, and technology has changed the way we think about the job, said Dr: Christopher J. Schill, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado.
What it means for you, how much does it cost, how do you pay it, what are the benefits, is it something that you would consider doing?
“I would have to ask the patient about that,” he said.
In a world of increasing connectivity and increased digital technology, the importance of knowing the people and how you interact with them is just as important as the technology itself, said Daniel Felt, a pediatrician and executive director for the Center for Child Health Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University.
People are increasingly seeking more advanced diagnostic tools and the ability to make decisions in the context of technology, he said, adding that it is becoming easier for parents to take their kids to the doctor.
It’s important to know what to ask and when to ask it, he added.
If you’re looking to get a job, I would recommend it’s not only the technology that you want, but the people you want to hire.
So, you can’t be too picky,” Felt said.