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Exercise Technician


Department Description: The Cardiovascular Medicine Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is committed to providing high-quality care to our patients, promoting the educational mission of academic medicine and advancing state-of-the-art research in cardiovascular medicine.

The Division, which is an integral part of BIDMC’s CardioVascular Institute, includes some of the most highly-regarded cardiovascular experts in the world, and it is their exemplary patient care, teaching and research combined with the support of dedicated clinical and administrative that make possible the Division's many accomplishments.

Job Location: Boston, MA

Req ID: 39193BR


Job Summary: Participate in conducting exercise tolerance tests on a treadmill, cycle ergometer or with pharmacologic infusion.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Obtain and enter necessary medical history data in preparation for a cardiovascular diagnostic procedure. Assist in conducting cardiology diagnostic exams through use of a treadmill cycle, ergometer or pharmacologic infusion. Attach electrodes to patient for the purpose of securing pertinent data and obtain the patient's resting, exercise and recovery electrocardiograms.
  2. Monitor oscilloscope and vital signs to ensure patient's safety; monitor medical conditions warranting immediate support of other medical personnel (i.e. high grade ventricular/atrial ectopy, ST elevation/depression). Review previous test results for patients who have undergone other cardiac evaluations (i.e. catheterizations, echocardiography tests, and cardiac isoenzymes).
  3. Collect and collate data and ensure a correct exercise test data sheet is prepared and reviewed by a physician or clinical physiologist. Alert physician/clinical physiologist to any suspicious or abnormal findings. Under the direction of a physician, handle placement by venipuncture of a butterfly or angiocath catheter for prescribed tests or in situations where procedures are warranted.
  4. Maintain laboratory inventory; order supplies as needed to maintain stock par levels. Review medication inventory to replace expired pharmacological supplies. Maintain standing orders. Oversee maintenance needs of laboratory equipment; review status of equipment on a regular basis to ensure optimum operating condition.
  5. Provide technical expertise in training and/or educating medical students, students participating in an educational internship and attending Cardiology Fellows on a monthly basis. Review laboratory and equipment operational guidelines; act as a resource for orientation purposes.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree required in Exercise Physiology, Applied Health Science or equivalent.
  2. Certificate 1 required: Basic Life Support
  3. 0-1 years related work experience required.
  4. Six months clinical experience through internship or on job training at a hospital-based exercise laboratory.
  5. Understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology; familiarity with principles and techniques and outcomes of exercise testing.
  6. Knowledge of basic skills for interpretation of electrocardiograms.
  7. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
Competencies:
  1. Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.
  2. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  3. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.
  4. Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
  5. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
Age based Competencies:
Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Youth: 6 months to 16 years, Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus

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