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Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry
Program Site: Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center
Program Location: Other Federal Facility
Program Address: Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center
PO Box 467
Zuni, New Mexico 87327
Phone Number: 505-782-7485
Fax Number: 505-782-7489
Affiliation: Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Director of Residency Education:

Judy Tong, O.D. F.A.A.O.

Program Application Deadline: January 31st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/2011
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

To give residents exceptional knowledge, skills and abilities; and experience competently applying them in diagnosing and treating patients in a culturally and personally sensitive manner, in concert with other health disciplines, as a career platform leading to employment in a clinical, educational, research or administrative position.

Program Description:

The Zuni Optometry Residency in Primary Care is an accredited, one-year, hospital based program structured to develop resident knowledge, skills and abilities with broad clinical experience in diagnosing and treating patients of all ages in a culturally sensitive manner, in concert with other health disciplines; providing a career platform leading to employment in a clinical, educational, research or administrative position. Residents take first call and see a wide range of clinical conditions including a high incidence of diabetic eye disease including vitreous hemorrhage, common retinal detachments, maculopathies, trauma, high astigmatism, iritis, etc. Residents are mentored by two staff optometrists and daily collaborate with physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, optometric technicians, medical technologists, radiologists, etc. Residents are compensated with pay and benefits of the Federal Civil Service system. Residents enjoy living in the Zuni community set in the pristine 6,500 feet high desert between the Zuni Mountains and the New Mexico - Arizona border surrounded by National Parks and Monuments and unlimited outdoor venues.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: First week of August
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Rotation length: 12 months, August 1 - July 31. * Work Schedule; *The schedule is based on 2-week periods following a "flex schedule" providing 80 hours of work in each period with eight 9-hour workdays and one 8-hour day, with one weekday off. *The Eye Clinic is open from 08:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 18:00 all weekdays and closed on weekends and national holidays. The resident will also participate in after-hours call as designated by the Director. *Time allotment for each 2-week period: Clinic...................... 63.5 hours (80%) Didactic Activity...... 3.5 hours (4%) Meetings and Rounds 8.0 hours (10%) Scholarly Activity.... 5.0 hours (6%) TOTAL................. 80.0 hours (PLEASE REFER TO ZUNI WEBPAGE ON THE SCCO WEBSITE FOR A MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE SCHEDULE)

Requirements for Completion:

The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all required program aspects, which will be reviewed by the SCCO Director of Residency Programs, and the ZSU Residency Coordinator. The resident is required to provide patient care services at a level deemed satisfactory by the Residency Coordinator and faculty, in line with the highest levels of current optometric standards of practice. The resident is required to participate in the Navajo Area Indian Health Service (NAIHS) Residents Journal Club. The resident is required to submit a paper based upon original research, literature review, and/or clinical case or cases suitable for publication in a peer reviewed optometric journal. A topic for the case report or research project must be selected by the October 3rd; the abstract of the case report or research project is due on December 1st; the 1st and 2nd draft of the paper will be submitted by March 1st and May 1st respectively; and the final paper is due on July 2nd. The resident is expected to deliver patient care services in a professional manner and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesy that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing SCCO and the IHS. Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Residency Completion by the SCCO.

Program Salary/Stipend: $91,087 (GS 11-step 1 of Optometry Series 0662 Federal pay scale)
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Celia R. Baker, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 505-782-7485
Fax: 505-782-7489
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Celia R. Baker, OD,  Residency Coordinator, Zuni Hospital PO Box 467, Zuni NM 87327 W: 505-782-7485 F: 505-782-7489 E:

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Application Process Applications are processed through the ORMatch Must be a citizen of the United States of America. OD degree conferred by a school or college of optometry accredited by the ACOE. Applicants must furnish complete transcripts of all optometric education. NBEO success completing of all sections, including TMOD. Letter of intent including statement why the applicant is pursuing residency training and what goals they hope to achieve during the program. Applicants must hold a currently active and unrestricted license to practice optometry in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia that includes the use of therapeutic drugs to treat eye conditions prior to the beginning of the residency period. Completion of an interview with the Director is mandatory, preferably in person or when not feasible by telephone. Three letters of recommendation. Completed application must be submitted to the ORMatch no later than February 15th prior to the respective program start date. All applicants will be evaluated for selection without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities. Selection Procedure The Residency Coordinator evaluates all completed applications prior to ORMatch day. The Residency Coordinator and all members of the Optometry Department rank the residency candidates using a Potential Resident Grading Scale after the interview process and all required documents are received. These results are considered, however, the Residency Director makes the final selection using a systematic process based on the quality of the applicants' credentials as well as personal and professional characteristics. The ranking order will be identified by the Residency Coordinator and provided to the ORMatch. The name of the matched candidate will be provided to the SCCO's Director of Residency Programs, who will then make a recommendation for appointment of the selected candidate to the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. The matched candidate is then offered a written contract from SCCO for the residency position. Once selected, a candidate is required to apply through the USAJobs website for the ZSU optometry resident position, medical staff membership and privileges. It is mandatory that the resident be fingerprinted and a background check is completed at no charge to the resident. The ZSU maintains the right of refusal of any candidate.

Program Application Deadline: January 31st

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