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Ocular Disease Residency with an Emphasis in Primary Eye Care - Gallup IHS

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry
Program Site: Gallup Indian Medical Center, Eye Clinic
Program Location: Other Federal Facility
Program Address: Gallup Indian Medical Center - Eye Clinic
PO Box 1337
Gallup, New Mexico 87305
Phone Number: 505.722.1324
Fax Number:
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: February 15th
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1997
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The fundamental mission of this training program is to provide qualified postdoctoral optometry practitioners with an outstanding, full scope educational experience that will evolve them into exceptional, caring clinicians with broadened general skills and advanced competencies.  With the guidance of GSU Eye Clinic staff optometrists, each resident is trained to fully integrate their skills within a medical center and public health care system.  The residency program strives to create for each resident an atmosphere that fosters a compassionate appreciation for the needs of patients from all backgrounds and ages and a sense of caring for the Native American populace the residents serve.

Program Description:

Program Goals

  1. Strengthen the resident’s primary eye care skills

  2. Provide the resident with a practical understanding of the patient care components of a health care system

  3. Expand the resident’s health care knowledge base.

  4. Instill in the resident an appreciation for the significance of teaching, research and scholarly activity.

  5. Improve residents understanding of the Native American culture in the area.

Program Objectives

  1. Ensure each resident develops the skills to perform high quality primary eye care evaluations.

  2. Ensure that each resident can competently manage a wide variety of ocular disease.

  3. Familiarize each resident to the health care team concept

  4. Ensure that each resident fully utilizes other hospital clinical and supportive services

  5. Encourage each resident to review and discuss health care issues.

  6. Expose each resident clinically to other health care disciplines.

  7. Educate each resident as to the process of manuscript preparation.

  8. Enable each resident to share his or her knowledge through the process of a clinical presentation.

  9. Encourage opportunities for each resident to attend educationally rich meetings.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: First week of August
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Duration of the program: August 1 through July 31 The resident is scheduled in clinic 40 hours per week and takes call 7-10 days per month. (PLEASE SEE GALLUP WEBPAGE ON THE SCCO @ MBKU WEBSITE FOR A MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE SCHEDULE)

Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for Residency Completion and Awarding of Certificate 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 Gallup's 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: $91,997
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Alicia Thibodeaux, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 505.722.1324
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Alicia Thibodeaux, O.D., F.A.A.O Gallup Indian Medical Center, Eye Clinic PO Box 1337 Gallup, NM 87305 T: 505.722.1324 E:

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Applicant must earn an O.D. degree from accredited school or college of optometry with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 minimum.

  • Applicant must have U.S. Citizenship.

  • Completed application must be submitted to the ORMatch no later than February 15.

  • Applicants must provide 3 letters of recommendation, CV, letter of intent, and recent transcripts to residency coordinator.

  • Passage of all three NBEO examinations is required prior to the residency start date and ideally before the residency match date.

  • The residents must be eligible for licensure as an optometrist in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

  • An interview, typically in person but occasionally via a virtual platform or phone contact, will be requested of specific candidates based upon the quality of their credentials and application information.

  • Interviewed applicants will be ranked on the following: quality of their letter of intent, letters of recommendation, optometry school academic achievement, interview performance, professionalism, communication skills, interest in ocular disease, and miscellaneous qualities of character.

  • All residency applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical abilities.

Program Application Deadline: February 15th

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