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Program Title: Ocular Disease at Hu Hu Kam
Program Type: Ocular Disease, Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital
Program Location: Private Hospital
Program Address: Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital
PO Box 38
Sacaton, Arizona 85147
Phone Number: 602-271-7960 x 7326
Fax Number: 602-271-7872
Affiliation: Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Director of Residency Education:

Judy Tong, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: February 15th
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1996
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The fundamental mission of the Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital residency program is to provide qualified postdoctoral optometric practitioners with outstanding educational experiences focused on general care optometry and ocular disease with additional specialized skills within a medical center and public health care system.

The program strives to create an atmosphere that fosters compassionate appreciation for the needs of patients from all backgrounds, especially for the Native American population that the residency serves.

Program Description:

Program Goals

  • Strengthen the resident's primary eye care skills and ocular disease management.

  • Provide the resident with a practical understanding of their role as a member of each patient's health care team.

  • Expand the resident's health care knowledge base.

  • Provide a didactic education to enhance the resident's clinical decision making skills.

  • Provide the resident with the opportunity to become an effective educator.

Program Objectives

  • Ensure the resident performs a solid foundation of primary eye care evaluations.

  • Strengthen the resident's ability to diagnose, treat, and manage ocular pathology.

  • Give the resident experience in postoperative care.

  • Integrate the resident to the health care team model.

  • Ensure that the resident fully utilizes other hospital clinical and support services.

  • Give the resident an opportunity to observe ophthalmology subspecialties.

  • Expose the resident clinically to other health care disciplines.

  • Educate the resident as to the process of manuscript preparation.

  • Instill in the resident the importance of keeping up with new advances and management strategies in eye care.

  • Enhance the resident's ability to properly diagnose, treat and manage ocular pathology through regular care discussion.

  • Strengthen the resident's technical skills through systematic instruction and hands-on training covering basic and advanced clinical techniques via participation in clinical workshops.

  • Educate the resident as to the means to prepare and present a clinical lecture.

  • Give the resident an opportunity to mentor fourth-year optometry students.


Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Normal clinic hours are from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The resident carries a four day, 10 hour per day work schedule with one week day off each week to use as desired - either as an extra personal day or to moonlight at an off-site clinic to network and supplement the resident income.

The resident spends 80-90% of his/her time in direct patient care. Most of the time this will be served in the Eye Clinic, but on occasion it may include evaluation of patients in the Emergency Room, inpatients on the ward and quarterly involvement in Kid's Fest screenings at local schools.

Didactic training is emphasized through daily case discussion, weekly lectures and grand rounds, monthly journal review, quarterly work shops and assigned case reports.

Requirements for Completion:

Completion requirements are also included on the residency web page and include the following:

  • Submission of three case reports of publishable quality. A poster may be submitted in lieu of one case report.

  • Steady compliance with scholarly and didactic activities listed on the web site and residency brochure as well as reviewed at residency orientation.

  • Patient care must be satisfactory or outstanding, with steady improvement throughout the residency based on preceptor and Residency Coordinator evaluations.

  • Timely submission of all paperwork including quarterly and end of the year residency evaluations.

Program Salary/Stipend: $40,000.00
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: Mackenzie Black, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 602-271-7960 x 7326
Fax: 602-271-7872
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Mackenzie Black, OD, FAAO Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital PO Box 38 Sacaton, AZ 85147 T: 602-271-7960 x 7326 F: 602-271-7872 E:

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:


  • O.D. degree from accredited school or college of optometry (include transcripts)

  • Applicants must have attained or must currently have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a scale of 4.0 for the optometric education.

  • Passage of NBEO (include transcripts of NBEO scores)

  • Obtain a license to practice Optometry in the State of Arizona. It is mandatory to take and pass the Arizona State Board. The prerequisite may be satisfied during the first three months of the residency to allow time for the Arizona board to release licensure.

  • Candidates must apply through the ORMatch.

Applicant must provide:

  • Letter of intent stating the reasons for applying to the program.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae

  • Three letters of recommendation preferably from faculty members most responsible for the clinical education of the resident.

  • Official optometry school transcripts

  • Interviews will be requested of specific candidates based upon the quality of their credentials and application information.

Selection Criteria

Approximate weights are placed on each of the following categories by the resdiency coordinator and are applied in a uniform manner to all applicants:

  • GPA ~20%

  • NBEO Scores ~20%

  • Curriculum Vitae ~10%

  • Letter of Intent ~10%

  • Letters of Recommendaiton ~20%

  • Special qualities/characteristics ~20%

    • Maturity

    • Profressionalism

    • Compassion

    • Likability

    • Ability to get along with others

    • Personality that is complementary to clinic doctors and staff

    • Genuine affect

    • Native American Preference



Program Application Deadline: February 15th

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