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Ocular Disease at Hu Hu Kam

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
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: ORMatch application by January 31; Supplemental documentation to residency coordinator by February 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1996
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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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 vast array of primary eye care examinations.

  • 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 case 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.

Type and Number of Patients

Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital has approximately 50,000–60,000 patient visits a year. The facility has 16 beds and provides health care for over 20,000 patients within the Gila River Community. The hospital provides outpatient services including Optometry, Ophthalmology, Podiatry, Adult Medicine, Pediatrics and many more. Optometry residents are trained to provide comprehensive primary eye care primarily to members of the Native American population.

Teaching Responsibilities

The resident has the opportunity to mentor fourth-year optometry students. Although student precepting is not the primary responsibility of the resident doctor, residents do precept on occasion over the course of their residency.

Four to six student interns rotate through the site on a quarterly basis, and regular resident mentoring responsibilities include leading case discussions and grand rounds cases, preparing and delivering presentations on various topics, training on special testing equipment, leading regularly scheduled journal club meetings and general discussion on basic clinical information or new developments including anterior segment and fundus photo review.

Lecturing Opportunities

  • The resident will present lectures on a regular basis in the Eye Clinic to students and preceptors.

  • The resident will present a case report at the annual IHS conference and at Midwestern Residents' Day in Glendale Arizona. 

  • The resident may be involved in diabetic retinopathy discussions in the hospital wellness center.

  • The resident may present an ocular disease presentation to the medical staff.

Program Length:
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 occasional participation in screenings at local schools and local health fairs.

Didactic training is emphasized through daily case discussion, weekly lectures, grand rounds, journal club meetings, photo reviews, quarterly workshops and assigned case reports.

Rotation thruogh other Services:

  • Internal rotations include: Primary Care, Diabetes Care Program, Podiatry, Rheumatology, Laboratory and others based on availability (Pediatrics, Emergency Department, Pharmacy)

  • External rotations include: Retina, Glacuoma, Cataract, Oculoplastics and Cornea (as available)

Requirements for Completion:

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

  • CASE REPORTS:  The resident is required to write two case reports of publishable quality suitable for submission to a referred professional journal and that meet requirements set forth by the American Academy of Optometry for membership. The residency coordinator will help guide the resident with topic selection and preparation for the papers. A poster may be submitted in lieu of one case report.

  • OPTOMETRIC MEETINGS: The resident is required to attend and present a case report at the Indian Health Service meeting and Midwestern Residents’ Day. The resident is also required to attend a national optometric meeting, and is highly encouraged to fulfill this requirement via attendance at the American Academy of Optometry meeting.


    • Regular case discussions (grand rounds sessions), ocular disease photo reviews, student/resident lectures, journal club meetings and resident work shops

    • Monthly or bi-monthly retina clinic and monthly glaucoma clinic 

    • Kid’s clinic & Kids Fest pediatric screenings

    • Additional presentations and patient education opportunities, as scheduled

    • Hospital CME, as the clinic schedule allows

    • Internal and external observations

    • Staff meetings, monthly

    • Assigned residency projects

    • Completion of required reading list

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

  • TIMELY SUBMISSION OF REQUIRED PAPERWORK:   The resident is required to submit all paperwork including case reports and quarterly and end of the year residency evaluations in a timely fashion, as scheduled by the residency coordinator and/or SCCO. Quarterly requirements will also include resident participation in formal clinical quality assurance measures consisting of quarterly chart reviews and competency assessments.

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 a school or college accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (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.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

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

No candidate will be discriminated against based upon race, color, sex religion, creed, national origin, age, non-disqualifying physical impairment, or sexual orientation.


Program Application Deadline: ORMatch application by January 31; Supplemental documentation to residency coordinator by February 15

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