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Program Title: Primary Eye Care - Shiprock IHS
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Northern Navajo Medical Center
Program Location: Other Federal Facility
Program Address: Northern Navajo Medical Center
PO Box 160
Shiprock, New Mexico 87420
Phone Number: 505.368.7130
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: January 30th
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1993
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the residency program is to provide a comprehensive primary care optometry experience in a multi-disciplinary hospital setting for postdoctoral optometric practitioners to continue to cultivate their clinical and educational growth. Residents in this program will provide optimal patient and primary eye care to Native Americans of all ages in an educational-clinical setting that utilizes a multidisciplinary team of professionals to direct and carry out patient care. Fostering an appreciation for the culture of the Navajo people will help ensure that the resident becomes a caring and compassionate provider for all patients with diverse cultures.

Program Description:

Program Goals To strengthen the resident's primary care/ocular disease skills. To provide the resident with a practical understanding of the patient care components of an IHS health care system which may be representative of other health care systems that the resident will encounter in their future. Expand and enhance the resident's ocular and systemic health care knowledge base. Provide a forum for the development of the resident's interest in scholarly activity. Program Objectives Provide the resident with an extensive primary care patient base. Provide the resident with a variety of diverse, challenging, and complex cases such as anterior uveitis, ocular trauma, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal detachment, ocular infections, unusual refractive errors, and others. The resident will work within and develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary concept of health care. The resident will develop an understanding of the support services that are available within a medical center health care system. Require the resident to read at least two ocular health care journal articles per week, and encourage the resident to review other health care literature. The resident will develop an understanding of other health care disciplines. Require the resident to meet SCCO mandated deadlines in the process of manuscript preparation. Instruct and advise the resident in the preparation of clinical presentations. The resident will develop an understanding of, and experience the responsibilities of, an optometric educator.

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

12 months, August 1 to July 31 Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with 30 minutes for lunch. Optional four day 10 hour work week, 7:00am-5:30pm with 30 minutes for lunch Wednesday PM: OPEN for administrative/educational responsibilities Call Schedule There is an after-hours eye care call schedule. Responsibility is to be available to consult by phone with ER/urgent care providers approximately 3-5 days per month.

Requirements for Completion:

The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all required program aspects. The resident is required to read at least two ocular health care journal articles per week. The resident will be an active participant in the quarterly Navajo Area optometry journal club. The resident will present at least one continuing education lecture for the medical staff of NNMC. The resident will present one case at the IHS Biennial Eye Care Meeting in Fullerton, CA or the Navajo Area Indian Health Service Meeting in Durango, CO. The resident is required to submit a paper based upon original research, literature review, and/or clinical case or cases suitable f or publication in a peer reviewed optometric journal. 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.

Program Salary/Stipend: $63,594
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Leslie A. Meyer, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 505.368.7130
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Leslie A. Meyer, O.D. Northern Navajo Medical Center Eye Clinic PO Box 160 Shiprock, NM 87420 T: 505.368.7144 E:

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Prerequisites O.D. degree from accredited school or college of optometry (include transcript) Non U.S. citizens may be eligible if there are no qualified U.S. citizens available. Passage of NBEO (include official transcripts of NBEO scores) Optometric License must be obtained before civil service employment is obtained. Candidates must apply through the ORMatch Applicants must provide: A CV and letter of intent for applying to the program, including a statement of goals desired to be attained during the residency. An application must furnish complete transcripts of all optometric education. Three letters of reference. The following are suggestions of the appropriate individuals to compose the letters of reference: Clinical Director of the school or college of optometry from which the applicant has graduated or will graduate. Internal faculty members who have been responsible of the clinical education of the applicant. External faculty members who have been responsible for the clinical education of the applicant. An interview may be required and is strongly encouraged Selection Criteria: All completed applications will be evaluated by the program coordinator and other on-site faculty prior to ORMatch match day. Candidates are ranked according the following categories and weight: -GPA 15% -NBEO Scores 15% -Letters of Recommendation 20% -Letter of Intent 10% -Interview 20% -Special qualities/characteristics 20% (Including personality, motivation, professionalism, communication skills, willingness to learn, attitude, ability to work as part of a team, etc.)

Program Application Deadline: January 30th

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