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Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation
Program Location: Other Federal Facility
Program Address: Tuba City Health Care Corporation
PO Box 600
Tuba City, Arizona 86045
Phone Number: (928)283-2748
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 31, 2022
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/2011
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) Optometry Residency Program is to provide qualified postdoctoral optometry graduates with the advanced clinical education necessary to become practitioners who are able to deliver broad-based primary care and ocular disease management in a hospital-based setting. This program provides academic and clinical experiences that will enable residents to attain advanced competencies through expanding their knowledge base, strengthening their patient care skills, and participating in research and other scholarly activities. The residency program seeks to create an atmosphere that fosters an appreciation of culturally sensitive health care and the needs of an underserved area.

Program Description:

Program Goals:

1. To strengthen the resident's confidence and clinical skills in primary eye care and ocular disease management.

2. To expand the resident's knowledge and clinical proficiency with specialized diagnostic instrumentation.

3. To provide advanced optometric clinical training in a hospital-based setting.

4. To further develop the resident's knowledge base by researching the best current scientific information and assisting in the integration and application into patient care.

5. To instill in the resident the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective educator and communicator in the medical community through the presentation of clinical experiences and/or research.

Program Objectives:

1. To provide the resident with an extensive primary care patient base.

2. To strengthen the resident's ability to diagnose, treat and manage ocular disease by exposing the resident to a diverse range of patient encounters including, but not limited to, the following: acute and chronic ocular disease, trauma, and ocular related systemic disease.

3. To increase the resident's experience with pre- and post-operative care

4. To develop skills in performing and interpreting retinal imaging with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and ophthalmic ultrasonography (B-scan)

5. To develop skills in performing digital anterior segment and digital fundus photography

6. To establish competence in interfacing with practitioners in other health care disciplines and develop skills in providing coordinated care

7. To develop an understanding of the utilization of the support services that are available within a medical health care system

8. To observe ophthalmologic sub-specialists and other health care practitioners in a clinical setting

9. To instruct and advise the resident in the preparation and presentation of clinical lectures

10. To educate the resident on the process of manuscript preparation

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

The residency will be 12 months in length, beginning July 1 - June 30. Typically there will be 80 hours scheduled every two weeks; the resident will be on a flex schedule, with one weekday off during each two week period. Scheduling changes may be made to meet patient care demands of the clinics, available personnel, and the programs goals of the residency The breakdown of clinic, scholarly, and didactic hours are specified in the TCRHCC Residency Manual.

Requirements for Completion:

The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all program activities, which will be reviewed by the SCCO Dean of Academic Affairs, the SCCO Director of Residencies and the Program Coordinator. The resident is required to provide patient care services at a level deemed satisfactory to the Program Coordinator and faculty, in line with the highest levels of current optometric standards of practice. 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. 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 USPHS IHS.

Program Salary/Stipend: $69,448.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Breanne Flores, Residency Director
Telephone: (928)283-2748
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Ronda Olson, Co-residency Director
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Breanne Flores, O.D., F.A.A.O. Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation PO Box 600 Tuba City, AZ 86045 T: (928)283-2748 E:

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Prerequisites Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America. Applicants must have earned an O.D. degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Council on Optometric Education prior to the beginning of the residency program. The applicant must apply through the ORMatch and follow the application guidelines. The deadline for application submission is February 15. Applicant must have taken and passed all applicable parts of the NBEO examinations, including the TMOD. Applicants must provide TCRHCC residency program with the following: a letter of intent with goals outlined, official transcripts of all optometric education, official copies of NBEO scores, three letters of reference and a curriculum vitae. Ranking is as follows: Interview 20% GPA 20% NBEO scores 20% Letter of Intent 10% Letter of Recommendations 20% Special qualities/characteristics 20% Maturity Professionalism Communication Skills Attitude Ability to get along with others An interview is mandatory either in person or via telephone. Applicants must be eligible for licensure as an optometrist in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. All residency program applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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