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Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System / Eye Clinic (123)
6900 N. Pecos Rd.
North Las Vegas, Nevada 89086
Phone Number: 702.791.9125
Fax Number: 702.791.9376
Email: lane.fujimoto@va.gov
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: http://www.ketchum.edu/index.php/academics/residency-programs-available

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2004
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

To provide optimal eye care in an advanced clinical and educational setting. The resident will be working as part of an interdisciplinary team and their ability to diagnose and manage ocular disease and the ophthalmic manifestation of systemic disease will be enhanced. Additionally, educational activities will be performed to promote optometric knowledge and research.


Program Description:

Program Goals





  1. To strengthen the resident’s optometric skills and train the resident in advanced competencies in ocular disease and secondary eye care, placing emphasis on the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, ophthalmic manifestations of systemic disease, and ophthalmic side effects of systemic medications.




  2. To expose the resident to interdisciplinary healthcare in an ambulatory environment.




  3. To develop the resident’s contribution to optometric education and research through didactic and scholarly activities.





Program Objectives





  1. The resident will be exposed to numerous encounters of direct patient care activities in primary and secondary eye care, to ophthalmic surgical techniques, to a variety of interesting case presentations, and to a variety of health care and ophthalmic literature.




  2. The resident will complete a thorough and accurate record of examination and be part of an interdisciplinary team.




  3. The resident will be guided in the process of lecture presentation, gain experience to become a clinical instructor and guided in the process of manuscript publication.





Duration of Residency Program



The residency will be one year in length commencing on July 1 and ending June 30.



Typical Daily or Weekly Schedule in Clinic





  • Clinic hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturday. The resident is required to remain until all patient care activities are concluded, which rarely extends beyond an hour. There are two different schedules that the resident will be required to rotate through depending upon the attending staff to whom he or she is assigned:



     





    1. Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.




    2. Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. , and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  






  • Clinical Conference: The first Friday afternoon of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., is reserved for our Clinical Conference where program faculty and guest speakers will lecture on various ocular topics and cases.




  • Residents' Case Conference: Each resident will present a total of nine case presentations to be held on the first Friday afternoon of each month starting in August and ending the following June. The cases will be presented to the optometric interns and staff of the Eye Clinic.





Facilities



The Eye Clinic is approximately 8,000 square feet with 15 examination lanes.  All of our examination lanes are equipped with either teaching tubes or slit lamp video cameras and a USB A-scan/B-scan unit.  The Eye Clinic has four Humphrey visual field perimeters; one Zeiss Cirrus unit with AngioPlex OCT angiography; two Heidelberg Spectralis units incorporating spectral domain OCT, fluorescein angiography, ICG angiography, and Bluepeak autofluorescence; two Topcon digital fundus camera systems; one EDI electrodiagnostics unit; one IOL Master; two Topcon I-Trace abberometer/corneal topography units;  ultrasound biomicroscopy units and corneal pachymeters.



Rotation through other Services



The resident will observe surgical procedures by a board certified ophthalmologist/retina specialist. If live observation is not available, the resident will observe surgical procedures via video.



Type and Number of Patients



VASNHS supports a predominantly geriatric population in an ambulatory care setting. The resident will be examining approximately 1,100 patients at the Eye Clinic of the VASNHS. Approximately 75% of the resident’s time will be spent in direct patient care; other activities include providing clinical preceptorship of Fourth-Year Optometric Interns, observation of ophthalmic surgery, administrative duties in quality management, didactic, and scholarly activities. The resident will perform full comprehensive primary and secondary eye examinations, consult with various health care practitioners and ophthalmologists in co-management of systemic conditions and ocular manifestations, prescribe oral and topical therapeutic medications, perform minor procedures, perform fluorescein angiography, and order laboratory and radiology studies as indicated for diagnosis and management.



Teaching Responsibilities





  • The resident will precept 4th year optometry interns during the final month of the residency program under the supervision of residency faculty.




  • The resident will instruct 4th year optometry interns during the final two quarters of the residency program about the techniques learned in the advanced procedures workshops.





Lecturing Opportunities





  • Residents' Case Conference: Each resident will present a total of nine case presentations to be held on the first Friday afternoon of each month starting in August and ending the following June. The cases will be presented to the optometric interns and staff of the Eye Clinic.




  • The resident will present a lecture to the residency faculty, fellow residents, and optometric interns during the final quarter of the residency program at the Friday Clinical Conference. The recommended topic is the subject of the residency thesis paper. Other topics may be considered with approval of the Program Coordinator.





Didactic Activities




  • Clinical Conference: The first Friday afternoon of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., is reserved for our Clinical Conference where program faculty and guest speakers will lecture on various ocular topics and cases.


  • Attendance at COPE approved continuing education courses during the residency year (recommended, but not required).




  • Advanced Procedures Workshop: The third Friday afternoon of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., is reserved for our Advanced Procedures Workshop for residents and interns. The resident is to gain proficiency in advanced procedures, including, but not limited to scleral indentation, fluorescein angiography, dilation and irrigation, venipuncture, fundus photography, and four mirror gonioscopy through a minimum of quarterly attendance at the Advanced Procedures Workshops.





Scholarly Activities





  • Producing a manuscript of publishable quality by the end of the residency.




  • Presenting a lecture on the residency thesis for the attendings, fellow residents, and interns at the VASNHS.




  • Presentation at the monthly residents' case conference




  • Participation in the AAO residents' day poster presentations (encouraged, but not required)




  • Participation in the SECO multimedia poster presentations (encouraged, but no required)




Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 5
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Typical Daily or Weekly Schedule in Clinic





  • Clinic hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturday. The resident is required to remain until all patient care activities are concluded, which rarely extends beyond an hour. There are two different schedules that the resident will be required to rotate through depending upon the attending staff to whom he or she is assigned:





    1. Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.




    2. Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. , and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  






  • Clinical Conference: The first Friday afternoon of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., is reserved for our Clinical Conference where program faculty and guest speakers will lecture on various ocular topics and cases.




  • Residents' Case Conference: Each resident will present a total of nine case presentations to be held on the first Friday afternoon of each month starting in August and ending the following June. The cases will be presented to the optometric interns and staff of the Eye Clinic.




Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for Residency Completion and Awarding of Certificate





  • Patient care and curriculum criteria must be met.




  • Reporting requirements, to include, but not necessarily limited to, Patient Encounter and Diagnosis Log, Faculty Evaluation, Resident Referral Log, Resident Activity Log, Resident Reading Log, and Final Evaluation of Residency Program must be met.




  • Final version of the resident thesis paper must be approved.




  • All multi-media and/or materials on loan to the resident must be returned.




  • Each resident must obtain a license to practice optometry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before completion of the first year of VA residency.




Program Salary/Stipend: $35586.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Lane T Fujimoto, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 702.791.9125
Fax: 702.791.9376
E-mail Address: lane.fujimoto@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Lane T. Fujimoto, O.D. Residency Program Coordinator VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Eye Clinic (123) 6900 N. Pecos Rd. North Las Vegas, NV 89086 702.791.9125 Fax 702.791.9376 Email: lane.fujimoto@va.gov


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection Procedure



Potential applicants are required to submit their applications to the optometry program via the Optometry Resident Match (ORMatch) and should contact the Program Coordinator via email or telephone expressing interest in the program and intent to apply. Candidates are highly encouraged to visit the clinic site in person to tour the facility and speak to the Program Coordinator, attending faculty and the current resident.



Candidates with a complete application file (ORMatch application, transcripts, NBEO and TMOD scores, and letters of recommendation) are to contact the Program Coordinator as specified on the ORMatch website. Individual interviews are conducted in person or by telephone conference call. The interview committee consists of:



Chief, Optometry Service, VASNHS, Las Vegas

Program Coordinator/Assistant Chief, Optometry, VASNHS, Las Vegas



In the individual interview, candidates are initially asked questions that include, but are not limited to, what motivates them to pursue residency training, why they are interested in our specific program, what their career aspirations are, and how they will enhance our program. Following the interviews, the Program Coordinator tabulates an overall score based on grade point average, NBEO I and II scores, TMOD scores, and interview scores. Candidates are ranked in each category, and then the rank is multiplied by a weighting factor for each category. The GPA is weighted as 1.0, NBEO part I is weighted as 1.0, NBEO part II is weighted as 1.0, TMOD is weighted at 1.0, and interview score is weighted the highest at 5.0. From this, an overall ranking is devised based on the sum of their weighted ranks in each category. From this overall ranking, a candidate may move up or down by up to 2 positions to account for other factors such as letters of recommendation, communication skills, clinical or work experience, and letter of intent.



The ranking of all candidates is submitted to ORMatch for matching.



Prerequisites





  • Earned an OD degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of graduation, from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry.




  • If the applicant is a citizen of a country other than the United States, that applicant may not be eligible for residency consideration.




  • Applicant must have taken and passed the TMOD and Basic and Clinical Sciences portions of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and furnish official copies of the results of this examination




  • Applicant must apply through the Optometry Resident Match (ORMatch) and follow the application guidelines. The application deadline is February 1.




  • A personal interview is required. The applicant should contact the residency program coordinator (Dr. Lane Fujimoto) to schedule an appointment for the interview.




  • Applicants should send application matching materials to Optometry Resident Match (ORMatch).




  • Three letters of reference are required from full-time faculty members who have been most responsible for the clinical education of the applicant.




  • Applications will be evaluated by the Veterans Affairs Residency Admissions Committee, which then recommends for appointment of the most qualified applicant to the Dean of Academic Affairs, SCCO. The chosen applicant is then offered a written contract from SCCO for the residency position.




  • If accepted, the applicant must provide official NBEO and official transcripts of their optometric education and submit them to the Director of External Programs at SCCO.





 


United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/57, Part II, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012.
Program Application Deadline: February 15th

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