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Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Kaiser Permanente Washington - Seattle
Program Location: Other
Program Address: Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Eye Clinic
9720 Fourth Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98115
Phone Number: 206.527.6588
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: February 15th
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/2007
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Kaiser Permanente Residency in Primary Care Optometry seeks to provide optometric graduates with the experience, skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to work effectively as a primary eye care clinician, and as an entry point into the health care system. Our resident will receive advanced clinical training and experience in the diagnosis and management of ocular health and visual function, as well as ophthalmic manifestations of systemic disease and medications. The resident will develop an appreciation of the patient as an individual faced with multiple life and health care challenges.

Program Description:

1.To enhance the resident's clinical experience in primary and secondary optometric care. 2.To enhance the resident's skill set in primary and secondary optometric care. 3.To expand the resident's skills, experience, and knowledge base in ocular disease detection, diagnosis, management; secondary and tertiary eye care; and, ocular manifestations of systemic disorders and medications. 4.To gain experience as an integral member of a multidisciplinary health care team, with the interactive skills and knowledge base for successful communication with non-ophthalmic health care disciplines; to recognize the importance of a multidisciplinary, coordinated approach to health care delivery; and, to develop an appreciation of the patient as an individual faced with multiple life and health care challenges. 5.To develop the resident's ability to present ophthalmic information to health care professionals, as well as to the lay public. 6.To develop the resident's appreciation for scholarly activities and lifelong learning.

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

The usual weekly hours of resident's attendance will be Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., with one hour for lunch time. The resident is required, however, to remain until all patient care activities are concluded, which rarely extends beyond an additional hour. Four weeks of after-hours call (evenings, weekends, and possible holidays) with supervisory staff will be required as part of the residency experience, with one week during each quarter of the program. Each after-hours call week commences at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and extends to 5:00 p.m. the following Friday. During that time, the resident is required to be available by phone and pager, and in-clinic if needed, for urgent consultations and acute ophthalmic care, if called. Choice of call weeks is negotiable. (PLEASE SEE KAISER PERMANENTE - NORTHGATE'S WEBPAGE ON THE SCCO WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS ON SCHEDULING AND ROTATIONS)

Requirements for Completion:


Program Salary/Stipend: $35,081.31
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: Gelea N. Ice, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 206.302.1606
Fax: 206.527-6570
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Gelea Ice, O.D., Eye Clinic, Kaiser Permanente Northgate Medical Center, 9720 - Fourth Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115 T: 206.302.1606 E:

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

*Attainment of the O.D. degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association. *Successful completion of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO). *Applicants must satisfy all requirements to allow for Washington State optometric licensure. This includes successful completion of NBEO Part III and passing the Washington State Board of Optometry Law Exam. *Applicants must submit 3 letters of reference from faculty members responsible for their clinical education. *A personal interview is required. *Applicants chosen for the program will need to submit formal application materials for employment by Kaiser Permanente / Washington Permanente Medical Group. *Applicants may apply directly to the Optometric Residency Program Coordinator, or through the ORMatch. On or before February 1st of the residency year applicants should have on file with the Optometry Residency Program Coordinator (Dr. Gelea Ice): *A current curriculum vitae (CV). *A one-page letter of intent, discussing the reasons for pursuing residency training, in general, and this program, in particular; expectations from the residency experience; any interested areas of specialization; and, future professional goals. *Official transcripts of work completed in professional school. *NBEO transcripts of completed sections. *Letters of recommendation from three faculty members closely acquainted with the applicant's clinical proficiency.

Program Application Deadline: February 15th

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