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Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Memphis VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Nonconnah Outpatient Clinic
1689 Nonconnah Blvd., Suite 120
Memphis, Tennessee 38132
Phone Number: 901-523-8990
Fax Number: 901-577-7456
Email: james.williamson4@va.gov
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D.


Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL: http://www.sco.edu/memphis-vamc

Program Description

Date Program Established: 01/1994
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the residency is to prepare optometrists to provide ocular disease and full-scope primary care optometry by providing post-graduate clinical experience beyond that provided in the Doctor of Optometry program.


Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s skills in optometric ocular disease and primary care



Goal 2: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease.



Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge of specialized diagnostic instrumentation.



Goal 4: Increase the resident’s knowledge of systemic diseases and their treatment.



Goal 5: Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to fellow professionals.



Goal 6: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.


Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 6
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Four 10-hour days with a rotating non-clinical day (Monday, Tuesday or Friday), 7:30 a.m. until last patient is seen (usually 5:30 p.m.).  Wednesday mornings two rotating residents staff the fluorescein angiography clinic.


Requirements for Completion:

A.  The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor, the Director of Residency Programs, and the SCO and Memphis VAMC administrations.  Normal clinic hours are from 7:15 A.M. until patient care is completed, usually around 6:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, with the resident in clinic four days per week.



B.  The resident is required to keep a record of patient contacts.  Cases will be reviewed periodically by the Supervisor of the Residency Program, and the Director of Residency Programs.



C.  The resident is required to write a publication quality paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case.



D.  The resident will be required to deliver an oral presentation at the annual Resident Weekend, held on the campus at SCO.



E.  The resident is expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those proprieties of conduct and  courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing Memphis VAMC.



F. The resident is required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.



G.  Upon successful completion of the Residency Program, the Residency Supervisor and the Director of Residency Programs will recommend the granting of certification to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.



H.  Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of the Memphis VAMC or those set forth by Southern College of Optometry,  for any action which jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.





A resident rotating through a hospital based (or similar) residency program must adhere to all facility policies and procedures, including but not limited to, receiving all required immunizations or showing appropriate medical documentation that he/she is in full medical compliance with required immunizations.  In addition, if a resident cannot receive a flu or similar immunization due to potential allergic reaction, medical documentation must be made available to the Program Supervisor prior to the program's start date.  A resident should receive the required immunizations provided by the facility when appropriate.  Otherwise, any costs incurred will be the resident's responsibility.  Any grievances should be submitted in writing to SCO's Director for Residency Programs utilizing the procedures found in the Residency Handbook.



 


Program Salary/Stipend: $34,888.00 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
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: James Williamson, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 901-523-8990
Fax:
E-mail Address: james.williamson4@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Andrew Rixon, Acting Supervisor
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address: andrew.rixon@va.gov

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D., Director of Residency Programs, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, 901-722-3201 901-722-3244 (fax) cmengelt@sco.edu


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

A.  All applicants must complete the SCO application online at https://apps.sco.edu/scopt/ResidencyApplicant/Apply. All applicants must complete the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch), and provide all required supporting documentation by the deadline of January 30 to be considered for an SCO program.




  1. You must have already passed NBEO Part I, II and TMOD in order to apply to one of our programs through ORMatch.

  2. You must have passed NBEO Part III and ISE (if applicable) in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency program. 

  3. Those applying to a VA hospital or a state that does not require TMOD to obtain licensure are an exception if TMOD is not passed on first attempt.



B. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. 



C. Applicant will furnish a transcript to ORMatch from his/her school/college of optometry. 



D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for state licensure. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain the appropriate state license.



E. A personal interview will be required. 



F. The College affirms that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at or affiliated with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin.



 



 


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: January 30

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