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Program Title: Residency in Private Practice Vision Therapy and Pediatric Optometry
Program Type: Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Vision Care Specialists
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 30 Turnpike Road
Suite 7
Southborough, Massachusetts 01772
Phone Number: 508-481-8558
Fax Number: 508-848-3057
Email: drjohn@greatvisioncare.com
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Lerma, O.D.


Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL: http://www.sco.edu/vision-care-specialists

Program Description

Date Program Established: 10/2010
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the residency is to prepare optometrists to provide full-scope primary pediatric, vision therapy and vision rehabilitation optometric care by providing post-graduate clinical experience beyond that provided in the Doctor of Optometry program, in a setting that promotes excellence in patient care, education and research.


Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s examination skills in optometric primary care with an emphasis on functional vision disorders



Goal 2: Develop the resident’s expertise in vision therapy to a wide variety of patients.



Goal 3: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of refractive, physiological and pathological conditions of the eye, the adnexa, visual pathways and the central nervous system.



Goal 4: Expand the resident’s knowledge of specialized diagnostic instrumentation.



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



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



 


Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Monday - 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. Turesday - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The resident has the option of working every other Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in exchange for Vision Care Specialists paying for them to attend the annual College of Optometrists in Vision Development meeting in the fall.


Requirements for Completion:

A.  The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level that is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor, the Director of Residency Programs, and the SCO and Vision Care Specialists, PC. Normal clinic hours are from 9:00 A.M. until patient care is completed, usually around 7:00 P.M., Monday through Satruday with the resident working a five-day week. The resident is expected to be present in the clinic during all scheudled working hours, except when attending or delivering lectures or doing research. The resident will occasionally be required to be on call. 



B.  The resident is required to keep a record of patient contacts.  The Supervisor of the Residency Program,and the Director of Residency Programs will review the resident's activity periodically.



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 Vision Care Specialists, PC and Southern College of Optometry Residency Programs.



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 Vision Care Specialists, PC or those set forth by Southern College of Optometry, or 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: $40,000.00 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: John M. Abbondanza, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 508-481-8558
Fax:
E-mail Address: drjohn@greatvisioncare.com
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Lerma, O.D. Director of Residency Programs Southern College of Optometry 1245 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38014 901-722-3201 901-722-3244 (fax) clerma@sco.edu


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

 All applicants must complete the SCO application and return by January 30. Supporting documents should be submitted to the Director of Residency Programs of Southern College of Optometry no later than January 30. This program uses Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch). Applicants must complete the ORMatch application by the SCO deadline of January 30, to be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documentation is submitted to each entity involved, e.g., the College, ORMatch, and the residency site supervisor.




  1. You must have 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 an official transcript from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations and furnish official transcripts when available.

E. Three letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from the chief academic officer or clinical director of the institution. Two letters must be from full-time faculty members who have been most responsible for the clinical education of the applicant.

F. A brief essay stating reasons for applying to this program.

G. A personal interview is required at Vision Care Specialists.

H. Southern College of Optometry affirms that all residency candidates will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, color, creed, age, religion, national origin or disabilities.



Applicant must be eligible for a Massachusetts license.


Program Application Deadline: January 30

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