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Program Title: Residency in Primary Eye Care
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Greenville, SC CBOC VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 41 Park Creek Drive

Greenville, South Carolina 29605
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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/greenville-va-outpatient-clinic

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2013
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of this residency program is to provide excellent optometric clinical training and education with a focus on deliverying compassionate primary and secondary eye care services to middle-aged and geriatric veterans in an outpatient clinic-based environment.


Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s skills in optometric 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 procedures.



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



Goal 5: Enhance the resident’s knowledge of low vision care.



Goal 6: Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to fellow professionals.



Goal 7: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.



 


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

Minimum of 40 hours per week will be required. The resident will provide emergency eye care services during regular clinic hours.


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 Greenville VAMC administrations. Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities: Minimum of 40 hours per week will be required. The resident will provide emergency eye care services during regular clinic hours. 



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 Greenville 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 Greenville VAMC 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: $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: Jordan Rockwell, O.D.
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E-mail Address: jordan.rockwell@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Lerma, O.D., Director of Residency Programs, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, clerma@sco.edu 901-722-3201. Jordan Rockwell, O.D., Residency Program Supervisor, Greenville VA Outpatient Clinic, 41 Park Creek Drive, Greenville, SC 29605


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

A. 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 required for state licensure and furnish official transcripts when available. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain a state optometry license.



E.  Three letters of recommendation are required.



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 affiliation with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin.





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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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