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Residency in Primary Care Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry
Program Site: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
1716 University Boulevard
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Phone Number: (205) 934-0366
Fax Number: (205) 934-6758
Email: jasims@uab.edu
Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Caroline B. Pate, O.D., F.A.A.O.


Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL: www.uab.edu/optometryresident

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1978
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Mission: The Residency in Primary Care Optometry provides advanced clinical training to post-graduate optometrists. This residency's comprehensive didactic experience, strong clinical foundation in primary eye care, and flexible system of rotations in other specialty areas of optometry allow residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise, such as academia or specialty private practice.


Program Description:

The Residency in Primary Care Optometry provides advanced clinical training to post-graduate optometrists. This residency's comprehensive didactic experience, strong clinical foundation in primary eye care, and flexible system of rotations in other areas of primary care optometry allow residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise, such as academia or specialty private practice. Residents spend 4 1/2 days a week providing direct primary eye care in the Residency Clinic and participating in affiliated specialty rotations. Heavy emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of problems in all areas of optometry including ocular therapeutics and pre- and post-operative surgical care. Conferences including grand rounds are presented on a weekly basis. Each resident is expected to write a paper suitable for publication in a refereed journal. Residency in Primary Care Optometry Curriculum: The educational objectives, learning activities, and expected outcomes of the Residency in Primary Care Optometry include the following: 1. Provision of optometric care to a large number and diversity of patients with an emphasis in primary eye care and other specialy areas of optometry selected by the resident at the UABSO campus clinics and other approved external rotation sites near UABSO. 2. Appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers. Rotations through various external sites are intended to stimulate interdisciplinary interaction 3. Completion of a paper suitable for publication in a refereed ophthalmic journal. 4. Poster or paper presentation at a continuing education or scientific meeting is encouraged. 5. Selection and presentation of articles in journal club. 6. Presentation of patients in grand rounds and case conference. 7. Presentation of a lecture related to family practice optometry to other residents and faculty during the latter part of the program. 8. Attendance of weekly Residency Conference covering core topics of broad interest and specialty topics in family practice optometry. 9. Attendance of continuing education courses. UABSO continuing education is free of charge, and the resident is given a $600 stipend and 10 days of leave to attend other continuing education or scientific meetings. 10. Attendance of UABSO Clinical Visiting Scholars programs offered throughout the year is encouraged. 11. Critically review manuscripts from the program's required reading list, which includes major landmark studies and other notable journal articles in the ophthalmic literature. 12. Training for certification in the pre- and post-operative care of cataract and refractive surgery patients. 13. Clinical supervision of optometry students during the latter part of the program. 14. Participation as an instructor in a clinical skills laboratory or course taught to second or third year optometry students at UABSO is encouraged. 15. Membership in local, state, and national optometric organizations which promote scholarly activity is encouraged.


Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: Third week of June
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Each resident is expected to participate in residency activities 40 hours per week. He/she is also expected to provide emergency coverage for the clinic during day, night, and weekend hours on a rotating basis. Outside employment by the resident during the residency is not allowed.


Requirements for Completion:

When a resident successfully completes the training program, the Director of Residency Programs recommends to the Dean the granting of a certificate. Criteria for residency completion include: * The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the faculty member in charge, the Residency Advisory Committee, and the administration. * The resident is required to keep a record of patient encounters. Cases are reviewed periodically by the Residency Supervisor. * The resident is required to write a paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case or case series suitable for publication in a refereed ophthalmic journal. * 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 the clinics of the School. * The resident is required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.


Program Salary/Stipend: $43,554
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Janene Sims, O.D., PhD, Supervisor of the Residency in Primary Care Optometry
Telephone: (205) 934-0366
Fax:
E-mail Address: jasims@uab.edu
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Janene Sims, OD, PhD UAB School of Optometry 1716 University Boulevard Birmingham, AL 35294-0010 or for more information call (205) 934-0366 jasims@uab.edu


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Application to Residencies All residency programs utilize the ORMatch residency matching service. Admission eligibility criteria include the following: * Applicant must comply with all ORMatch procedures and submit an ORMatch application with all supporting documentation (statement of interest, curriculum vitae, official optometry school transcripts, copy of full NBEO score report, and at least three letters of recommendation) by the January 31 deadline as described at http://www.natmatch.com/ormatch* Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation, from an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education accredited school or college of optometry. * Applicant must have passed parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. * Applicant must have a valid United States social security number at the time of application. * An interview by the committee with each final applicant may be required. * The University of Alabama at Birmingham affirms that all residency applicants are evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disability. Selection of Residents Prospective residents are encouraged to visit the program before the application deadline. Selection of residents for on-site programs is initially made by each Residency Supervisor. After ranking selections for each program, the selections are presented to the Residency Advisory Committee. The Residency Supervisors, Director of Residency Programs, and other committee members reach a consensus opinion and rank order the choices. The recommendation for resident selection then goes to the Dean, who has final responsibility for approval of the ranked list which is submitted to ORMatch. Once the ORMatch results are announced, the appropriate Residency Supervisor may telephone or e-mail the successful residency applicant to notify him/her of the decision to admit. A contract is then mailed for signature. The contract details the conditions of employment and is signed by the Director of Residency Programs and the Dean. The contract must be signed and returned by the applicant within a specified period of time. All records related to residency application and selection are filed in the office of the Administrative Associate to the Director of Residency Programs.


Program Application Deadline: January 31

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