New Search

Residency Name

Basic Information

Program Title: Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Type: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis: Cornea and Contact Lenses
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) 975-8545
Fax Number: (205) 934-6758
Email: agordon@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: February 15
Program URL: www.uab.edu/optometryresident

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1981
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Mission: The Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses aims to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists, allowing residents completing the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of expertise in the area of cornea and contact lenses such as academia, industry, and specialty private practice.


Program Description:

The mission of the Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise in the area of cornea and contact lenses, such as academia, industry, and specialty private practice. The residency is 53 weeks in length. The resident will examine, diagnose, prescribe for, and manage a substantial number of patients during the year. The resident will utilize virtually all contact lens designs and materials in both a primary care and specialty/referral context. The program is unique in that the resident can participate in a variety of external rotations during the year, including VisionAmerica of Birmingham. Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses Curriculum: The educational objectives, learning activities, and expected outcomes of the Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses include the following: Clinical Activities 1. Provision of optometric care to a large number (at least 1500 encounters) and diversity of patients with an emphasis in the area of cornea and contact lenses at the UABSO clinic and other approved external rotation sites near UABSO. 2. Appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers. 3. Rotations through various external sites. Rotations are intended to stimulate interdisciplinary interaction. At least two external rotations are focused on cornea and anterior segment care, including refractive surgery. Scholarly Activities 1. Completion of a paper suitable for publication in a refereed ophthalmic journal. 2. Encourage presentation of a poster to a continuing education program or scientific meeting. 3. Selection and presentation of articles in journal club. 4. Presentation of patients in grand rounds and case conference. 5. Presentation of at least two lectures to students, faculty, residents, and/or practitioners. 6. Clinical supervision of optometry students during the latter part of the program. 7. Organization and participation as an instructor in the UABSO GP Lens Workshop for third and fourth year optometry students. Didactic Activities 1. Attendance of weekly Residency Conference covering core topics of broad interest and specialty topics in cornea and contact lenses. 2. 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. 4. Participation in the RGPLI course for cornea and contact lenses residents at the beginning of the residency year and other industry sponsored workshops throughout the year. 5. Training for certification in the pre- and post-operative care of cataract and refractive surgery patients.


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: $41,456
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: Adam Gordon, O.D., M.P.H., Chief, Cornea and Contact Lens Service
Telephone: (205) 975-8545
Fax:
E-mail Address: agordon@uab.edu
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Adam Gordon, O.D., M.P.H. UAB School of Optometry 1716 University Boulevard Birmingham, AL 35294-0010 Or for information call 205-975-8545 agordon@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 February 15 deadline as described at http://www.natmatch.com/ormatch.html * 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: February 15

Additional Comments