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Program Title: Residency in Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry
Program Type: Geriatric Optometry, Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: Birmingham VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Birmingham VAMC
700 South 19th Street (124)
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
Phone Number: 205-933-8101 Ext. 5105
Fax Number:
Email: Bethany.Martinez@va.gov
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: http://www.birmingham.va.gov/BVAMC_OPTOMETRY_RESIDENCY_SITE.asp

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1982
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Mission Statement The mission of the residency in Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry at the Birmingham VAMC is to provide optometric residents with clinical experience in geriatric and rehabilitative optometry that goes beyond the general optometric four-year curriculum. The clinical training in the residency program will result in the resident's attainment of advanced competencies in eye, vision, health and rehabilitation care. The residency's comprehensive experience includes participation in the Birmingham VAMC Optometry Resident Clinic, Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center, Outpatient Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic, and the UAB School of Optometry's Residency Program. The residency's advanced didactic training and strong clinical foundation allow residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities that require a high level of clinical expertise, such as specialized optometric practice or academia.


Program Description:

The mission of the residency in Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry at the Birmingham VAMC is to provide optometric residents with clinical experience in geriatric and rehabilitative optometry that goes beyond the general optometric four-year curriculum. The clinical training in the residency program will result in the resident's attainment of advanced competencies in eye, vision, health and rehabilitation care. The residency's comprehensive experience includes participation in the Birmingham VAMC's Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center, Outpatient Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic, Geriatric Educational Programs, and the UAB School of Optometry's Residency Program. The residency's advanced didactic training and strong clinical foundation allow residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities that require a high level of clinical expertise, such as specialized optometric practice or academia. Residency in Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry Curriculum The educational objectives, learning activities, and expected outcomes of the Residency in Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry include the following: Clinical Activities Goal I: Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with an emphasis in geriatric optometry and low vision rehabilitative optometry 1. The resident will be exposed to a high diversity of clinical conditions. 2. The resident will have extensive opportunities for patient encounters with geriatric patients 3. The resident will have extensive opportunities for patient encounters with outpatient low vision rehabilitation patients 4. The resident will have extensive opportunities for patient encounters in comprehensive low vision/blind rehabilitation of profoundly visually impaired individuals during the Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC) rotation Scholarly Activities Goal II: Stimulate scholarly activity in the resident 1. The resident will be required to write a paper suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed ophthalmic journal. 2. The resident will be encouraged to present a poster or paper at a continuing education or scientific meeting. 3. The resident will be encouraged to participate in clinical teaching during the residency year. 4. The resident will be active in critically reviewing ophthalmic literature. The resident will be required to select and present at least 2 articles in journal club. 5. The resident will be required to recruit, research, and present at least 6 interesting patients (at least 3 patients 2 times per year) for grand rounds during the residency year. 6. The resident will be required to present a lecture to other residents, faculty, or staff in the latter part of the program. 7. The resident will be required to keep an activity log of clinical, scholarly, and didactic activities. Didactic Activities Goal III: Provide stimulating didactic activities for the resident 1. The resident will attend at least 5 Geriatric Noon Conferences or complete the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) self-study mini-course. 2. The resident will be required to attend weekly Residency Conference covering core topics of broad interest and specialty topics in other areas of optometry 3. The resident will be provided with authorized absence to attend continuing education or scientific meetings.


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

Residents are involved in direct patient care on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, and Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Each Wednesday morning, residents attend residency conference at our affiliate UABSO, where the majority of the didactic components of the program are addressed. Wednesday morning conferences include lectures and presentations, clinical procedures grand rounds, and journal club. Every Wednesday afternoon is set aside for scholarly activities, as well as rotations through specialty clinics of interest to the resident. The resident spends 40 hours per week in program-related activities but is expected to be available as needed for patient care. The work week is five 8 hour days, Monday through Friday, each week. The residency is a 12 month (52 week) full-time training program. There are no on call duties.


Requirements for Completion:

Criteria for Residency Completion Satisfactory completion of the objectives as set forth in the BVAMC Residency Mission, Goals, and Objectives statements (listed in "Program Description" section). Please note that the publishable quality paper is due prior to awarding of the residency certificate.


Program Salary/Stipend: $36,639
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: Bethany S. Martinez, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O., Director of Low Vision Optometry
Telephone: 205-933-8101 Ext. 5105
Fax:
E-mail Address: Bethany.Martinez@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Bethany S. Martinez, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O. Birmingham VAMC Optometry (112-C) 700 South 19th Street Birmingham, AL 35233 Or for information call 205-933-8101 Ext. 5105 Bethany.Martinez@va.gov


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

All UABSO residency programs utilize the ORMatch. Admission eligibility criteria include the following: * Applicant must comply with all ORMatch procedures and submit an ORMatch application with all supporting documentation by the February 15 deadline as described at 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 exam parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. * An in-person or telephone interview with each final applicant may be required. * The Birmingham VAMC affirms that all residency applicants are evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disability. Selection of Residents: The application process officially begins with the resident applying to ORMatch. First, the resident applicant will need to register with ORMatch by submitting a completed application form. Second, ORMatch recommends that the resident applicant contact the residency program coordinator (Dr. Martinez) and send all supporting documents to her. These supporting documents include a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, optometry transcripts, and NBEO scores. The applicant is also instructed to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to the residency program coordinator. Finally, the resident applicant should submit his or her ranking of residency program preferences to ORMatch by the deadline. Each Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative resident candidate is strongly encouraged to visit BVAMC, but a personal interview is not mandatory. Telephone interviews may be arranged if a visit cannot be scheduled. The interview typically consists of the visiting candidate meeting with Dr. Martinez (Residency Supervisor), Dr. Snow (Chief of Optometry), and Dr. Tidmore (Resident Attending). The candidate's meeting with Dr. Martinez includes a one-on-one interview, a review of the residency requirements, and a tour of the BVAMC Eye Clinics. The candidate may also obtain information about the residency from the current Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Residents. The candidate may also tour the UAB School of Optometry and/or other sites as desired. Following the interview, Dr. Martinez requests input regarding the candidate from the faculty and the current residents. The faculty and current residents meet and submit their proposed ranking of the candidates to Dr. Martinez in mid-February. Dr. Martinez tabulates the rankings, and she and Dr. Snow have a meeting regarding the rankings. Based on these discussions, the final ranking is determined. Finally, Dr. Martinez enters the official ranking into the ORMatch system. Official notification of matches is sent to all parties by ORMatch one week after the matching deadline date. Following the match, Dr. Martinez contacts the candidates and letters of appointment are sent to the incoming residents. Resident applicants who do not match will be informed of such by ORMatch. The names of residency programs which also did not match and the name of unmatched applicants will be available on the ORMatch website at the earliest possible date after the match. After official notification of non-matched status by ORMatch, interested parties can proceed with independent negotiation in filling residency programs.


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: February 15

Additional Comments

Resident must obtain a license in at least one state.