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Program Title: Primary Eye Care Residency
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Main and Satellite Clinics, Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR)
Program Location:
Program Address: Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry
500 John WIll Harris
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-765-1915 ext. 2558
Fax Number: (787) 756-7351
Email: jlgalarz@inter.edu
Affiliation: Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education: Juan L. Galarza, OD
Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL: http://www.optonet.inter.edu/academic_offer/residency_program.asp

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/1998
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program:
Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the residency program is to provide Doctors of Optometry with advanced post-doctorate training to develop proficiency in primary care optometry, gain experiences within multi- disciplinary clinical settings, and obtain training in pre- and post- ophthalmic operative care. The program will also provide the resident with experience in teaching and research activities
Program Description:
One year residency program (August 18 through August 17)
Yearly stipend of $25,000 with benefits: Health Insurance benefits &
Professional Liability Protection
Workload: 80% (32 hours per week) Clinical, 20% (8 hours per week) Didactical
Resident will rotate through all specialty clinics, including but not limited to: contact lens, prosthetics, low vision, electro-diagnostic, pediatrics and learning disabilities.
Saturday Clinic approximately twice per month (weekdays exchange for those Saturdays)
Bilingual School's Setting with Spanish's speaking patients allowing the resident to reach competency in conversational spanish.
Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: Third week of August
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:
Workload: 80% (32 hours per week) Clinical, 20% (8 hours per week) Didactical
Clinic hours are 8 am to 5 pm.
Saturday Clinic approximately twice per month (weekdays exchange for those Saturdays)
Requirements for Completion:
Optometry License in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
Completion of Part I, II, III and TMOD of National Boards Examination in Optometry (NBEO)
Successful Clinical & Didactic evaluations
Publishable quality paper
Program Salary/Stipend: 25,000
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: Juan L Galarza, Director of Residency Program
Telephone: 787-765-1915 ext. 2558
Fax: (787) 756-7351
E-mail Address: jlgalarz@inter.edu
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Katerin A Ortiz, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: kortiz@inter.edu
Fax: (787) 756-7351
E-mail Address: kortiz@inter.edu

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures: 1. Candidates must complete an application through the ORMS website. Deadline: February 1. For more information, refer to the ORMS Webpage.
2. All serious applicants are encouraged to arrange a site visit.
Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria: 1. Applicant must have successfully completed part I, II and TMOD of National Boards of Examiners in Optometry as a requisite for admission to the residency program.
2. Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
3. Recommendation letters: Three (3) are requested. One should be from clinical director from graduating institution or chief academic officer. Two others from full time faculty members who have been involved with the applicant's education.
4. A brief essay stating reasons for applying to a program which is addressed to the primary eye care is requested.
5. Applicant should submit Curriculum Vitae and be available for interview.
6. Knowledge of basic conversational Spanish language is required to communicate with majority of patient population although English language is the official written language.
7. Candidates must have earned a degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of Optometry accredited by the Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency program.
IAUPR affirm that all candidates are evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, origin or disabilities.
Program Application Deadline: February 1

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