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Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry, Ocular Disease
Program Site: Santa Fe Indian Hospital
Program Location: Other Federal Facility
Program Address: 1700 Cerrillos Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Phone Number: 505-946-9223
Fax Number: 505-946-9556
Affiliation: Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Director of Residency Education:

Judy Tong, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Program Application Deadline: February 1st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/01/2015
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the residency program is to provide a comprehensive experience in primary care optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease in a multi-disciplinary hospital setting for postdoctoral optometric practitioners to continue to cultivate their clinical and educational growth. Residents in this program will provide optimal patient and primary eye care to Native Americans of all ages in an educational-clinical setting that utilizes a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to direct and carry out patient care. Fostering an appreciation for the culture of the Pueblos of Northern New Mexico will help insure that the resident appreciates and becomes a caring and compassionate provider for all patients with diverse cultures.

Program Description:

Program Goals

1. Strengthen the resident’s primary care skills.

2. To provide the resident with a practical understanding of the patient care components of an IHS health care system which may be representative of other health care systems that the resident will encounter in their future.

3. Expand and enhance the resident’s ocular and systemic health care knowledge base.

4. Provide a forum for the development of the resident’s interest in scholarly activity.

Program Objectives

1. Provide the resident with an extensive primary care patient base of all ages.

2. Provide the resident with a variety of diverse, challenging, and complex cases such as anterior uveitis, ocular trauma, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal detachment, ocular infections, unusual refractive errors, and others.

3. The resident will work within and develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary concept of health care.

4. The resident will develop an understanding of the support services that are available within a medical center health care system.

5. Require the resident to read at least one ocular health care journal article per week, and encourage the resident to review other health care literature.

6. The resident will develop an understanding of other health care disciplines.

7. Require the resident to meet SCCO @ MBKU mandated deadlines in the process of manuscript preparation.

8. Instruct and advise the resident in the preparation of clinical presentations. 9.The resident will develop an understanding of and experience the responsibilities of an optometric educator

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: August 1st (sometimes end of July based on pay period calendar)
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Typical Daily or Weekly Schedule in Clinic •Duration of program: August 1st to July 31st. Clinic hours: Monday through Friday (8:00am – 5:00pm) with lunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Hours can change based on administrative changes to program. 40 hr work week scheduled per week). The resident will be expected to take urgent care/after hours clinic calls when deemed appropriate. Clinical care patient centered, and clinic hours/lunch period are dependent upon completion of patient care. Rotation Through Other Services The resident rotates through Ophthalmology sub-specialties observing surgery in Santa Fe, NM and Albuquerque, NM at sites that are utilized for referred care. The resident may also provide care at outlying clinics/facilities within 50 miles on occasion. Provide care in Fall for community outreach programs, including Headstart Program.

Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for Residency Completion and Awarding of Certificate

•The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all required program aspects, which will be reviewed by the SCCO @ MBKU Assistant Dean of Residencies, and the SFIH Residency Coordinator.

•The resident is required to provide patient care services at a level deemed satisfactory by the Residency Coordinator and faculty, in line with the highest levels of current optometric standards of practice.

•The resident is required to participate in the Navajo Area Indian Health Service (NAIHS) Residents Journal Club.

•The resident is required to submit a paper based upon original research, literature review, and/or clinical case or cases suitable for publication in a peer reviewed optometric journal. A topic for the case report or research project must be selected by the October 3rd; the abstract of the case report or research project is due on December 1st; the 1st and 2nd draft of the paper will be submitted by March 1st and May 1st respectively; and the final paper is due on July 2nd.

•The resident is expected to deliver patient care services in a professional manner and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesy that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing SCCO @ MBKU and the IHS.

•Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Residency Completion by the SCCO @ MBKU.

Program Salary/Stipend: The annual stipend approximately $91,087, Step 1 in the federal pay scale system which is determined annually) with biweekly disbursements for the 12 months paid through IHS
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Paula Johns, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 505-946-9223
Fax: 505-946-9556
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

See Above

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

•Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America.

•Applicants must have earned an O.D. degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the beginning of the residency program.

•The resident is required prior to start and maintain throughout residency, licensure as an optometrist in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

•The applicant must apply through the National Matching Service (ORMatch) and follow the application guidelines. The deadline for all application materials is February 1st.

•Applicant must have taken and passed all applicable parts of the NBEO examinations, including the TMOD.

•Applicants must provide SFIH residency program with the following: a letter of intent with goals outlined, official transcripts of all optometric education, official copies of NBEO scores, three letters of reference and a curriculum vitae.

•Ranking is as follows: ◦Interview 20% ◦GPA 15% ◦NBEO scores 15% ◦Letter of Intent 10% ◦Letter of Recommendations 20% ◦Special qualities/characteristics 20% ◾Maturity / Compassion ◾Professionalism ◾Communication Skills ◾Attitude ◾Ability to get along with others ◾Work Ethic / Punctuality for past clinical assignments ◾Past preceptor inquiry ◾Professional Goals ◾Clinical Performance History

•An interview is mandatory either in person or via telephone.

•Applicants must obtain censure as an optometrist in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia prior to starting residency.

•All residency program applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

Program Application Deadline: February 1st

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