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Two Year Advanced Residency in Ocular Disease & Neuro-Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease, Neuro-Optometry
Program Site: The Eye Institute of Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: The Eye Institute
1200 W Godfrey Ave
Phildelphia, Pennsylvania 19141
Phone Number: (215) 276-6180
Fax Number: (215) 276-6276
Email: bminhas@salus.edu
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Bhawan K Minhas, O.D., F.A.A.O. Director of On-Campus Residency Programs The Eye Institute of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University 1200 W Godfrey Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19141 215-276-6180 bminhas@salus.edu


Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
Program URL: https://www.salus.edu/Colleges/Optometry/Residency-Programs/Neuro-Ophthalmic-Disease.aspx

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2015
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency Program in Ocular Disease & Neuro-Optometry at The Eye Institute of Salus University is to recruit qualified post-graduate optometrists; to train the optometrist in secondary patient care and gain exposure to tertiary specialty patient care through clinical management and co-management experiences in a broad range of neuro-ophthalmic disease; to provide an orientation and an ongoing didactic program throughout the year; to promote advancement of skills as an educator and self-learner; and to provide a suitable environment in which the resident can flourish. The nature of the patient population at The Eye Institute provides the foundation for the resident to hone his/her skills to a level of expertise in the specialty area of neuro-ophthalmic disease. The resident will achieve the objectives of the program through an appropriate level of collaboration with highly-trained expert specialty clinical faculty comprised of optometrists, as well as general and subspecialty physicians (both on-site and off-site), leading to the resident's clinical autonomy as a neuro-ophthalmic disease specialist.


Program Description:

The Ocular Disease & Neuro-Optometry residency is a two year program. During the 1st year, the resident is typically assigned 40-44 hours per week, and an average of every other Saturday. The Resident spends a total of three to four days in the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease Service, and the remaining time is in other patient care services, as well as in various educational activities. The resident will share on-call responsibilities with other residents in the program. The resident is also required to attend lectures and conferences which are scheduled outside of normal patient care responsibilities. During the 2nd year of the program, the resident will participate in patient care primarily in the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease service. During this year the resident will also further expand their skills in treating and managing neuro-ophthalmic disease through collaboration with highly-trained expert specialty clinical faculty comprised of optometrists, as well as general and subspecialty physicians in fields such as neurology, neuro-radiology, neuro-ophthalmology and neuro-surgery. The resident will be expected to travel to off-site locations for portions of this training.


Program Length: 2 years
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

On average the resident will work 40-44 hours per week and every other Saturday. In addition, there are a number of didactic lectures and conferences which can vary from week to week. Our residents are on-call 4-5 weeks throughout the program year, but are heavily supported during these sessions.


Requirements for Completion:

In order to successfully complete the Ocular Disease & Neuro-Optometry residency, the following criteria must be met: attendance at all clinical assignments, attendance at assigned lectures and conferences, acceptable level of performance in all areas of the program based on Resident evaluations, attendance of one optometric meeting of the Resident's choosing, presentation of a COPE-approved Grand Rounds lecture, submission of one peer reviewed abstract for a poster/presentation each year of the program, and completion of a publishable quality manuscript.


Program Salary/Stipend: First year: $48,050; Second year: $80,000
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: Kelly Malloy, O.D.. F.A.A.O, Dipl
Telephone: (215) 276-6180
Fax: (215) 276-6276
E-mail Address: kmalloy@salus.edu
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Erin Draper, O.D.. F.A.A.O
Telephone: (215) 276-6180
Fax: (215) 276-6276
E-mail Address: edraper@salus.edu

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Bhawan K Minhas, O.D., F.A.A.O. Director of On-Campus Residency Programs The Eye Institute of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University 1200 W Godfrey Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19141 215-276-6180 bminhas@salus.edu


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Beginning in October 2012, all residency applications can be submitted via ORMatch. Candidates must also submit a letter of interest, current resume/curriculum vitae, current optometric transcripts, current NBEO transcripts, and three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to candidate’s clinical abilities. Once all required documents are received, a decision will be made as to whether or not the candidate will be invited for an interview. Candidates are then ranked in ORMatch.


Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Additional Comments

The Two Year Advanced Residency in Ocular Disease & Neuro-Optometry is a two year program with a total duration of 104 weeks. We are currently accepting one resident each year for the program.