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Tséhootsooí Medical Center, Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Inc.

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry
Program Site: Tséhootsooí Medical Center
Program Location: Other Federal Facility
Program Address: PO Box 649/Corner of N7&N12

Fort Defiance, Arizona 85604
Phone Number: 928-729-8925
Fax Number: 928-729-8936
Affiliation: Arizona College of Optometry, Midwestern University
Director of Residency Education:

Laura Addy, OD, FAAO

Director of Residencies

Midwestern University Eye Institute

5865 W Utopia Rd.

Glendale, AZ  85308

(623) 806.7267 

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/2017
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Tséhootsooí Medical Center residency program is to provide qualified postdoctoral optometry graduates with an advanced educational experience in diagnosis and management of ocular disease in a hospital-based setting concentrated on public health care.

Program Description:

The vision of the program is to instill an attitude of life-long learning that that is focused on high quality, safe, patient centered care. The program strives to create a culturally competent and compassionate atmosphere with an appreciated to treat the needs of Navajo patients respectfully. Residents will receive clinical and didactic training that will insure the development of advanced competencies in eye, vision, and health care.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: August 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Forty regularly scheduled hours every week, with a four day work week and one weekday off. The resident will also participate in being on call one week per month during the course of the residency.

Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for Residency Completion and Awarding of Certificate:

* The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all required program activities, which will be reviewed by the MWU-AZCOPT Dean of Academic Affairs, the MWU-AZCOPT Director of Residencies and the Residency Coordinator

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

* 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 October 1st; 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 1st.

* 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 AZCOPT and TMC.

* Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Residency Completion) by MWU-AZCOPT.

Program Salary/Stipend: $88,778 (including sign-on and relocation incentives)
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Other: up to $3500 for continuing education expenses
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Irina Andrushenko, Dr.
Telephone: 928-729-8925
Fax: 928-729-8936
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:


* A completed application must be submitted to the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) no later than January 31 of the year during which the applicant is applying for a residency.

* ORMatch applications require three letters of recommendation. The following are suggestions of the appropriate individuals to compose the letters of reference:

     1. Clinical Director of the school of college of optometry from which the applicant has graduated or will graduate.

     2. Internal and external faculty members who have been responsible of the clinical education of the applicant.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Admissions Eligibility Criteria:

* Applicants must have earned an OD degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) prior to the beginning of the residency program.

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

* Applicants must furnish complete transcripts of all optometric education.

* Applicant must have taken and passed all applicable parts of the NBEO examinations, including the TMOD, and furnish the TMC Residency Program with official copies of the results.

* Applicants must provide a letter of intent when applying, including a description for why they are pursing the residency program.

* Applicants must be eligible for licensure as an optometrist in any of the 50 US States or the District of Columbia.

* An interview is mandatory either in person or via telephone. A personal interview, although not required, is strongly encouraged.

Selection Procedure:

* The Residency Coordinator evaluates all completed applications prior to ORMatch match day.

* The Residency Coordinator ranks the candidates using a systematic process based on the quality of the applicants' credentials as well as personal and professional characteristics.

* The ranking order will be identified by the Residency Coordinator and provided to the ORMatch.

* The name of the matching applicant will be provided to the MWU-AZCOPT Director of Residencies who will then make a recommendation for appointment of the selected applicant.

* The matched applicant is then offered a written contract from TMC for the residency position.

* Once selected, an applicant is required to apply for the TMC optometry resident position. It is mandatory that the resident be fingerprinted and a background check is completed at no charge to the resident.

* TMC maintains the right of refusal of any candidate.


Program Application Deadline: January 31

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