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NECO Center for Eye Care and Affiliates Residency in Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: NECO Center for Eye Care and Affiliates
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 424 Beacon Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone Number: (617) 587-5692
Fax Number:
Email: malkina@neco.edu
Affiliation: New England College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Nicole Quinn, OD, FAAO


Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
Program URL: https://www.neco.edu/academics/residency/residencies

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2020
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency’s mission is to provide advanced optometric training and experience in the delivery of vision rehabilitation care in varied health care settings. There is an emphasis on improved service delivery for patients with vision impairment with specialty clinics serving both geriatric and pediatric populations. Our vision rehabilitation service seeks to provide the most comprehensive rehabilitation available to our patients throughout Massachusetts and New England. ​Our service encompasses optometric rehabilitation including low vision rehabilitation, rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injury, care for patients with multiple disabilities and vision therapy.


Program Description:

GOALS:



●  To provide intensive clinical training to strengthen the resident’s expertise in the delivery of low vision services and vision therapy/vision rehabilitation. This will improve clinical decision making and will include the management of patients with a range of vision loss (mild/moderate loss through total blindness) and functional deficits (traumatic brain injury, binocular vision anomalies).



●  To develop the resident’s ability to be an active member of the health care team through effective decision-making, increased patient management responsibilities, and coordination of care within a multidisciplinary health care system.



●  To instill an appreciation of the importance of scholastic contribution and commitment to life-long learning by encouraging participation in scholarly activities and research.



●  To cultivate the resident’s ability to communicate and teach as an optometric educator and reinforce their own learning through clinical preceptorship of optometry students.



●  To prepare the resident for professional careers with leadership roles in the areas of advanced optometric rehabilitation including in education and research


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

SAMPLE SCHEDULE



Monday: Low Vision Patient Care 8-5

Tuesday: TBI/VT Patient Care 10-6

Wednesday: Low Vision Patient care 8-5 (75% of time); community observations 25% of time



Thursday: 1⁄2 day patient care (Individuals with Disabilities); 1⁄2 day research

Friday: Patient Care 8-5 (Primary Care/Low Vision)



The resident will have on call responsibilities at the NECO Center for Eye Care, approximately one week every five weeks.


Requirements for Completion:

▪  The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all program activities, which will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator and the Director of Residencies. The log will include patient demographics, services provided, and level of involvement in the care of the patient. The resident will also log non-clinical activities including community observations, continuing education, didactic experiences and others. The completed log must be submitted to the Program Coordinator every three months and at the end of the residency year.



▪  The resident is required to deliver patient care services at a satisfactory level at all clinical sites as determined by the clinical supervisors / preceptors.



▪  The resident is required to write a paper suitable for publication in a refereed optometric journal. The paper should be based upon a suitable clinical case or the resident's original research project. The initial draft of the paper is due April 1 to the Program Coordinator. The final paper will be due in June of the residency year.



▪  The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those properties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing each clinical facility at which the resident is assigned.



▪  The resident will be evaluated periodically by clinical faculty and informed of recommendations or suggestions made to enhance performance. Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by the College.



•  The resident will complete all NECO program and preceptor evaluations and questionnaires as required in a timely manner.


Program Salary/Stipend: $43,894
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: Alexis Malkin, O.D., Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: (617) 587-5692
Fax:
E-mail Address: malkina@neco.edu
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application instructions can be obtained from the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch) athttps://natmatch.com/ormatch.html​ or from Dr. Alexis Malkin, Residency Program Coordinator at  malkina@neco.edu​.



●  Applicant must have earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry prior to the onset of the program year. Official optometry school transcripts must be sent directly to the program coordinator.



●  The applicant must have passed all parts of the National Boards prior to the start of the residency year.



●  A letter of intent describing the applicant's reasons for applying to the program and the applicant's goals for the residency year.



●  Three letters of recommendation



●  Current curriculum vitae.


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Application instructions can be obtained from the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch) athttps://natmatch.com/ormatch.html​ or from Dr. Alexis Malkin, Residency Program Coordinator at  malkina@neco.edu​.



●  Applicant must have earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry prior to the onset of the program year. Official optometry school transcripts must be sent directly to the program coordinator.



●  The applicant must have passed all parts of the National Boards prior to the start of the residency year.



●  A letter of intent describing the applicant's reasons for applying to the program and the applicant's goals for the residency year.



●  Three letters of recommendation



●  Current curriculum vitae.



Application deadline is January 31,2022.



The residency application committee reviews all complete applications. Personal interviews are granted to those applicants who are determined to be strong candidates. Consideration will be given for virtual interviews given the COVID-19 pandemic.



All applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, age, citizenship, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.


Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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