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Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc.
Program Location: Other
Program Address: 11980 Mt. Vernon Ave.

Grand Terrace, California 92313
Phone Number: (951) 654-0803 x2280
Fax Number: (951) 487-6759
Affiliation: Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Director of Residency Education:

Joseph A. Pruitt, O.D., M.B.A., FAAO., is the Director of Eye Care and staff optometrist at RSBCIHI. Dr. Pruitt oversees all aspects of RSBCIHI’s Eye Care clinics and in doing so will also serve as the residency program coordinator. Dr. Pruitt completed a VA Residency in Geriatrics/Primary Eye Care. He currently holds faculty appointments at Western College of Optometry, Midwestern University Chicago College of Optometry, and Southern California College of Optometry.

Program Application Deadline: January 31st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/01/2020
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Optometric Residency in Primary Eye Care is to provide the resident doctor with comprehensive education and clinical training in all aspects of primary care optometry. The resident will expand their clinical knowledge by seeing both adult and pediatric patients, and patients requiring contact lens care, diagnosis of binocular anomalies, diagnosis, management and treatment of glaucoma, retinal disease, and urgent/emergency eye care needs.

Program Description:

The Primary Eye Care residency is 52 weeks in length.

Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. (RSBCIHI) consists of a consortium of nine (9) tribes located throughout Riverside and San Bernardino county service area. The consortium tribes are Agua Caliente, Cahuilla, Morongo, Pechanga, Ramona, San Manuel, Santa Rosa, Soboba, and Torres-Martinez. RSBCIHI’s services are provided to eligible Native American/Indian patients and their families. Eligibility is determined by the Board of Directors.

The mission of RSBCIHI is to provide culturally sensitive healthcare, respect and abide by traditional customs of our Indian communities, and promote wellness and provide early intervention to achieve healthy lifestyles. The Board of Directors and staff are working hand in hand with Indian communities to achieve our vision.

RSBCIHI consists of eight (8) locations: the main facility, which is home to RSBCIHI Administration, located in Grand Terrance (San Manuel Indian Health Clinic;) Anza (Anza Indian Health Clinic;) Banning (Morongo Indian Health Clinic;) Barstow (Barstow Indian Health Clinic;) Mountain Center (Santa Rosa;) San Jacinto (Soboba Indian Health Clinic.) Temecula (Pechanga Indian Health Clinic;) Thermal (Torres-Martinez Indian Health Clinic) Eye Clinics are currently located within six (6) of the eight (8) locations (Barstow, Banning, Grand Terrance, San Jacinto, and Temecula.) It is anticipated Eye Clinics will be at the three (3) remaining sites within the next 5 years. Resident(s) will see patients at all sites with an Eye Clinic.

The Eye Care Clinics offer full scope optometric care with the resources of a inter-disciplinary environment. For example, our Electronic Health Record (EHR) system allows for our optometrists to access all available health information, including laboratory work, radiology reports, and progress notes. With EHR, optometrists can electronically order medications, consults, and laboratory and/or radiology studies. Completed imaging, such as ophthalmic imaging, CT and MRI scans, carotid Doppler studies, and automated perimetry results, are readily available through the imaging component of the EHR. In the event of abnormal laboratory or radiology results, the ordering provider is alerted, so that the results can be conveyed immediately. In this environment, multiple providers can communicate with one another easily, so that a patient’s care can be coordinated appropriately. If during a primary care visit, a patient is found to have an urgent problem that requires a referral, the patient is commonly seen in the referral clinic that same day. The referring provider is then able to view the results of the consult as soon as the record is electronically signed.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: 08/01/2021
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Weekly hours depend upon clinical assignment for the week (40 hours weekly total), residents are expected to rotate as needed throughout our clinical locations. Below is a list of the clincal sites and the hours of operation. There is no weekend or oncall duties required. 

  1. San Manuel Indian Health Clinic: 11980 Mt. Vernon Ave. Grand Terrace, CA 92313

    1. Hours of operation: Monday – Wednesday (8:00am – 5:00pm) (lunch 12-1pm)

                                     Thursday – (8:00am – 7:00pm) (lunch 1-2pm)

                                     Friday – (8:00am – 2:00pm) (no lunch)

  2. Morongo Indian Health Clinic: 11555 ½ Potrero Rd. Banning, CA 92220

    1. Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (8:00am – 5:00pm, lunch 12-1pm)

                                     Tuesday – (8:00am – 7:00pm, lunch 1-2pm)

                                     Friday – (8:00am – 2:00pm, no lunch)

  3. Soboba Indian Health Clinic: 607 Donna Way. San Jacinto, CA 92583

    1. Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (8:00am – 5:00pm, lunch 12-1pm)

                                     Wednesday – (8:00am – 7:00pm, lunch 1-2pm)

                                     Friday – (8:00am – 2:00pm, no lunch)

  4. Pechanga Indian Health Clinic: 12784 Pechanga Rd. Temecula, CA 92390

    1. Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday (8:00am – 5:00pm, lunch 12-12:30pm)

                                     Friday – (8:00am – 2:00pm, no lunch)

  5. Barstow Indian Health Clinic: 170 Yucca Ave. Barstow, CA 92311

    1. Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday (8:00am – 5:00pm, lunch 12-12:30pm)

                                     Friday – (8:00am – 2:00pm, no lunch)

  6. Torres Martinez Indian Health Clinic: 66555 Martinez Rd. Thermal, CA 92274

    1. Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday (8:00am – 5:00pm, lunch 12-12:30pm)

                                     Friday – (8:00am – 2:00pm, no lunch)

Requirements for Completion:

• Direct Patient Care: Primary Eye Care encounters

The resident will have a minimum of 1,200 patient encounters in primary eye care clinic during the residency year. This will include all exams and procedures performed, precepted, and observed by the resident. Furthermore, at least 25 of the minimally required 1,200 patient encounters must involve one (1) of the following special optometric procedures:

- Injectible Pharmaceutical Agents (Diagnostic & Therapeutic)

- Lacrimal Duct Probing/Dilation/Irrigation

- Immunizations

- Anterior Stromal Puncture

- Biopsy of Eyelid Lesions

- Closure of Tear Drainage Structures

- Corneal Curettage

- Entropion Repair by Suture

- Incision, Drainage/Curettage, Destruction & Removal of Non-MalignantConjunctival & Eyelid Lesions

- Punctoplasty

- Anterior Segment Laser Procedures

• Presentations/Grand Rounds

The resident will participate in case report sessions held during regularly scheduled optometry grand rounds. Furthermore, the resident will be required to present at least one (1) time during said optometry grand rounds. Additionally, the resident will make at least one (1) presentation at grand rounds held at SCCO.

The resident will be required to attend at least five (5) education courses and/or didactic activities outside of RSBCIHI Eye Care events.

• Public Health/Community-based activities

The resident will participate in at least two (2) separate events participating in either a vision screening and/or presenting on vision-related health care topic to patients (e.g. presenting on Diabetic Retinopathy at patient informational forum.)

• Publishable quality paper

The resident will complete and submit a research paper, literature review, or clinical case reports of publishable quality to the residency program coordinator by the end of the residency. The process will be structured such that there will be clear deadlines on topic selection, first draft, and final manuscript due dates in order to enhance compliance.

Topic selection by: November 30th

First Draft due: January 30th

Final Manuscript due: April 1st

• Completion of all required residency/preceptor evaluations

Program Salary/Stipend: $51,500
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: Joseph Pruitt, Program Director
Telephone: (951) 654-0803 x2280
Fax: (951) 487-6759
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Chad Stockert
Telephone: (951) 849-4761 x1400
Fax: (951) 922-3945
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, NBEO scores, three letters of recommendation, and on-site or phone interviews are considered for selection. Applications are submitted through the OR Match Service. Potential residents will be contacted to schedule interviews. 

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Admissions eligibility criteria must include the requirement that prior to matriculation applicants must have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

Applicants must have passed Parts I and II of the NBEO examinations (including TMOD), and have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education by July 1 of the residency year. Although not required, preference will be given to applicants who have passed Part III of the NBEO examination as well.

A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, NBEO scores, three letters of recommendation, and on-site or phone interviews are considered for selection. Applications are submitted through the OR Match Service. Prior to residency completion, the applicant is required to obtain state licensure.

The ranking process for candidates considers all aspects of each application. While academic performance is heavily emphasized, additional consideration is given to candidates who demonstrate strong character, interpersonal skills, professionalism, and integrity. Once candidates are interviewed, a ranking will be assigned and sent to ORMatch prior to the matching deadline. In the event no match occurs, the selection process will continue outside the ORMatch matching system. Qualified candidates will be encouraged to apply.

Program Application Deadline: January 31st

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