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Residency in Ocular Disease, with Emphasis in Refractive and Ocular Surgery

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Refractive and Ocular Surgery
Program Site: Louisiana Family Eyecare
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1431 Ochsner Boulevard, Suite A

Covington, Louisiana 70433
Phone Number: 9858757898
Fax Number:
Email: dramy@lafamilyeyecare.com
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D., Director of Residency Programs, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN  38104, 901-722-3201 (Ph), 901-722-3244 (fax), cmengelt@sco.edu


Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL: https://www.sco.edu/louisiana-family-eyecare

Program Description

Date Program Established: New program established October 2020
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Residency in Ocular Disease with Emphasis in Refractive and Ocular Surgery at Louisiana Family Eyecare (LFE) provides post-graduate optometrists with advanced clinical education in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease in a high-volume, fullscope private practice. Uniquely, this program is devoted to training residents in emergency ocular services, periocular surgical procedures, and optometric laser therapy within the expanded scope of Louisiana’s practice law. Additionally, practice management skills will be reviewed within the private practice setting.



Upon completing this intensive, hands-on residency program, optometrists will gain the confident expertise to serve the profession as leaders in optometric patient care, having been provided the best possible preparation for introducing surgical care into their practices, and becoming advocates for full-scope optometry within their communities.


Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the resident's expertise in the diagnosis and management of visual disorders and ocular disease.



Goal 2: Strengthen the resident's examination skills proficiencies.



Goal 3: Develop resident's skills in optometric laser and periocular surgeries



Goal 4: Expand the resident's knowledge of specialized diagnostic procedures, diagnostic instrumentation, and therapeutic procedures.



Goal 5: Expand the resident's knowledge in the care of refractive patients.



Goal 6: Expand the resident's knowledge in the pre- and post-operative care of refractive ophthalmic surgery patients.



Goal 7: Increase the resident's knowledge of systemic diseases and their treatment.



Goal 8: Develop the resident's skill in presenting topics to fellow healthcare professionals.



Goal 9: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.



Goal 10: Provide the resident with the opportunity to become an effective clinical educator.



Goal 11: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of optometric advocacy as a legislated profession.



Goal 12: The resident will acquire a practical understanding of patient coding, billing, and practice management in a primary eye care clinical setting.


Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: September 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The office is open from 9:00 A.M. until patient care is completed, usually around 5:00 P.M., with a 1-hour break scheduled for lunch & professional development, Monday through Friday. On-call services are required after 8 weeks of training and are an integral part of the educational process. It is anticipated the resident will be on-call a maximum of 1-2 weeks per month and will always have access to other LFE doctors for on-call consultation. "On-call" shall be defined as the period of time for which the resident is responsible for responding to urgent/emergent after-hours calls for the provision of medical eye care services. In addition, the resident may be required to work one or more days a week at the LFE satellite office, the Eye Clinic. This clinic is located 3.5 miles or 10 minutes away from the main office in Covington, LA and serves a primarily low-income, highhealth risk population. The Resident will gain clinical and surgical experience at the Louisiana Family Eyecare and its satellite office, The Eye Clinic. The two offices are located 3.5 miles apart and are furnished with cutting edge diagnostic instrumentation, electronic records, and dedicated staff. The resident may also be expected to provide telehealth care virtually as part of the patient care schedule. At the least, the resident will meet on a weekly basis with the residency supervisor for discussion of current cases. The exact schedule for clinical rotations will be determined by the residency supervisor. As available, additional clinic experience is highly encouraged shadowing local ophthalmologists who provide our office referral and comanagment patient care in the following subspecialities: retinal-vitreal disease, neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus surgery, anterior segment disease, oculoplastics, and refractive surgeries.


Requirements for Completion:

A. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor of Louisiana Family Eyecare, Director of Residency Programs, and the SCO administration.



B. The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts. Cases will be reviewed periodically by the Residency Supervisor at LFE and the Director of Residency Programs when appropriate.



C. The resident will be required to write a paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case for publication in an acceptable professional journal.



D. The resident will be required to deliver an oral presentation at the annual Resident Weekend, held on the campus at SCO.



E. The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing Louisiana Family Eyecare.



F. The resident will be expected to assist with any continuing education programs provided at LFE and in community service events LFE participates in.



G. The resident will be required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.



H. Upon successful completion of the Residency Program, the Residency Supervisor and the Director of Residency Programs will recommend the granting of certification to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.



I. Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Southern College of Optometry, or for any action that jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.


Program Salary/Stipend: The residency stipend is $35,000.00 which will be paid on a biweekly basis by Louisiana Family Eyecare. Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Other: A continuing education allowance of $500 is also provided by Louisiana Family Eyecare. In addition, the clinic will provide 2 clinic white coats and 3 sets of scrubs, if desired to be worn by the resident during clinic hours. An optional $600 housing stipend will be provided to the resident for use toward a 3bedroom/2bathroom cottage outside of Covington, LA. An additional stipend will be awarded if resident permits a fourth-year optometric resident to also live in-house semesterly. Cottage photos upon request. HEALTH INSURANCE The resident will have the opportunity to purchase health insurance through Louisiana Family Eyecare or an appropriate individual health exchange for the state of LA. Seven cumulative days of vacation/educational/sick leave are available with prior approval of the Residency Supervisor and the SCO Director of Residency Programs, if also required. Additionally, Louisiana Family Eyecare closes in observance of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Mardi Gras. The resident will be required to provide on call services during some of these holidays. As this residency holds to high-esteem the resident’s ability to present clinical research, additional educational leave may be allowed at the discretion of the Residency Supervisor and/or the SCO Director of Residency Programs.
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Amy Puerto, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 9858757898
Fax:
E-mail Address: dramy@lafamilyeyecare.com
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Jeff Anastasio, Co-Supervisor
Telephone: 9858757898
Fax:
E-mail Address: drjeff@lafamilyeyecare.com

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

DIDACTIC ACTIVITIES OF THE RESIDENT



During the residency, a weekly conference is given at SCO. If available, the resident will remotely view the Tegrity recordings or review the slide presentation after they are emailed. The resident will be expected to present a talk at at least one conference during the year, excluding SCO’s Residency Weekend presentations. A paper of publication quality is expected prior to August 1. The resident will also be involved in student extern supervision, the extent of which will be mutually agreed upon by the resident and the residency supervisor.



APPLICATION PROCEDURES



A. All applicants must complete the SCO application. All applicants must complete the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch), and provide all required supporting documentation by the deadline of January 30 to be considered for an SCO program.

1. You must have already passed NBEO Part I, II and TMOD in order to apply to one of our programs through ORMatch.

2. You must have passed NBEO Part III and ISE (if applicable) in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency program.

3. Those applying to a VA hospital or a state that does not require TMOD to obtain licensure are an exception if TMOD is not passed on first attempt.



B. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.



C. Applicant will furnish a transcript to ORMatch from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.



D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for state licensure. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain the appropriate state license.



E. A personal interview will be required.



F. The College and Louisiana Family Eyecare affirm that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at or affiliated with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

A. All applicants must complete the SCO application. All applicants must complete the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch), and provide all required supporting documentation by the deadline of January 30 to be considered for an SCO program.

1. You must have already passed NBEO Part I, II and TMOD in order to apply to one of our programs through ORMatch.

2. You must have passed NBEO Part III and ISE (if applicable) in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency program.

3. Those applying to a VA hospital or a state that does not require TMOD to obtain licensure are an exception if TMOD is not passed on first attempt.



B. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.



C. Applicant will furnish a transcript to ORMatch from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.



D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for state licensure. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain the appropriate state license.



E. A personal interview will be required.



F. The College and Louisiana Family Eyecare affirm that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at or affiliated with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.



CONTRACT



All applicants selected for admission must sign a standard resident contract.


Program Application Deadline: January 30

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