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Kentucky College of Optometry Primary Care with Emphasis in Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 147 Sycamore St

Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
Phone Number: 606-218-5514
Fax Number: 606-218-5509
Email: eilenekinzer@upike.edu
Affiliation: University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Eilene E. Kinzer, OD, MEd VFL


Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL: https://www.upike.edu/optometry/kyco-residencies/

Program Description

Date Program Established: 10/2020
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Kentucky College of Optometry Primary Care with Emphasis in Ocular Disease Residency will provide qualified optometric residents with competency in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of primary eye care and ocular disease through patient care, education, and scholarship. Upon successful completion of the program, residents will have knowledge and skills appropriate for their pursuance of employment in a variety of clinical and academic settings.


Program Description:

The Kentucky College of Optometry Primary Care with Emphasis in Ocular Disease Residency is an office and hospital-based program that provides a patient base amongst a broad spectrum of disease. The program provides experiences expanding across the full scope of primary optometric practice, including anterior and posterior segment disease.  There are opportunities in the evaluation of systemic disease, imaging, blood work, and emergency department referrals. Sub-specialty clinics function at the principle residency site, including laser procedures of the anterior segment and minor surgical procedures. Residents will work under the direction of optometrists and ophthalmologists in the direct care of patients, as well as precepting optometry students. Grand rounds presentations, a scholarly poster submission, and a paper of publishable quality are to be completed by the resident by the time of graduation. Upon successful completion of the program, residents will be proficient primary eye care providers who are competent in the management of ocular disease, while serving as integral healthcare team members.


Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: One
Program Starting Date: June 27, 2022
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

40-50 weekly hours


Requirements for Completion:

Grand rounds presentations and a paper of publishable quality


Program Salary/Stipend: $41,000
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: Ryan Kern, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 606-218-5391
Fax: 606-218-5509
E-mail Address: ryankern@upike.edu
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Send letter of intent, CV, transcripts, and letters of recommendation directly to ORMatch


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The selection procedure is initiated through the ORMatch program by National Matching Services Inc. Candidates submit their applications through the standardized process displayed by the ORMatch program no later than the deadlines specified by the service on a yearly basis. Applicants are selected for an interview based upon their official optometry school transcript, national board scores, curriculum vitae, letters of interest, and up to 3 reference letters. Reference letters must be submitted by licensed optometrists who can personally and objectively attest to the candidate’s clinical competency.



Applicants are selected for an interview by the residency coordinator based upon the objective review of their submitted documentation and how the applicant aligns with the program’s mission, goals, and objectives, based on their letter of intention. Candidates must have a competitive GPA.



Candidates selected for an interview will be evaluated by the Residency Program Coordinator and at least two other faculty members in a one hour allotted time slot. The candidates will be evaluated on knowledge-base, critical thinking skills, communication skills, receptivity to learning, and professional demeanor/interest.



The candidates will then be ranked in the ORMatch system based on the candidate’s application and overall interview scores with consideration regarding interviewer comments. The ranking is decided by the Program Coordinator in consultation with the Residency Committee at KYCO.



By the time of matriculation into the residency program, the candidate must have been awarded an O.D. degree from a school or college accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and be eligible for a Kentucky state optometric license.



The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, or disability in its programs, activities, hiring, or admission of its students or employees.



In summary, candidates must meet these requirements:




  • Application information sent to OR Match website

  • Interview with program director, coordinator, and/or faculty

  • O.D. degree from a school or college accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education

  • Competitive GPA

  • Eligible for a Kentucky state optometric license


Program Application Deadline: February 1

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