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VA Boston Healthcare System Residency in Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Low Vision Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Program Site: VA Boston Healthcare System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VA Boston Healthcare System-Advanced Low Vision Clinic B8-52
150 South Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130
Phone Number: 857-364-5543
Fax Number: 857-364-6049
Email: Jennifer.Gustafson@va.gov
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: 7/2011
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Optometric Residency in Vision Rehabilitation at the VA Boston Healthcare System is to provide comprehensive training in the delivery of the highest quality, compassionate low vision and brain injury vision rehabilitation services in a multidisciplinary hospital-based environment. The Residency will provide advanced clinical training and opportunities for clinical teaching, educational activities, and didactic learning to cultivate understanding and proficiency in providing full-scope tertiary eye care.  The residency program offers a comprehensive program that includes low vision rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation, vision therapy, and primary eye care.


Program Description:

The Optometric Residency in Vision Rehabilitation provides training for advanced competency in low vision and brain injury vision rehabilitation in a hospital-based outpatient setting. The resident's schedule includes weekly participation in low vision, acquired brain injury, and primary eye care clinics, with rotations through other specialty clinics to help support the mission, goals, and objectives of the program.



 



RESIDENCY GOALS:



Goal One: The resident will gain extensive clinical experience in primary and advanced low vision care to adults in an outpatient hospital setting, as part of an interdisciplinary team.



Objectives:



1. The resident will gain facility in examining and managing visually impaired and legally blind patients with a variety of conditions and functional deficits.



2. The resident will complete requests for eye care encounters made by other health care providers.



3. The resident will participate in the development of rehabilitation plans as part of an interdisciplinary team.



 



Goal Two: The resident will screen, diagnose and treat visual abnormalities from acquired brain injury.



Objective:



1. The resident will gain facility in screening, diagnosing, and managing visual sequelae related to acquired brain injury.



 



Goal Three: The resident will acquire advanced competency in primary eye care in a hospital-based outpatient setting.



Objectives:        



1. The resident will acquire competency in managing the patient in a primary eye care setting.



2. The resident will develop expertise in the diagnosis and management of a large variety of clinical conditions within ocular disease, including anterior and posterior segment conditions, glaucoma, and acquired (mainly traumatic) brain injury.



 



Goal Four: The resident will be trained in specialty clinics (i.e. Retina, Cornea, Glaucoma, Uveitis) in order to gain knowledge of advanced diagnoses and treatment options, as well as a firm understanding of how ocular pathologies and anomalies relate to visual function.



Objective:



1. The resident will rotate through specialty ophthalmology clinics at the Jamaica Plain campus and/or other sites off campus.



 



Goal Five: The resident will rotate through external low vision clinics in order to gain additional experience in providing low vision care to patients in other settings such as private practice.



Objective:



1. The resident will rotate through external clinics and participate in the evaluation and treatment of patients with low vision and blindness in other settings outside the VA.



 



Goal Six: The resident will participate in a wide range of didactic experiences, to foster critical thinking and set a strong foundation for lifelong learning.



Objectives:



1. The resident will attend weekly optometry grand rounds, continuing education courses, and other didactic activities including New England College of Optometry residency conferences.



2. The resident will periodically present case reports during optometry grand rounds.



3. The resident will develop habits of lifelong learning and critical thinking through review of ophthalmic literature, which the resident shall present at optometry grand rounds.



 



Goal Seven: The resident will participate in scholarly activities that encourage scholastic contributions.



Objectives:



1. The resident will participate in formal low vision instruction to optometry students in a laboratory/classroom setting.



2. The resident will complete a submission of an abstract and/or poster presentation at a regional or national meeting.



3. The resident will complete and submit a research paper, literature review, or clinical case reports of publishable quality to the residency coordinator by the end of the residency.



 



Goal Eight: The resident will participate in clinical precepting of optometric interns.



Objective:



1. The resident will precept fourth year optometry interns in the clinical setting at the discretion of the Residency Coordinator(s).


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

The resident is responsible for 40 duty hours per week. Regular clinic hours are M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, excepting emergencies. There are no on-call duties.


Requirements for Completion:

  1. The resident is required to deliver patient care services at a level deemed satisfactory by the clinical supervisors, and consistent with the rules and regulations governing the Department of Veterans Affairs and the New England College of Optometry.

  2. The resident is 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 the Department of Veterans Affairs and the New England College of Optometry.

  3. Maintain a detailed and accurate log of all patient care encounters.

  4. Complete assigned didactic activities: Friday grand rounds, literature review, NECO residency conferences, TMS trainings.

  5. Complete assigned scholarly activities: Co-instruct low vision lab at NECO, complete publishable quality paper, complete 2 one-hour CE lectures, submit a poster abstract to AAO or similar conference



Periodic evaluations will take place to endure that appropriate progress is being made and that all deficiencies are addressed in a timely manner. 


Program Salary/Stipend: $39,043
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Jennifer Gustafson, O.D., Program Coordinator
Telephone: 857-364-5543
Fax: 857-364-6049
E-mail Address: Jennifer.Gustafson@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

All resident candidates must apply through the National Matching Services application at www.natmatch.com/ormatch. The deadline for submission will be January 31, 2022.



Applications must include the following:




  • Cover letter/Letter of Intent

  • Curriculum vitae  

  • NBEO scores (when available)

  • Official optometry school transcript

  • 3 letters of recommendation



Interviews will be arranged for qualified candidates.


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/57, Part II, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012.

  • Applicants must have earned an OD degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry by the time of entry into residency.

  • Applicants must have taken and passed parts I and II of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry prior to the July 1st start date.

  • All application materials including the letter of intent, curriculum vitae, NBEO scores, optometry school transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation will be taken into consideration.  Interviews will be arranged for qualified candidates.

  • The selection 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. The program adheres to the Department of Veterans Affairs non-discrimination policy. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/57, Part II, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012.
Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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