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Program Title: Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks Gene Taylor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (Springfield, MO)
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Gene Taylor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
1850 W. Republic Rd.
Springfield, Missouri 65807
Phone Number: (844) 501-8387 ext. 64517
Fax Number:
Email: Bethany.Whitesell@va.gov
Affiliation: Northeastern State University - Oklahoma College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Tara D.Brown, OD


Program Application Deadline: January 31st
Program URL: https://optometry.nsuok.edu/Residency-Program/Primary-Eye-Care-Ocular-Disease

Program Description

Date Program Established:
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Primary Eye Care is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists with emphasis in ocular disease and primary care, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise.


Program Description:

The resident works as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team in providing patient care. At VAMC facilities, the patient population is primarily geriatric but has an increasing number of younger adult patients. The Primary Eye Care residents also spend time at Chester Pheiffer Optometry Clinic at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital and Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. These clinics provide exposure to a diverse patient population. Opportunities exist for the residents to become involved in teaching optometry students, optometrists, and other health professionals.


Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: July 1st
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Expected weekly hours of duty are 40 hours per week plus additional time for weekly didactic resident seminars. Attendance of continuing education and research may lengthen the weekly hours of duties.


Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for successful program completion and awarding of the Certificate of Advanced Clinical Competence are: 1. Completed publishable quality paper (research paper, literature review, or case report) 2. Patient Encounter Logs with encounter types 3. Residency Activity Logs 4. Completed exit evaluations (Evaluation of Clinical Supervisors, Evaluation of Residency Program Supervisor, Evaluation of NSUOCO Residency Director, and Residency Program Evaluation) 5. Passage of National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I, II and III including passage of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease


Program Salary/Stipend: $34,888/ year
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Bethany Whitesell, OD FAAO
Telephone: (844) 501-8387 ext. 64517
Fax:
E-mail Address: Bethany.Whitesell@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1. Fill out and turn in the NSUOCO Application (https://optometry.nsuok.edu/Portals/5/PDF%20Files/Residencies/ResidencyApplication2015.pdf) 2. Register and Apply on ORMatch (https://natmatch.com/ormatch/index.html) 3. Send in the following supplemental documentation: a. Statement of interest/cover letter discussing - Why you are interested in pursuing a residency - What you hope to gain from a residency - What your plans are after you complete a residency b. Curriculum Vitae or Resume - Education (institution, dates, major, degree or pending degree, and grade point average) - List of Honors, Awards - Professional Memberships - Research Projects and Publication - Special Presentations, Seminars and Teaching Experience - Employment - Community Service - Other Professional Experiences c. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from individuals who can assess your clinical performance, scholastic abilities and/or teaching and research potential. Recommendation letters may be emailed or mailed by post, but must be signed and be on letterhead. d. An official copy of your optometry school transcripts. e. Please provide an unofficial copy of your current NBEO scores. ORMatch will send an official copy on your behalf. Successful completion of Parts I, II, III and TMOD of NBEO examinations is required to enter all NSUOCO affiliated residencies. All application information should be sent to Pam Jackson (jacksopa@nsuok.edu) or the Director of Residencies, Dr. Tara D. Brown (opt_residencies@nsuok.edu) via email or mail to: Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry ATTN: Pam Jackson or Dr. Tara D. Brown 1001 North Grand Avenue Tahlequah, OK 74464-7017 As application materials are received by the school, they will be forwarded to the site the applicant is applying at. Arrange an interview. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to arrange an interview at the residency site to which they are applying. This allows the applicant to become more familiar with the residency site and the residency supervisor to become familiar with the applicant. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact either Pam Jackson (jackopa@nsuok.edu) or the Director of Residencies, Dr.Tara D. Brown (opt_residencies@nsuok.edu) Additional information is available online at http://optometry.nsuok.edu/ResidencyProgram.aspx


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Applicants must be citizens of the United States. Residents are required to obtain licensure in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before completion of the first year of VA residency. Residency applicants must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited school or college of optometry and must have successfully completed Parts I, II, III and TMOD of the NBEO examination by July 1 of the residency year. Grade-point average, NBEO scores, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews are taken into account when considering applications. Persons applying to Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry affiliated residency programs must apply to ORMatch at http://www.natmatch.com/ormatch and to Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. ORMatch and NSUOCO deadlines are January 31st.  All residency applications will be reviewed without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.


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 31st

Additional Comments

MISSION, GOALS and OBJECTIVES Mission The mission of the Residency in Primary Eye Care is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists with emphasis in ocular disease and primary care, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise. Goal A Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with emphasis in ocular disease and primary care. Objectives: Provide you a large number of patient encounters Provide you exposure to a high diversity of clinical conditions within ocular disease and primary care Encourage appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers Allow you to participate in the clinical supervision of optometry students Goal B Stimulate scholarly development. Objectives: Encourage lecture and workshop presentations in the form of continuing education, journal review, etc. Stimulate life-long learning by keeping you active in critically reviewing ophthalmic literature Allow you to attend continuing education courses Require completion of a research paper, literature review, or case report of publishable quality by the end of the residency program Goal C Stimulate a commitment to service. Objectives: Enhance your active involvement in the optometric community by encouraging membership and participation in optometric organizations For more information, please contact Dr. Bethany Whitesell, Residency Supervisor: Bethany.Whitesell@va.gov