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Program Title: Residency in Primary Care Optometry/Ocular Disease
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg
Program Location: Other Federal Facility
Program Address: 2817 Reilly Road, Stop A

Fort Bragg, North Carolina 28310-7301
Phone Number: 910-907-6504
Fax Number:
Email: Steven.p.gutierrez.mil@mail.mil
Affiliation: Northeastern State University - Oklahoma College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Tara D. Brown, OD


Program Application Deadline: April, one year prior to start date
Program URL: http://optometry.nsuok.edu/ResidencyProgram/PrimaryEyeCare/WomackArmyMedicalCenter.aspx

Program Description

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

The mission of the Residency in Primary Care Optometry at Womack Army Medical Center is to provide advanced clinical training for military optometrists with emphasis on ocular disease and trauma, medical/therapeutic contact lens fitting, and primary vision and eye health care, allowing the resident an increased professional capacity to manage a diverse and complex patient population.


Program Description:

This program is reserved strictly for military optometrists and provides you with an opportunity to gain advanced clinical training and expertise in the areas of ocular disease diagnosis and management, vision rehabilitation, and primary care in a hospital-based setting. You will spend a majority of your time at the Womack Army Medical Center, working as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team in providing patient care. You will be provided numerous opportunities to co-manage patients with ophthalmology and perform specialty contact lens fits, as well as co-manage with many other specialty clinics within the medical center. Multiple opportunities for continuing education, lectures, and conferences will be provided. A research paper or case report is required, as is a poster presentation at a national optometric meeting. Teaching is another important aspect of this program, with opportunities to become involved in didactic and clinical education of optometry students, optometrists, and other health care providers.


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 45 hours per week. Attendance at continuing education may lengthen the weekly hours of duties.


Requirements for Completion:

1.Completed publishable quality paper (research paper, literature review, or case report) 2.Submission of all residency evaluation forms including: a.Patient encounter logs with encounter types b.Residency activity logs c.Exit evaluations (evaluation of clinical supervisors, evaluation of residency program supervisor, evaluation of NSUOCO residency director and, residency program evaluation) 3.Successful completion of NBEO Part I, II and III including Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease 4.Submission of a clinical poster to a national optometric meeting


Program Salary/Stipend: U.S. Army active duty officer salary and benefits
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: Steven Gutierrez, OD, MHA
Telephone: 910-907-6504
Fax:
E-mail Address: Steven.p.gutierrez.mil@mail.mil
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

All eligible Army applicants are solicited to apply for the residency via the LTHET message. A list of application materials is included in the Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) message released each December by the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and includes a DA Form 3838, Commander's Memorandum, Transcripts, DA Photograph, Memorandum from the Optometry Consultant at the Office of the Surgeon General and a signed/dated officer record brief (ORB).


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Admissions eligibility criteria include: 1.Possess a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited program (by starting date) 2.Pursue a full and unrestricted optometry license in any US state by starting date (and obtain within one year) 3.Competitive GPA 4.Successfully complete Parts I, II, III and TMOD of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations 5.Submit completed U.S. Army application materials 6.U.S. Army active duty status


Program Application Deadline: April, one year prior to start date

Additional Comments

MISSION, GOALS and OBJECTIVES: 

The mission of the Residency in Primary Care Optometry at Womack Army Medical Center is to provide advanced clinical training for military optometrists with emphasis on ocular disease and trauma, medical/therapeutic contact lens fitting, and primary vision and eye health care, allowing the resident an increased professional capacity to manage a diverse and complex patient population.

Goal A: Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with emphasis on ocular disease and trauma, medical/therapeutic contact lens fitting, and primary vision and eye health care.

Objectives: Examine a minimum of 1500 patients in clinic, either alone or in conjunction with another health care provider; during the course of the residency evaluate and treat patients with a variety of clinical conditions including ocular disease and trauma, medical/therapeutic contact lens fitting, and primary vision and eye health care; appropriately refer and co-manage patients with other health care specialties and providers; teach and mentor fourth year optometry students through clinical supervision of optometric exams.

Goal B: Stimulate scholarly development.

Objectives: Write and deliver at least one hour long lecture in the form of continuing education, presentations to peers, presentations to ophthalmic technicians, and lectures to providers in other specialties and groups; participate in monthly journal club discussions, learning to critically review current ophthalmic literature in order to promote lifelong learning; attend a national optometric meeting and submit a clinical poster to be presented at that meeting; produce a research paper, literature review and/or case report of publishable quality by the end of the residency program.

Goal C: Stimulate a commitment to professional growth, development, and service.

Objectives: Join and maintain membership in at least two optometric organizations such as the Armed Forces Optometric Society, the American Optometric Association, and the American Academy of Optometry Initiate the board certification process by completing the requirements for attaining Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry within one year of completing the residency program

Goal D: Facilitate experiences that are unique to the military optometrist.

Objectives: Attend at least one military specific medical training course during the residency; participate in at least one Medical Readiness Training Exercise or Field Training Exercise to deliver eye care in an austere environment.

For more information, contact: Steven Gutierrez OD, MHA, FAAO, Residency Supervisor steven.p.gutierrez.mil@mail.mil