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Ocular Disease/Low Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
1001 N. Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464
Phone Number: 918-444-4017
Fax Number: 918-458-9603
Email: simpsond@nsuok.edu
Affiliation: Northeastern State University - Oklahoma College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Carolyn Majcher, OD


Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL: https://optometry.nsuok.edu/ResidencyProgram/OcularDiseaseLowVisionRehabilitation

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/01/2014
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease/Vision Rehabilitation is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists with primary emphasis in ocular disease and a secondary emphasis in low vision rehabilitation, allowing residents, upon completion of the program, to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise.


Program Description:

This Ocular Disease/Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency provides experience and clinical expertise in a multidisciplinary clinic for comprehensive ocular disease and low vision services. The residents provide patient care at the Lesley L. Walls Vision Center at Northeastern State University Broken Arrow in metropolitan Tulsa, OK. The resident will  provide patient care and student education at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital Chester Pheiffer Optometry Clinic and at NSUOCO in Tahlequah. The resident may occasionally provide patient care at NSUOCO Rural Eye Program Cherokee Nation outpatient facilities located in Salina, Stilwell, Muskogee, Sallisaw, and Jay.


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

40 hours per week


Requirements for Completion:

Specific requirements are in place for program completion and awarding of the Certificate of Advanced Clinical Competence. The requirements are as follows: Completed publishable quality paper (research paper, literature review, or case report), all Patient Encounter Logs with encounter types, and all Residency Activity Logs Completed exit evaluations (Evaluation of Clinical Supervisors, Evaluation of Residency Program Supervisor, Evaluation of NSUOCO Residency Director, and Residency Program Evaluation) Passage of National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I, II and III including passage of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease, Oklahoma Optometry license


Program Salary/Stipend: $30,000/ year
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: David Simpson, OD
Telephone: 918-444-4017
Fax:
E-mail Address: simpsond@nsuok.edu
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1. Register and Apply on ORMatch (https://natmatch.com/ormatch/index.html)

2. Upload the following documentation to ORMatch:




  • 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 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.



3.  Fill out and submit the NSUOCO Application to the ORMatch Supplemental Materials section:   (https://optometry.nsuok.edu/Residency-Program/Residency-Application)



4. Arrange an interview, once offered. 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. Carolyn Majcher (opt_residencies@nsuok.edu). Additional information is available online at http://optometry.nsuok.edu/ResidencyProgram.aspx or by contacting Dr. David Simpson, Residency Supervisor (simpsond@nsuok.edu).



 


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Residency applicants must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE-accredited school or college of optometry and must have successfully completed Part I, Part II, Part 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.


Program Application Deadline: January 31

Additional Comments

Mission, Goals, Objectives Mission The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease/Low Vision Rehabilitation is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists with a primary emphasis in ocular disease and a secondary emphasis in low vision rehabilitation, allowing residents, upon completion of the program, to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise. Goal 1 Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with primary emphasis in the area of ocular disease and secondary emphasis in low vision rehabilitation. Objectives: 1. Provide the resident experience in managing a total of at least 1,000 patients, including at minimum, at least 100 patients for low vision rehabilitation. 2. Provide the resident exposure to a broad diversity of clinical conditions within the ocular disease/low vision rehabilitation area. 3. Encourage appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers. 4. The resident will demonstrate proficiency in conducting low vision rehabilitation evaluations, determining individual patient needs, and prescribing vision assistive devices appropriate to each patient's needs. 5. Participate in the clinical supervision and education of optometry students. Goal 2 Stimulate scholarly development in the resident. Objectives: 1. Encourage lecture and workshop presentations in the form of continuing education, grand rounds, optometry classroom, etc. 2. Stimulate life-long learning by keeping the resident active in critically reviewing ophthalmic literature, especially literature relating to vision rehabilitation. 3. Allow and encourage the resident to participate in didactic activities such as attending continuing education courses. At a minimum, the resident will acquire enough continuing education hours to satisfy Oklahoma licensure. 4. Require completion of a research paper, literature review, or case report of publishable quality by the end of the residency program. Goal 3 Stimulate a commitment to service to the community and the profession in the resident. Objectives: 1. Encourage the resident's active involvement in the optometric and low vision rehabilitation professional communities by encouraging membership and participation in optometric and other professional organizations. Curriculum: The educational objectives, learning activities, and expected outcomes of the Residency in Ocular Disease/Low Vision Rehabilitation include: 1. Through assisting with the Low Vision Rehabilitation course and working with attending faculty, the resident will become very proficient in providing an efficient yet thorough low vision rehabilitation evaluation, and will also become proficient in evaluating and prescribing strategies that will meet the patient's goals. 2. Provision of optometric care to a large number and diversity of patients at the WVC and the NSUOCO campus and hospital clinics. 3. Appropriate referral and co-management of patients with physicians and other health care disciplines. External rotations may be arranged to enhance expertise other areas of interest. 4. Clinical supervision and education of optometry students at the WVC and at NSUOCO. 5. Provide lecture and workshop presentations in the form of continuing education, grand rounds, optometry classroom, etc. 6. Participation in residency seminar activities, including literature review, journal club, and grand rounds. 7. Require attendance of continuing education courses to satisfy Oklahoma licensure requirements at a minimum. 8. Completion of a research paper, literature review, or case report of publishable quality. 9. Active involvement in the optometric community through membership and participation in optometric organizations The typical weekly schedule of the resident demonstrates the amount of time dedicated to clinical and didactic/scholarly activities that allows for the fulfillment of the curriculum goals. The activities are then tracked in the resident's patient log and the resident's activity log.