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Residency in Primary Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease and Low Vision

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Bay Pines Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: P.O. Box 5005
Building 106 Eye Clinic
Bay Pines, Florida 33744
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Affiliation: Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Mariem Abdou, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.

Program Application Deadline: February 1st
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Program Description

Date Program Established: 1986
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency in Primary Eye Care seeks to attract the best-qualified graduates and to provide them with advanced didactic and clinical education in clinical optometry. Exposure to non- optometric clinical patient care through multidisciplinary contacts is an important component of the program, allowing a well - rounded view of the optometrist's role as a health care gatekeeper. The program is designed to foster a life-long commitment to learning. Graduates of this residency program are trained to be able to deliver superlative clinical care in primary care optometry, to serve as optometric educators, and to serve the profession of optometry as leaders in the community and within the health care delivery system.

Program Description:

The curriculum of the Primary Eye Care Residency at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center incorporates a variety of components that aim to broaden the residents' knowledge of general eye care and the management of ocular and systemic conditions. A well-rounded practitioner must have experience in a wide range of practical areas in order to be successful. It is the philosophy of this program that each individual learns through various modalities, and each is particularly suited to a different learning method. Such diversity in an educational program ensures that each resident has multiple opportunities to amass information and gain valuable practical experience. By exposing residents to multiple learning environments, the likelihood of their abilities improving increases tremendously, as compared to limiting those to a single activity (e.g. direct patient care only.)

Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: First week July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The hours are approximately 8:00 - 4:00 Monday - Friday. The residents will alternate after-hours call on a weekly basis taking up to 2 weeks of after-hours call each month.

Requirements for Completion:

1. The resident is required to attend all clinical assignments with the exception of approved annual, sick, and administrative leave.

2. The resident is required to complete the twelve month training program in its entirety.

3. The resident is required to complete (and submit on time where applicable) all didactic and scholarly assignments including: a. Research paper of publishable quality; as edited and deemed submissible to a journal by assigned faculty mentor(s) or a clinical poster to be submitted to the AAO, AOA or SECO conferences b. All grand rounds presentations (power point) c. Attendance at all assigned lectures d. Friday morning lecture/journal club assignments e. Presentation at Nova Resident’s Day

4. The resident is required to keep an accurate log of all patients seen, and to submit logs to the Residency Coordinator upon request.

5. The resident must receive satisfactory evaluations from the residency preceptors.

6. The resident is required to complete faculty and program evaluations as assigned by the Residency Coordinator.

7. The resident is required to treat all patients, faculty, staff, and students in a respectful fashion and demonstrate good judgment to safeguard patient well- being and safety.

8. The resident must display exemplary professional and ethical conduct at all times for the entire length of the residency.

9. The resident is required to do everything possible to ensure patient privacy, including protecting personally identifiable patient data and maintenance of a secure and protected work space.

Program Salary/Stipend: $34,888.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Candace Greenough, O.D., Program Coordinator
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Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Candace Greenough, O.D.

P.O. Box 5005 Building 106 Eye Clinic, Bay Pines, Florida 33744

Telephone: 727-398-6661 ext 10229

E-mail Address: 

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

All candidates must have received an OD degree from a College of Optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) prior to matriculation. All candidates are expected to submit into ORMatch the required letter of intent, curriculum vitae, official transcripts from an ACOE accredited college of optometry demonstrating a recommended minimum GPA of 2.8 or an average of 82% and three (3) letters of recommendation.


Candidates are expected to pass Part I of the NBEO in order to be offered an interview. Part II and TMOD must be taken prior to interview and successfully passed in order to be ranked in the ORMatch system in March. Candidates that do not pass Part II or TMOD, but have completed their application, will not be ranked but may be considered for any remaining unfilled positions once Part I, II and TMOD have been successfully completed. Every candidate that applies is required to take Part III of NBEO and scores submitted as soon as available. All candidates must be license eligible prior to the start of the program.

Every candidate who applies must register with the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch), unless the candidate is applying for an UNFILLED position AFTER the official match date for a given year. Every candidate must be interviewed by the Program Coordinator to be considered for the program. Additional faculty may participate in the interview. Telephone interviews are not granted without extenuating circumstances and are only permissible when travel to the clinical facility is impossible.

Every candidate will be evaluated and rated based upon the interview and the candidates' submitted materials, in the areas of didactic and clinical knowledge, interpersonal skills, integrity, adaptability, motivation, maturity and patient management skills. Based on ratings of the candidate by the interviewers, the Program Coordinators will select and rank the most qualified applicant(s). The names of those candidates who are found to be acceptable will be submitted to the administrators at the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch), according to their policies and deadlines.

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: February 1st

Additional Comments

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, sex, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.