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Residency in Primary Care with an emphasis in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Tallahassee VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 1607 St. James Court

Tallahassee, Florida 32308
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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: 2009
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Tallahassee, Florida in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry offers a one year residency in primary care with an emphasis in ocular disease. The mission of the program is to provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an advanced didactic and clinical education. Upon completion of this program, doctors will be able to provide their patients with superlative care in addition to being qualified to serve as optometric educators and leaders in health care

Program Description:

The resident will have direct patient care over 95% of the time. The resident works a 40 hour work week. Residents will have their own examination room at the start of the year. The resident participates in retina, cornea, and low vision clinics in addition to primary care clinics. In this clinic, the resident is given priority in terms of the numbers of patients seen and also with regard to cases which appear to be interesting or challenging. Special testing may be ordered if necessary by the resident such as: ultrasonography, digital photography and ocular coherence tomography, visual field testing, pachymetry, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The resident is also expected to perform foreign corneal body removal, corneal rust ring removal and other procedures as necessary and commensurate with the current privileges of the attending optometrist and resident. The residents and faculty provide patient care that is consistent with current clinical care guidelines and accepted standards of practice. The AOA website ( describes AOA Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines under the "Students and Educators" heading under the "Clinical Care" section. (Copy kept in clinic in binder for all doctors to reference). Quality of faculty charts is monitored via a periodic peer review process. The resident will have a progressively increasing responsibility in the delivery of patient care services that is based upon demonstrated competence. Scholarly Activities. The curriculum includes scholarly activities such as journal club, grand rounds presentations, and preparation of a manuscript of publishable quality. Didactic Activities include attendance at "Pearls for Practice" programs at the University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology, attendance at a major optometry meeting, quarterly VA Optometry Grand Rounds programs, VISN 8 continuing education classes and weekly case discussion and/or journal club.

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

Monday 8:00am-12:00pm Rotations with Retina 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm-4:30pm See Patients at VA TOPC Eye Clinic Tuesday 8:00am - 12:00pm See Patients at VA TOPC Eye Clinic 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm-4:30pm See Patients at VA TOPC Eye Clinic Wednesday 8:00am - 12:00pm Rotations w/Cornea and Glaucoma 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm-4:30pm Journal Club/Scholarly Activity/Grand Rounds at VA TOPC Eye Clinic Thursday 8:00am - 12:00pm See Patients at VA TOPC Eye Clinic 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm-4:30pm See Patients at VA TOPC Eye Clinic Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm See Patients at VA TOPC Eye Clinic 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm-4:30pm See Patients at VA TOPC Eye Clinic No after-hours responsibilities.

Requirements for Completion:

The resident will prepare a manuscript of publishable quality The resident will present annually to FAMU's College of Pharmacy on a topic in accordance with their requirements for a diverse health education. The resident will present a grand rounds case to other residents within the VISN 8 on a quarterly basis. The resident will attend lectures given each quarter by the faculty from the University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology. The resident will participate in weekly journal club, slide review and/or other various didactic activities throughout the year. The resident will attend the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy's resident presentations at VA TOPC.

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: Brady Hanlon, O.D., FAAO, Program Coordinator
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Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Brady Hanlon O.D., FAAO VA TOPC EYE CLINIC 1607 St. James Court Tallahassee, Fl. 32308

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

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.