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Program Title: Residency in Primary Care with emphasis in Low Vision
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: Lake City VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 619 S. Marion Ave

Lake City, Florida 32025
Phone Number: 386-755-3016
Fax Number:
Email:
Affiliation: Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Lori Vollmer, O.D., M.S., FAAO


Program Application Deadline: February 1st
Program URL: http://optometry.nova.edu/residency/external/forms/lakecity_vamc.pdf

Program Description

Date Program Established: 05/26/2004
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake City, Florida, in conjunction with the Gainesville VA, University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology and Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, offers a one year residency program in primary eye care/low vision. The mission of the program is to provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an advanced educational experience that will enhance their clinical skills in primary care, low vision rehabilitation, and ocular disease. Individuals completing the program will be able to deliver an advanced level of optometric care in a clinical setting, participate in co-management and multidisciplinary practice and/or serve as clinical instructors at optometry schools or teaching institutions.


Program Description:

The Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake City, Florida, in conjunction with the Gainesville VA, University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology and Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, offers a one year residency program in primary eye care/low vision. The mission of the program is to provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an advanced educational experience that will enhance their clinical skills in primary care, low vision rehabilitation, and ocular disease. Individuals completing the program will be able to deliver an advanced level of optometric care in a clinical setting, participate in co-management and multidisciplinary practice and/or serve as clinical instructors at optometry schools or teaching institutions.


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

The Lake City residents will participate in a structured educational program with emphasis on direct patient care. In addition to this clinical time, the residents will attend a variety of educational programs during the 12 months of full-time training in addition to the many hours of clinical time. There are morning seminars at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital approximately three times a week that may be attended by the residents up to three times each week and the residents may also attend Grand Rounds that are held Friday mornings at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital. The University of Florida's Department of Ophthalmology additionally sponsors three separate, full-day seminars featuring renowned ophthalmologists from across the United States. The residents and the optometry/ophthalmology staff from the Lake City VA will attend these seminars. The residents will be assigned monthly rotations which includes rotations through retinal, neuro-ophthalmology, and cornea clinics at the Gainesville VA (GVAMC), low vision patients in the VICTORS (Visual Impairment Center To Optimize Remaining Sight) program including time with our Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist (BROS), and general ophthalmology patients at the Lake City VAMC (LCVAMC). The residents assist the Program Coordinator in preparing and presenting lectures for the externs and available staff. The lecture series is structured to prepare externs for their clinical rotation at the VA. Approximately once a month, Journal Club meetings will occur. Approximately every two months, the resident will spend a four-hour block of time in another specialty. This will give the residents a broader understanding of the total health care system that we provide at the Lake City VA. In addition, other general safety and training courses such as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) will be provided by the clinic. The residents will be encouraged to attend one major educational conference during the course of the residency. The residents will also be encouraged to attend the Residents' Day at Nova Southeastern University to deliver grand rounds case presentations. NSU will reimburse the resident expenses for this meeting.


Requirements for Completion:

1. Attend all scheduled clinics, lectures and/or seminars 2. Prepare and deliver all clinical, didactic, and scholarship assignments 3. Attend and actively participate during journal reviews 4. Receive overall satisfactory evaluation from all residency supervisors 5. Prepare a manuscript of publishable quality 6. Turn in all clinical, didactic, and scholarship logs when requested


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

Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Michelle Nguyen, OD, Program Coordinator
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address: michelle.nguyen2@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Michelle Nguyen. OD



Residency Program Coordinator



619 S. Marion Ave



Lake City, FL 32025



Michelle.Nguyen2@va.gov 


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates must register with the Optometry Resident Matching Service (ORMatch) utilized by submitting a completed application. Applications to ORMatch must be completed by February 1st for consideration. The following must be received by the program director for consideration as a residency applicant: 1. Name, address, phone number, and email address 2. Curriculum vitae 3. Official transcripts of NBEO scores 4. Official transcripts of optometric education 5. Minimum of three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the academic and/or clinical abilities of the applicant 6. Brief statement from the applicant regarding his/her desire to complete this particular residency program. Interviews will be requested of specific candidates based upon the quality of the credentials and application information. The qualified applicants are interviewed by an interview team, which consists of optometric faculty of the Lake City VAMC and the Visually Impaired Service Team Coordinator, using a standardized list of questions. The Program Coordinator and interview team will rank applicants in order of merit based on the applicant's qualifications as well as personal and professional characteristics. The Program Coordinator will seek input from other faculty members and staff of the VA Eye Clinic and may seek input from the Residency Director from Nova Southeastern in developing this ranking. The list will be submitted to the matching service. At the same time, candidates will submit an independent list of their preferred programs. ORMatch will notify both the candidates and programs of the match results. In the event that match does not occur for the Lake City program, the Program Coordinator will pursue interested applicants from the remaining unmatched pool or any other qualified candidate.


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

Candidates must submit the ORMatch application by the program deadline of February 1st to be considered. NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, sex, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.