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Program Title: Residency in Primary Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Miami VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Surgical Service Ophthalmology Clinic
1201 NW 16th Street
Miami, Florida 33125
Phone Number: 305-575-7000 ext. 3910
Fax Number:
Email: kasey.zann@va.gov
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/forms/internal/miami_vamc.pdf

Program Description

Date Program Established: 2010
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Miami VAMC Optometry Residency program is to provide advanced didactic and clinical training that will enable the resident to develop his or her skills in primary eye care in a challenging and diverse clinic environment. High quality eye care will be provided to all patients while adhering to residency supervision guidelines in keeping the welfare and well being of our nation's veterans as the primary goal. The program will provide the learning resources for the resident to expand upon their didactic knowledge base and apply this knowledge in an effort to develop advanced competency in eye, vision and health care.


Program Description:

DIDACTIC EDUCATION a. Attend weekly Monday afternoon optometry conferences at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. b. Attend weekly fluorescein conference Tuesday afternoon at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. c. Attend weekly Thursday morning grand rounds at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. d. Attend weekly Thursday morning optometry slide quiz at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. e. Attend at least 25 daily morning ophthalmology lecture series at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute over the course of the year (additional days optional). 2. CLINICAL EXPERIENCES a. Provide eye care for patients with a wide variety of systemic and ocular diseases including but not limited to: diabetes, hypertension, vascular disease, glaucoma, cataracts, anterior segment diseases, age related macular degeneration, and neuro-ophthalmic disease. b. Perform or observe advanced diagnostic testing including: automated perimetry, OCT, corneal pachymetry, B scan ultrasonography, anterior and retinal photography, corneal topography. c. Enter patient records into Computerized Patient Record System in a systematic and comprehensive fashion. d. Review and triage consult requests from other members of the professional medical staff. e. Order and review laboratory, radiographic and other studies based on ocular signs and symptoms to rule out potential systemic causes of the findings. f. Coordinate patient care with primary care providers and other sub-specialists as needed to assure comprehensive approach to patients' problems. g. External Rotations, 1 day per week. i. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-ophthalmology sub-specialty clinics. 3. PROFESSIONAL/SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES a. Participate in weekly case discussion with residency supervisor on interesting or challenging cases that the resident was directly involved in. b. Will present at least 3 one hour lectures within the optometry lecture series program at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. c. Will be the lead discussant of at least 3 slide quizzes at the Thursday morning optometry series at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. i. Mandatory completion of a paper of publishable quality (as determined by the optometry residency supervisor) for original research, literature review or case study. Guidelines for submission based on those required by Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association will be given to the resident. d. Licensed Optometry Residents will assist in supervision of optometry students during the last 3-6 months of the academic year, pending approval of the residency director.


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

Clinic generally begins at 8:00 am and finishes at approximately 5:00 pm. Lectures and grand rounds take place 3 days per week, and begin no earlier than 7:30am and end no later than 6:30pm. There will be a minimum of 25 days that the resident is required to attend 7:00a.m. lectures at Bascom Palmer, but it is left up to the discretion of the resident to choose which days they attend this lecture series. At this time, there are no on-call duties and no weekend hours, however, that is subject to change if the needs of the department morph. At this point in time, the resident will not be assigned on-call responsibilities.


Requirements for Completion:

1. Performing adequately on all clinic assignments at the VA and/or external rotation sites. 2. The resident must receive expected levels of performance on all formal evaluations. 3. The resident is required to complete the following project prior to June 30th: a. To complete a paper of sufficient quality (as determined by the optometry residency supervisor) for publication of original research, literature review or case report. Guidelines for submission are based on those required by Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association. 4. The resident is required to participate in weekly Miami VAMC Optometry Education Conferences (Lecture, Grand Rounds, Case Review, Slide Quiz, etc.) and present information formally upon request of the residency program supervisor or other staff optometrists. 5. The resident is required to present a formal lecture and/or grand rounds presentation at NSU College of Optometry and/or Bascom Palmer Eye Institute lecture series upon the request of the residency program supervisor.


Program Salary/Stipend: $37,086.00
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: Kasey Zann, O.D., FAAO, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 305-575-7000 ext. 3910
Fax:
E-mail Address: kasey.zann@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Kasey Zann, OD, F.A.A.O. Surgical Service, Opthalmology Clinic 1201 NW 16th Street Miami, FL 33125 Phone: 305-575-7000 ext. 3910 Kasey.Zann@va.gov


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates must register with the Optometry Resident Matching Service (ORMS) utilized by submitting a completed application. 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 optometric education 4. NBEO scores 5. Minimum of three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the academic and/or clinical abilities of the applicant 6. Brief letter of intent regarding his or her interest in completing this particular residency Interviews will be requested of specific candidates based upon the quality of their credentials and application information. The minimum specific requirements the applicant must meet for consideration include the following: 1. The applicant must be a United States citizen (see additional comments section). 2. The applicant will have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in Optometry school, exceptions will be made only at the discretion of the residency coordinator at the Miami VA. 3. The applicant must have earned an OD degree or will have earned such a degree from an accredited School or College of Optometry prior to July 1 of the educational year. 4. The applicant must successfully complete Parts I and II of NBEO examinations as well as have passed the TMOD section of Part II of the NBEO examination to be eligible. The applicant must have passed Part III of the NBEO prior to beginning the residency on July 1st. 5. The selected resident is required to obtain Optometric licensure in any US state. The optometry resident will still be able to begin the program with the expectation that licensure will be completed as soon as possible for the state where licensure is being requested. The unlicensed optometry resident will be allowed to perform ocular examination of patients and formulate diagnosis and treatment plans until licensure is secured. The attending doctor will verify clinical findings by physically examining the same patient and assessing the accuracy of the diagnosis and treatment plan. The unlicensed optometry resident will be allowed to rotate outside of the VA clinic in the external rotation clinics at the discretion of the residency program supervisor. Additional Comments: 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. Residency applicants will be evaluated and chosen without regard to sex, race, religion, age, national origin or handicap.


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.