Overview Virginia Eyecare Clinic and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University have jointly developed a one-year residency program to assist in the advancement of clinical optometric education. Virginia Eyecare Clinic is a rural private practice in whose mission is to provide exceptional eye care by compassionate professionals to the residents of Buchanan and nearby counties through the delivery of high quality clinical care, relatable patient education and communication, and interaction with highly skilled and trained doctors, staff, optometric residents and optometric students.
The program is designed to enhance the clinical skills necessary to diagnose and manage a wide variety of primary and refractive care, as well as ocular diseases and conditions. Click to review the Residency Handbook and curriculum description.
The residency program will provide abundant experience in the medical, post-surgical and refractive management of primary care and ocular disease patients. In addition to the advanced clinical experience, the program will provide opportunities for teaching staff and community through training, screenings and community outreach, scholarly activity including grand rounds, journal club and service to both the profession and the community.
Special Features Grand Rounds hosted at Virginia Eyecare Clinic, with local interdisciplinary guests invited Participation encouraged at local RAM clinics Participation encouraged at local and national CE conferences Community involvement via screenings and health fairs Surgery/Clinical observation at two separate private care, multi-specialty referral centers Other potential rotations are available based on resident interest (low vision, neurology, etc.) Submission of posters/presentations to national optometry conferences is encouraged
Residency Position Available If you are a fourth-year optometric intern or recent graduate and are interested in undertaking a one-year intensive training session which specializes in primary care / ocular disease in a rural based community private practice, please contact Amanda Umlandt, OD, Residency Program Supervisor at 276-935-4558 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligibility Criteria Residency candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency program. Candidates must have passed the NBEO Part I and Part II, having preferably taken Part III by application deadline. The selected candidate must have passed all sections of the NBEO by start date. Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in the state of Virginia by the start date. It is the policy of Virginia Eyecare Clinic to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons; to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. Our program has reviewed its admission eligibility criteria to ensure that the criteria indicates that prior to matriculation, applicants must have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.
Application Information Application to the residency programs is in conjunction with the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) which is a program of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and it is supervised by the ORMatch Committee. ORMatch is administered by National Matching Services Inc. Applicants must apply through ORMatch online at www.natmatch.com/ormatch. Please submit the following directly to the program director:
Letter of interest explaining why you wish to pursue this residency (email is acceptable)
Resume / curriculum vitae (email is acceptable)
Current optometric transcript (complete transcript when available, copy is acceptable)
Current NBEO transcript (complete transcript when available, copy is acceptable)
Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to your clinical abilities (an email version of the letter is acceptable)
Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinic and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills
Stipend and Benefits $35,000 (one position available annually) Housing stipend provided (taxable) Health/dental insurance Professional liability insurance Annual vacation leave and sick leave Authorized absence for attendance at professional meetings
Program Description The Virginia Eyecare Clinic has been serving the eyecare needs of residents in Buchanan and surrounding counties in Virginia for nearly three decades. Our mission and goals focus us to care for our patients and community, building relationships and addressing ocular needs with the highest level of care possible. The resident would be involved in Family Eye Care from infants to geriatrics, vision care and contact lens fits of all levels of difficulty, ocular disease diagnosis, care and management, and coordination with specialty referrals to outside providers as needed. Our residents will get the special opportunity to help provide care to the far reaches of our community and county in caring for our patients in a rural community through the involvement in RAM Clinics, development of satellite clinic locations and participation in community screening programs.
The Resident will have ample opportunity to diagnose and manage glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, dry eye and other eye conditions in patients with complex medical and ocular histories. In this community, several rare genetic and chromosomal diseases are present. Advanced ophthalmic procedures, including gonioscopy, pachymetry, peripheral retina evaluation with BIO and fundus lens, scleral depression, digital photography, visual field testing and optical coherence tomography will be highlighted.
Residents will order appropriate lab work, imaging studies, and other procedures when indicated, and they will be able to follow their own patients. They will primarily perform direct care examinations, they will be able to manage their patients post-operatively and will have the opportunity to observe surgery and evaluations at outside offices. There may be some opportunities for precepting fourth-year externs during the residency program. Residents will be expected to prepare grand rounds cases and journal club discussions monthly. Residents will prepare a publishable quality paper case report, or research; required completion of all patient care and activity logs; required completion of all evaluations; prepare presentation of Grand Rounds at Resident's Day at Salus University in order to successfully complete the residency program."
Date Program Established: 07/2018 Accreditation Status: First Year Program Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No Program Length: Twelve months Number of Positions Available in Program: 1 Program Starting Date: July 1
Program Mission Statement: The mission of the Residency in Family Practice/Ocular Disease with an Emphasis on Rural Health Care is to recruit qualified graduating or graduate optometrists; to train the entry level graduate optometrist in advanced patient care through clinical management and co-management experiences in a broad range of ophthalmic disorders; to promote development of skills as a self-learner; and to provide a suitable environment in which the resident can flourish.
Curriculum Patient Care
The resident will see patients in clinic Monday - Friday on a weekly basis.
The resident will accrue a minimum of 1000 patient encounters. Subdivided patient treatment goals include 200 pediatric cases, 500 anterior segment cases, 400 posterior segment cases, 150 Diabetic cases, 100 glaucoma cases, 100 post operative cases, 125 contact lens cases. These numbers do not add up to 1000 due to significant patient crossover within categories.
The Resident will work up to seeing a full caseload of 10+ patients per day, to include a variety of patient needs and encounters. The ocular disease will include a caseload heavy in cataract, PCIOL, posterior capsular opacification, glaucoma, macular degeneration of all forms, diabetes of varying severity, optic nerve disorders, peripheral retinal disorders, PVD and retinal detachment, dry eye, various forms of conjunctivitis, blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, corneal dystrophy and degeneration, herpetic eye disease, corneal ulcer and infection, external and internal ocular neoplasm, uveitis. The family practice will include a caseload heavy in refractive and contact lens patients, ocular muscle misalignment, amblyopia, accommodative disorders. The resident will become proficient in advanced ophthalmic techniques and minor procedures, including but not limited to: epilation, punctal occlusion, corneal foreign body removal utilizing varied techniques, gonioscopy, specialty contact lens fitting, ocular imaging such as OCT, digital anterior and posterior segment photography, Prokera placement, injection of chalazia with a steroid, bandage contact lens placement, corneal debridement.
The Resident will rotate on call duties after hours with the Residency supervisor per supervision policy
Allow the resident to participate in the clinical supervision and education of optometry students and externs during the fourth quarter of the residency if resident is able to practice in accordance with the full extent of fourth quarter supervision policy.
Didactic Learning: Grand Rounds / Presentations
The Resident will participate in monthly grand rounds, at least two of these grand rounds will involve interdisciplinary residents, students and/or professionals. Resident is encouraged to regularly engage in self-study and independent learning in any area that the resident does not feel clinically or diagnostically confident.
The Resident will participate in monthly journal club with the residency supervisor and any available onsite students.
Resident will participate in PCOSU’s Residents Day Grand Rounds Presentations.
The resident will attend conferences and join optometric organizations as desired and as able.
Resident will complete a research paper, literature review or case report of publishable quality by the end of the residency program.
Resident will have online access to Blackboard, which includes all current journals through Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
The resident will keep a record of all Scholarly activities undertaken in an external spreadsheet log.
The Resident will participate in PCOSU’s Residents Day.
The Resident will participate in Grand Rounds monthly at VECC
The Resident will participate in Journal Club monthly at VECC
The Resident will be offered the opportunity to participate in lecturing opportunities as available.
The Resident will produce a publishable quality paper, case report or research by the end of the Residency Program.
The Resident will be encouraged to participate in local, state and national meetings by submitting papers and/or poster abstracts and will participate if selected by meeting
The resident will participate in various school and health screenings, volunteer clinics and other local optometric volunteer opportunities as they arise.
Encourage involvement in statewide optometric outreach programs and optometric mission trips as opportunities arise.
Residents will participate in InfantSEE screenings and education of local health providers and patients regarding optometry's role in health care.
Encourage membership and participation in optometric organizations.
Encourage involvement and interaction with local politicians.
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities: Patient Care:
The Resident will see patients in clinic Monday-Friday on a weekly basis: 35-40 hours per week.
The Resident will accrue a minimum of 1,000-1,200 patient encounters.
The Resident will work up to seeing a full case load of approximately 20+ patients per day.
The Resident will rotate on call duties after hours with the Residency Supervisor on a 2 week month basis as is seen fit.
Completion Requirements Completion of a publishable quality paper case report, or research; completion of all patient care and activity logs; completion of all evaluations; presentation of Grand Rounds at Resident's Day at Salus University.