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.
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.
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) Subsidized housing costs Health/dental insurance Professional liability insurance Annual vacation leave and sick leave Authorized absence for attendance at professional meetings
Program Description 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 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.
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.
Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1 Program Starting Date: July 1
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.
The Resident will interact and have opportunities for didactic supervision with externs as opportunities arise.
Didactic Learning Grand Rounds/Presentations/Scholarly Learning:
Monthly, the Resident will participate in gran rounds with attendees – both optometric and interdisciplinary to be invited.
The Resident will attend conferences and join optometric organizations as desired and as able.
The Resident will annually attend Resident Day at Salus PCO Campus.
The Resident will participate in various school and health screenings, RAM clinics and other optometric volunteer opportunities as they arise.
The Resident will participate in InfantSEE screenings and education of local health providers and patients regarding optometry’s role in health care.
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.