Program Descriptions

Residency Programs in Ocular Disease

Residency Description

CINCINNATI EYE INSTITUTE

MISSION:

The Residency in Ocular Disease at the Cincinnati Eye Institute seeks to attract a superior optometric graduate and provide him/her with an advanced clinical and didactic experience in ocular disease diagnosis and treatment. Individuals who complete the program will be qualified to deliver a high level of clinical care in the management of ocular disease, serve as faculty in optometric institutions, and serve the profession through participation in optometric education.

GOALS:

  1. Improve the resident’s proficiency in the detection and management of ocular disease and ocular signs of systemic disease.
  2. Provide extensive clinical experience that will promote the development of differential diagnosis, treatment, and case management skills.
  3. Improve the resident’s ability to care for patients in a pre- and post-surgical time frame.
  4. Develop the resident’s ability to function as a member of a health care team through participation in an outpatient practice with tertiary eye care providers in the anterior segment, cataract surgery, glaucoma, retina, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, refractive and urgent eye care.

To achieve these goals, the resident will provide patient care, attend lectures and seminars, rotate through sub-specialty clinics, and conduct original research. 
The Cincinnati Eye Institute and Outpatient Eye Surgery Center is located on the outskirts of Cincinnati in southwest Ohio. Providing care in nine different sub-specialties of ophthalmology, this new 120,000 square foot facility offers the most modern treatment of medical and surgical eye disorders. Residents will practice in a state-of-the-art facility and will be exposed to a large number of patients (CEI logs 90,000 patients/year) with a variety of ocular and systemic disease.

CURRICULUM:

  1. Patient Care Activities - the resident will see patients in these specialty services, generally in half-day units.
    • Cataract and General Ophthalmology Service
    • Glaucoma Service
    • Retinal Service
    • Neuro-Ophthalmology
    • Urgent Care
    • Cornea
    • Flexible Time - the resident is encouraged to schedule additional rotations in areas of interest (e.g. oculo-plastics)
  2. Scholarship & Service to Organized Optometry
    • Cincinnati Eye Institute hosts quarterly continuing education meetings for area optometrists. The resident is required to participate.
    • The resident attends Grand Rounds at the University of Cincinnati one half day per week (throughout the academic year), and cataract, cornea, and fluorescein conferences, each once per month.
    • The resident will be in charge of a grand rounds continuing education session of the local Ohio Optometric Association zone meeting.
  3. Research/Case Presentation 
    The resident is required to present a case presentation at a regional/ national optometric meeting or complete a clinical research project capable of being accepted by an optometric journal. The resident will also present a poster at the East/West Eye Conference in Cleveland (sponsored by the Ohio Optometric Association).

PERIOD:

The duration of the program is 13 months. The resident is assigned 40 hours per week with no on-call duties. The current stipend is $36,025 plus fringe benefits. CEI observes six national holidays, and the resident is permitted to have one week of personal leave and one week of sick leave during the program. The resident is also granted professional leave to attend one professional meeting during the program. CEI provides professional liability protection for the resident.

The resident will receive a certificate certifying completion at the end of the residency. Successful completion of the program requires attendance or excused absences from all clinical assignments, satisfactory diagnoses and treatment plans for all patient encounters, scholarly activity such as a publishable paper or poster and providing CE lectures at CEI and OSU as well as resident evaluations of the program's faculty and curriculum.

STIPEND*:

Established by the Board of the Cincinnati Eye Institute. Currently set at $37,116.30, plus health insurance and malpractice insurance.

POSITIONS: One

POLICY ON COUNSELING, REMEDIATION AND DISMISSAL OF RESIDENT:

Residents are expected to perform duties and behave in a professional and ethical manner. Performance that deviates from the expected level will result in the following procedural format.

  1. Resident will be verbally counseled regarding the issue. If the issue is resolved then no further action will be needed.
  2. If the issue persists, the resident will be put on remediation. This requires monthly follow-up. Each month the issue will be revisited to determine one of the three possible actions as listed below. 
     
    1. The issue is resolved, no further remediation.
    2. On-going remediation.
    3. Termination if a major violation of clinical or ethical behavior.

RESIDENCY SITE COORDINATOR INFORMATION:

Dr. Kevin T. Corcoran
Director of Optometric Services
Cincinnati Eye Institute
1945 CEI Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45242
phone: 513-984-5133
fax: 513-569-2969
email: kcorcoran@cincinnatieye.com
web: http://www.cincinnatieye.com

Residency Description

CINCINNATI VA MEDICAL CENTER

MISSION:

The mission of the optometry residency program at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH (Cincinnati VAMC) is to train individuals to be leaders in optometry by having advanced clinical competence, current knowledge, the capacity to practice full-scope optometry within an integrated health care setting, and who have the skills to participate in clinical research and optometric

GOALS:

  1. To increase the resident’s clinical competence and confidence in the delivery of eye care to veterans through direct patient care activities.
    1. Residents will have at least 1200 patient encounters,
      • At least 250 will be glaucoma patients
      • At least 250 will be diabetic patients
      • At least 100 will be macular degeneration patients
      • There will be at least 50 from the following categories:
        • Functionally significant cataracts
        • Acute care (red eye, foreign body)
        • Other retinal vascular disease
  • To broaden the resident’s ophthalmic knowledge base of ocular disease processes, and to enhance their ability to apply this clinically.
    1. The resident will attend at least 75% of the weekly grand rounds programs sponsored by the University of Cincinnati Ophthalmology Department.
    2. he resident will attend at least 75% of the monthly University of Cincinnati’s Optometric Continuing Education Lecture Series.
    3. Residents will prepare case reports and journal review s as assigned.
  • To develop the resident’s skills as an optometric educator.
    1. Residents will present a poster at a national/regional meeting.
    2. Residents will present at least one continuing education lecture at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, University of Cincinnati Department of Ophthalmology, a local zone meeting or to the staff at the Cincinnati VAMC.
    3. Residents will prepare a paper of publishable quality or complete a research project.
  • To cultivate the resident’s ability to interact with other healthcare providers in a multidisciplinary setting.
    1. Residents will observe healthcare providers from at least three different medical disciplines.
    2. Residents will attend hospital-wide lectures at the Cincinnati VAMC and/or University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio is part of VA Healthcare System of Ohio, Network 10 and consists of the main campus on Vine Street in Cincinnati and five Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Florence, KY; Bellevue, KY; Clermont County, OH; Hamilton, OH and Lawrenceburg, IN. The Cincinnati VA provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including medicine, surgery, neurology, physical medicine, psychiatry, rehabilitation and mental health. The surgery care section has a robust ophthalmology program with all of the subspecialty services available. The medical center offers a wide variety of special programs including a hospice end-of-life care, a skilled care nursing home, geriatric evaluation and management, respite care, an Alzheimer's unit, home base primary care, residential and outpatient post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a wide range of mental health programs, including substance abuse programs. The hospital is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati Medical School and has health-related training agreements with over fifty colleges and universities.

The clinic population is comprised primarily of males in their 6th – 8th decades of life. The prevalence of ocular disease in this population is quite high. While some “normal” eyes are examined, the vast majority of patients present with one or more chronic ocular conditions including: glaucoma, ocular hypertension, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration or cataracts. A significant number of patients also present with acute conditions including: uveitis, keratitis, conjunctivitis, trauma, and diplopia.

The Cincinnati VAMC provides full-scope optometric and ophthalmologic care within a hospital setting where optometry has more than 6800 patient encounters per year and ophthalmology has over 5,500. The optometry clinic consists of 7 staff optometrists, 5 ophthalmic technicians and a tele-retinal photographer /technician. The medical center also has an ophthalmology clinic consisting of four University of Cincinnati ophthalmology residents and 14 consulting ophthalmologists with specialties in retina, glaucoma, cornea, strabismus, neurology and oculo-plastics. The optometry clinic and ophthalmology clinic often share patients and interact frequently. There are four fully equipped exam lanes devoted to ophthalmology and eight devoted to optometry. Auxiliary equipment includes a digital fundus camera with fluorescein angiography capabilities, a digital anterior segment camera, lasers (SLT, argon and YAG), an A and B scan ultrasonography unit, a Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer (HVF), a Cirrus OCT, a Visante OCT, Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT), Frequency Doubling Technology perimetry (FDT) and a pachymeter. An eyeglass dispensary with a licensed optician is located on the hospital grounds for the convenience of our patients.

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Please send 2 letters of reference, Optometry school transcript and a letter of intent.

Interviews will be completed in January and February.

PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:

Clinical training to include at least 1200 patient encounters. The resident will participate in low vision clinic, depending on their interest. Observational experiences will also be available when interesting conditions or patients are examined by other doctors in the service. Training in auxiliary testing and advanced skills including: A/B scan, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT), Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer (HVF), anterior/posterior segment photography, Fluorescein Angiography (FANG), gonioscopy, scleral depression, and punctual dilation and lacrimal irrigation. The Ohio State University provides visitations to organizations for the visually impaired which may include; the Ohio State School for the Blind, Pilot Dogs of America, Vision Center of Central Ohio (Blind Rehabilitation Center), and the Chicago Lighthouse. Residents attend weekly ophthalmology grand rounds; monthly optometric continuing education lectures and participates in various clinic assignments (i.e. lectures, case presentations, journal clubs, and clinical workshops). Residents rotate through various subspecialty ophthalmic practices including surgery (cataract, retinal, glaucoma and cornea). They attend hospital-wide lectures, participate on multidisciplinary teams in outpatient clinics, and observe healthcare providers from different medical disciplines (e.g. primary care medicine, neurology, radiology, and specialty ophthalmic practices). Educational skills are developed through preparing a paper of publishable quality, constructing and presenting a poster at the EastWest Eye Conference, and giving a continuing education lecture. Additional presentations made at the major optometric conferences are encouraged (American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Southeastern Educational Congress of Optometry (SECO), American Optometric Association (AOA)), and Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS).

PERIOD:

Twelve months, beginning July 1.

STIPEND:

Established by the VA Headquarters in Washington D.C., currently $33,194

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Residents are eligible for health and life insurance and accrue 4hrs annual leave and sick leave per pay period.

POSITIONS: Three

Web: http://www.cincinnati.va.gov/

RESIDENCY SITE COORDINATOR INFORMATION:

Kelly R. Thompson, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Residency Site Coordinator
Cincinnati VA Medical Center – Eye Center
2929 Highland Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone: (513) 559-3560
Cell: (513) 276-9878
Fax: (513) 475-6944
E-mail: Kelly.thompson4@va.gov

Residency Description

CHILLICOTHE/COLUMBUS VA MEDICAL CENTERS

MISSION:

The mission of this Primary Eye Care Residency is to develop broad based diagnostic care and therapeutic management skills as optometric practitioners in a multi-disciplinary environment. Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver a high level of clinical care and to serve as optometric educators.

GOALS:

    1. Strengthen the resident's confidence and clinical competence in delivering primary eye care to include caring for the visually impaired.
    2. Train the resident to function effectively within a multi-disciplinary health care environment.
    3. Provide the resident with experience in therapeutics and the management of complex ocular disease.
    4. Provide the resident with the opportunity and experience to become an effective educator.
    5. Instill in the resident an appreciation for the significance of research and other scholarly activity.

To achieve these goals, the resident will provide direct patient care, attend lectures and seminars, participate in specialized clinical programs and produce a publication-quality case report. The resident will interact with retinal, glaucoma, corneal, cataract, and oculoplastic ophthalmologic sub-specialists. One day per week involves multi-disciplinary practice coordinated with The Ohio State University.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The residency program is a 12 month program split equally between the Columbus and Chillicothe VA Facilities. Patient care focuses on ocular disease at each site. A five week rotation through a didactic program including Neurology, Endocrinology, Dermatology, Urgent Care, Primary Care, Ophthalmology Subspecialties, and others accents the systemic care of ocular disease patients. Teaching opportunities include laboratory instruction at the OSU College of Optometry and precepting OSU College of Optometry 4th year students at the Chillicothe VAMC. Residents will present a poster presentation at the East-West Eye Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Residents will also have the opportunity to lecture to local Optometrists for continuing education credit. The resident will be mentored during the development of an Academy quality paper. Low Vision patient care and Vision Rehabilitation experiences complete a comprehensive residency program.

The Chillicothe VA Medical Center is a neuropsychiatric/general medical facility situated on 300 acres of land near Chillicothe, Ohio. As the major psychiatric referral center in the Ohio consortium, this station offers a full complement of services in medical, psychiatric, extended care, and rehabilitative medicine to eligible veterans. Chillicothe's community care outpatient program, which combines community nursing home care with residential care, is one of the largest in the VA system.

The Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center is located near downtown Columbus, Ohio. This state of the art medical facility, which opened in the fall of 2008, is located at 420 N. James Road. The education and training of residents is a high priority at the clinic which has sixteen affiliations including The Ohio State University Colleges of Medicine, Optometry, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy.

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

The National ORMS Residency Matching Program will be utilized. Complete applications will also include three letters of recommendation and an official transcript. These will be provided directly to the residency program supervisor. Please contact the program supervisor for more information.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION:

  1. Attend and complete all assigned clinic sessions, conducting him/herself in a professional manner, and remaining until all patients are cared for and she/he is excused by the clinic preceptor.
  2. Attend and document all other scholarly and didactic activities, including poster presentation and recruiting presentations. Present a poster at the East/West eye conference or equivalent meeting.
  3. Achieve “expected” or above ratings in the Clinical Performance and Case management Skills, Professionalism and Interpersonal Skills, and Teaching and Supervisory Skills sections on all resident evaluations, or successfully complete a remediation program. For “Below Average” evaluations in other areas, improve performance to the satisfaction of his/her mentor and the Program Supervisor.
  4. Write a paper or case report of publishable quality meeting necessary deadlines
  5. Deliver a presentation of your written work at the OSU residency night
  6. Accumulate 25 hours of continuing education outside of your normal residency work schedule.
  7. Complete all assigned evaluations of the program and faculty.

PERIOD:

Twelve months, beginning July 1.

STIPEND:

Established by the VA Headquarters in Washington D.C., currently $33,320

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Residents are eligible for health and life insurance and accrue 4hrs annual leave and sick leave per pay period.

POSITIONS: Five

RESIDENCY SITE COORDINATOR INFORMATION:

Susan Zacatelco, O.D., FAAO
Optometry Service
Chillicothe VA Medical Center
17273 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601
740-773-1141 ext.7853
740-772-7143 (Fax)
susan.zacatelco@va.gov
Web: http://www.chillicothe.va.gov/ 

Brett Irvin, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.
Columbus VAACC
420 N James Road
Columbus, OH 43219
614-257-5392
614-257-5288 (fax)
brett.irvin@va.gov
Web: http://www.columbus.va.gov/

Residency Description

OHIO EYE ALLIANCE

MISSION:

The Residency in Ocular Disease seeks to attract entry level optometric graduates and to provide them with advanced didactic and clinical experiences diagnosing and treating ocular disease. Residents will practice optometry in a progressive and comprehensive manner within an ophthalmology/optometry clinic to maximize their experiences treating challenging medical and visual ocular disorders. The resident will assist in the teaching of the student externs and present various education lectures. A graduate of the program will be qualified to manage a wide range of ocular conditions and serve as a faculty member at an optometric institution

GOALS:

  1. Provide the resident with the opportunity and clinical experience that will promote the development of differential diagnosis, treatment and management skills in ocular disease.
  2. Provide the resident with the opportunity to function as a member of a health care team through participation in a practice with tertiary care eye care professionals providing care in anterior segment, cataract, glaucoma, medical retina, pediatrics and oculoplastics and urgent eye care.
  3. Provide the resident with the opportunity and experience to effectively manage patients who have had a variety of ocular surgeries in a pre and post operative time frame.
  4. Provide the resident with the opportunity and experience to become an effective educator.

To achieve these objectives, the resident will provide direct patient care, attend lectures and 
seminars, participate in specialized clinical programs, and conduct original research.

Ohio Eye Alliance is a surgical referral center located in northeast Ohio with three office locations. The center specializes in cataract/IOL implant surgery, glaucoma treatment and surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, medical retina, and oculoplastics. Residents will practice in state-of-the-art facilities and receive a wide variety of diagnostic and treatment experience.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Ohio Eye Alliance is an ophthalmology referral center specializing in glaucoma, cataract, corneal pathology, pediatrics, adult strabismus, oculoplastics, retinal disease and anterior segment pathology. The resident participates in all areas these areas including acquiring extensive experience in pre- and post- operative care for a wide variety of ocular surgical procedures. Offices are located in Canton, Alliance and Boardman, Ohio. The program provides a unique opportunity for the resident to work directly with both ophthalmologists and optometrists in the treatment of ocular pathology.

HOURS:

The resident’s normal hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm. The resident will occasionally report to the office prior to 8:30am to see post ops in conjunction with a surgeon. The resident has no weekend or call responsibilities.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM:

  • Attendance or excused absence from all clinical assignments
  • Participate in patient care in the following general areas (including appropriate diagnosis and management plans for patient encounters):
    • Glaucoma and Cornea Service
    • Retina Service
    • Anterior Segment Disease
    • Strabismus and Oculoplastics
    • Urgent Care
  • Scholarly Activities:
    • Grand rounds attendance
    • Case presentation at Ohio State Optometry Resident’s Day
    • Lecture presentation at optometry continuing education meeting
    • Poster presentation at East West Eye Conference
  • Surgical Observation:
    • Glaucoma (laser and surgical)
    • Oculoplastics
    • Retina procedures (injections, laser and surgery)
    • Cataract
    • Strabismus
    • Cornea (DSAEK, PK, etc.)
  • Obtain a state optometry license

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Scott Young, Program Supervisor. The program participates in OR Match. When application materials are on file with the program supervisor, the applicant will be contacted regarding an interview. The resident is selected based on credentials presented and a personal interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying disabilities. Residents must be graduates of a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE. Accepted Candidates must obtain an Ohio Optometry license.

The resident must provide:

  • Must complete an OR Match application
  • Transcripts from school or college of Optometry
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants should contact the residency coordinator to determine an on-site interview date and time.

PERIOD: Twelve months, beginning July 1.

STIPEND*:

Established by the Board of Ohio Eye Alliance, currently set at $34,000 plus health, dental and malpractice insurance.

POSITIONS: One

RESIDENCY SITE COORDINATOR INFORMATION:

Scott Young, OD
Ohio Eye Alliance, Inc.
985 S. Sawburg
Alliance, OH 44601
330-823-1680
330-823-3831 (Fax)
syod13@gmail.com
Web: http://www.ohioeye.com
*STIPEND…subject to change. Please contact the Residency Site Coordinator for current information.

Residency Description

THE EYE CENTER OF TOLEDO

MISSION:

The Residency in Ocular Disease at The Eye Center of Toledo seeks to provide to a superior optometric graduate an intensive clinical and didactic experience in ocular disease diagnosis and treatment. Individuals completing the program will be qualified to provide a high level of clinical care in the management of ocular disease and to serve as faculty within optometric institutions.

GOALS:

  • To improve the resident’s skills and clinical judgment necessary to diagnose and manage primary eye conditions in a competent and efficient manner, and maintain the standard of care.
  • To increase the resident’s knowledge of ocular surgical procedures.
  • To provide the resident opportunities and resources to acquire increased knowledge of ocular diseases, as well as communicative and teaching skills, so that the resident is comfortable in an academic and clinical education modality.
  • To enhance the resident’s ability to teach health care professionals.
  • To expose the resident to optometric organizations.

OBJECTIVES:

  • The resident will examine a sufficient number of patients so that he/she can develop his/her clinical skills. This includes the use of special testing procedures and will be evaluated by the residency supervisor and director.
  • The resident will observe a sufficient number of surgeries and participate in both pre- and post-operative care.
  • The resident is required to attend at least 40 hours of continuing education programs. He/she is also required to present a one hour lecture to Ohio State College of Optometry students, present a poster at the EastWest Eye Conference and/or SECO, and help the residency supervisor conduct workshops at The Eye Center of Toledo.
  • The resident is required to devote some of his/her time examining patients at the Mildred Bayer Clinic for the Homeless.
  • The resident is required to join the local optometric zone and the Ohio Optometric Association. The resident is also required to attend at least one Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) committee meeting and, if possible, join an OOA committee.
  • The resident is required to attend the East/West Eye Conference and is encouraged to attend national meetings.

To achieve these objectives, the resident will provide direct patient care, attend lectures and seminars, participate in specialized clinical programs, and conduct original research.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM AND AWARDING OF THE CERTIFICATE:

Clinical

The following clinical activities are required of the resident in order to satisfy completion of the program and awarding of the certificate. These requirements are included in the resident’s manual that is given to the resident at the start of the program, and include at least 1800 patient encounters in the following categories:

  • Glaucoma (N=500) Ex: open angle, closed angle, neovascular
  • Post surgical (N=400) Ex: lasik, glaucoma, avastin/lucentis/maucugen/triescence/kenolog, cataract, PK, keratectomies, blepharoplasties, etc.
  • Iritis (N=50) Ex: granulomatous vs non-granulomatous
  • Cornea (N=200) Ex: infectious, non-infectious, dry eye, trauma, etc.
  • Conjunctivitis (N=200) Ex: infectious and non-infectious
  • Neuro-optometry (N=50) Ex: cranial nerve palsies, pupil abnormalities belly’s palsy, graves disease, brain tumors, cerebral aneurysms, CNS issues, CVA, TIA, myasthenia gravis, papilledema, optic nerve edema, etc.
  • Retina (N=400) Ex: diabetes, HTN, armd, retinal tears/holes/detachments, Endophthalmitis, retinal arteriole/vein occlusions, macular holes, epi- retinal membranes, pseudoholes, vitritis, trauma, etc.

Scholarly Activities

The following scholarly activities are required of the resident in order to satisfy completion of the program and awarding of the certificate. These requirements are included in the resident’s manual that is given to the resident at the start of the program:

  • The resident must complete a manuscript of a case report which is of publishable quality.
  • At least once per year, the resident will be required to present a lecture or case presentation to students, staff and/or colleagues at a collaborative venue with the academic affiliate, The Ohio State University College of Optometry.
  • The resident will attend and present an article at the TECOT journal club meeting Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.
  • The resident will have opportunities to supervise 4th year optometry students in clinic Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.
  • The resident will complete a clinical poster to be presented at the East/West Eye Conference.
  • When applicable, the resident will present workshops for staff training.

The Eye Center of Toledo is a major eye care referral center located in Northwest Ohio. Residents will be exposed to a wide range of experiences, as the Center treats conditions affecting all parts of the eye and visual system. In addition to cataract and glaucoma treatments, doctors perform refractive, retinal and corneal surgeries. Residents will practice in state-of-the-art facilities and help educate referring doctors in co-management procedures of various ocular conditions.

PERIOD:

Twelve months, beginning July 1.

STIPEND:

Established by the Board at The Eye Center of Toledo, currently set at $42,000, plus health insurance reimbursement and malpractice insurance provided.

POSITIONS: One

SPECIAL APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Inquiries (for this program only) should be directed to Dr. David Bejot, Program Supervisor. The program participates in OR Match. When application materials are on file with the program supervisor, the applicant will be contacted regarding an interview. The resident is selected based on credentials presented and a personal interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying disabilities. Residents must be graduates of a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE and must be US citizens. Accepted Candidates must obtain an Ohio Optometry license to treat patients in the clinical setting of The Eye Center of Toledo.

The resident must provide:

  • Must complete an OR Match application
  • Transcripts from school or college of Optometry, as well as, undergraduate college
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • NBEO scores
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants will be notified of on-site interview date and time.

RESIDENCY SITE COORDINATOR INFORMATION:

David Bejot, O.D.
The Eye Center of Toledo 
3000 Regency Court, Suite 100
Toledo, OH 43623
Cell 419-343-6750
800-832-2016
419-882-2020
419-885-8440 (Fax)
Email: dlbtecot@yahoo.com

Residency Description

LOUIS STOKES CLEVELAND VA MEDICAL CENTER

MISSION:

The mission of the Ocular Disease Residency at the Cleveland VA Medical Center is to develop residents with advanced clinical skills and competency within an integrated health care system, as well as fostering lifelong learning and achievement in the profession for the betterment of patient care.

GOALS:

  1. To develop advanced clinical competence and confidence in the delivery of eye care especially regarding the treatment and management of ocular disease.
  2. To increase the residents' ophthalmic knowledge base, and to enhance their ability to apply this clinically
  3. To develop the residents' ability to promote and disseminate ophthalmic knowledge.
  4. To effectively integrate the residents' ability to contribute in a multi-disciplinary health care setting.

This residency is designed to foster the skills of optometrists to enable them to manage patients with a high incidence of eye and systemic disease. Residents provide patient care with graduated supervision in the setting of a major, academically affiliated medical center, with rotations to the adjacent Blind Rehabilitation Center and two freestanding outpatient clinics. Clinical care delivered cooperatively with other health professions within the framework of a comprehensive health care facility is the primary focus of this residency and is amply supplemented by rounds, journal club, case conferences, lectures, and rotations.

Key features of the residency are multiple residents, major educational and research-oriented facilities, close cooperation with an academic ophthalmology program, optometry retina clinics, unique Optometry Conference activities, advanced contact lens and low vision experience, multiple clinical settings, and opportunity to manage challenging patients with graduated, increasing independence.

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is part of the VA Healthcare System of Ohio, providing health care to veterans in north central and northeast Ohio at the Medical Center and multiple Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Residents rotate among three sites:

The Wade Park Division is located in the University Circle area of Cleveland, a major medical, educational, and cultural hub. Much of the acute and tertiary care, as well as outpatient care, is delivered at this facility. Due to its proximity to the medical school affiliate, Case Western Reserve University, much of the medical education activity, including ophthalmology resident training, takes place at this VA unit.

The Cleveland VA Blind Rehabilitation Center, located at the Wade Park facility, is a 15 bed comprehensive blind rehabilitation program including low vision, orientation and mobility, living skills, computer access, manual skills, leisure and recreational activities.

The Parma CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic) is about 40 minutes Southwest of Wade park. This is the newest and largest of our CBOC's with a broad scope of services offered.

The Canton CBOC is about 90 minutes from Cleveland in Canton, Ohio. The services of this very active outpatient clinic include optometry, radiology, pharmacy, dietetics, psychology, and medicine.

PERIOD:

Twelve months, beginning July 1. Clinical administrative hours are 0800-1630, although patient care may require later attendance.

STIPEND: Established by the VA Headquarters in Washington D.C., currently $33,230

BENEFITS: Residents are eligible for health and life insurance and accrue 4 hrs annual leave and of sick leave per pay period. Professional liability is covered by Federal Tort Claims act at all clinics.

POSITIONS: Five

SPECIAL APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Inquiries (for this program only) should be directed to Dr. David Roncone, Program Supervisor. The program participates in OR Match. When application materials are on file with the program supervisor, the applicant will be contacted regarding an interview. Residents are selected by a faculty committee based on credentials presented and a personal interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying disabilities. Residents must be graduates of a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE and must be US citizens. Accepted Candidates must obtain an Ohio Optometry license to treat patients in the clinical setting of the Cleveland VA Facilities.

RESIDENCY SITE COORDINATOR INFORMATION:

David Roncone, O.D.
Optometry Section
Louis Stokes VAMC
10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
216-791-3800 ext.3902
mailto: David.Roncone@va.gov 

Web: http://www.cleveland.va.gov

Residency Description

THE ERDEY SEARCY EYE GROUP

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease at the Erdey Searcy Eye Group is to provide a unique post-doctoral experience, both clinical and didactic, in ocular disease diagnosis and treatment to an exceptional optometric graduate. Graduates of this residency are trained to deliver superlative clinical care, to serve as educators in optometric institutions and within the community at large, and are able to pursue professional opportunities requiring a high level of clinical expertise.

Program Goals

  1. To improve the resident's clinical knowledge in primary eye care, as well as the diagnosis and management of anterior segment and posterior segment disorders, and ocular manifestations of systemic disease.
  2. To develop and enhance the resident's advanced diagnostic skills through the use of gonioscopy, fundoscopy, automated perimetry, ocular photography, corneal topography, corneal pachymetry, ultrasonography, ocular coherence tomography, and other diagnostic instrumentation.
  3. To enhance the resident's knowledge of advanced eye care procedures, ocular surgical procedures, and the care of pre- and post-operative patients.
  4. To develop and improve the resident's scholarly activity skills, including those required for lecturing and publication.
  5. To provide the resident with the necessary academic knowledge and clinical skills to pursue a career within academia, clinical education, or patient care.

Eligibility and Application Procedure

  • Apply through and participate in ORMatch at www.natmatch.com/ormatch.
  • Graduate from an accredited school or college of optometry prior to matriculation into the residency program.
  • Pass Part I and Part II of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry exams.
  • Send the following required application materials to the program coordinator: letter of intent, curriculum vitae, professional school transcripts, and two to three letters of recommendation.

Selection Procedure

  • Application materials are sent to the residency director.
  • The residency director and clinical director interview candidates.
  • The residency director and clinical director rank candidates based on the application materials and the interview. The list is submitted to ORMatch.
  • ORMatch contacts the program with the results of the match.
  • The residency director contacts the matched candidate and confirms their enrollment in the program.

Program Completion Requirements

The following activities are required of the resident in order to satisfy completion of the program:

Clinical Activities

1500 total patient encounters

  • 400 Cataract (examples: nuclear sclerosis, anterior or posterior subcapsular, cortical, traumatic, etc.)
  • 400 Glaucoma (examples: open angle, closed angle, low tension, neovascular, traumatic, etc.)
  • 200 Post-operative (examples: cataract, refractive, corneal, glaucoma, retinal, eye lid, etc.)
  • 150 Cornea (examples: keratoconus, dry eye, dystrophies/degenerations, ulcers, traumatic injuries and/or scarring, etc.)
  • 200 Retina (examples: diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, tears/holes/detachments, retinal arteriole/vein occlusions, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, presumed ocular histoplasmosis, traumatic injuries and/or scarring, etc.)
  • 30 Neuro-ocular (examples: cranial nerve palsies, pupillary abnormalities, papilledema, pseudotumor, grave's disease, central nervous system tumors, aneurisms, CVAs, TIAs, myasthenia gravis, etc.)
  • 30 Iritis (examples: acute vs. chronic, anterior vs. posterior, granulomatous vs. nongranulomatous, etc.)
  • 40 Conjunctivitis (examples: bacterial, viral, contact-lens related, allergic, etc.)
  • 50 Surgery Observation (examples: cataract, refractive, corneal, glaucoma, retinal, eye lid, etc.)

Additionally, the resident will:

  1. Attend and complete all assigned clinic sessions, conducting him/herself in a professional manner, and remaining until all patients are cared for and he/she is excused by the clinic supervisor.
  2. Attend and document all other scholarly and didactic activities.
  3. Achieve "expected" or above ratings in the Clinical Performance and Case Management Skills, Professionalism and Interpersonal Skills, and Teaching and Supervisory Skills sections on all resident evaluations, or successfully complete a remediation program. For "Below Average" evaluations in other areas, improve performance to the satisfaction of his/her mentor and the program supervisor.
  4. Complete all assigned evaluations of the program and faculty.

Program Length, Terms, and Duty Hours

The length of the residency is 54 weeks, beginning on the first Monday in July and ending after 54 weeks on a Friday. The resident is expected to work from 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. (or until last patient, whichever comes later) every weekday, Monday through Friday.

Stipend

Currently $33,000. Additionally, 2 weeks of vacation is provided, along with health and malpractice insurance.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Erdey Searcy Eye Group is an equal opportunity employer. Employment occurs without regard to race, religion, creed, color, sex, age, disability, national origin or sexual orientation. When making employment decisions, we will consider, among other factors, each individual employee's qualifications, skill, ability, potential, experience, and other factors, which make each employee a valued asset of this practice.

POSITIONS

One

RESIDENCY SITE COORDINATOR INFORMATION

Kasey Huffman, O.D.
The Erdey Searcy Eye Group
50 McNaughten Road, Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43213
614-863-3937
614-863-5010 (fax)
Email: khuffman@icanseeclearly.com
Website: http://www.icanseeclearly.com

Residency Description

DAYTON VA MEDICAL CENTER

MISSION:

The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease at the Dayton VA Medical Center is to train individuals to practice full scope optometry in a multidisciplinary setting with the highest skills and most current knowledge and to support participation in optometric education and other academic endeavors.

GOALS:

The goals of the program include:

  1. Train individuals in a multi-disci¬plinary practice setting to develop advanced clinical skills through direct patient care activities.
  2. Broaden the individual’s knowledge of ocular disease processes and ensure they are attuned to the most current information available.
  3. Provide opportunities to pursue new knowledge in the ophthalmic and vi¬sion sciences.
  4. Provide opportunities to precept fourth year optometry students in a clinical setting.
  5. Cultivate the individual’s ability to interact with other health care provid¬ers in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  6. Provide opportunities to present continuing education programs that enhance skills and promote lifelong learning.

HISTORY:

The Dayton VA Medical Center’s (VAMC) Optometry Section has offered Residencies in Hospital Based Primary Eye Care since 2000. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) and is an affiliate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

The program is funded for three (3) paid one-year residents each year. The program is approved for a fourth independently funded position. Although the emphasis of the residency program is on providing direct patient care, ample time is allotted for academic endeavors, student precepting, observations with ophthalmology subspecialties and observations with other medical disciplines.

FACILITY, LOCATION, HOSPITAL:

The Dayton VAMC consists of a general medical, surgical, and psychiatric hospital with 467 beds (225 nursing home, 127 acute care, and 115 domiciliary beds) all combined under one management. The hospital building was dedicated in 1992. It is located on a 382 acre tract at the Western edge of Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton VAMC also supports 4 Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Lima OH, Springfield OH, Middletown OH and Richmond IN. There are approximately 1,950 full time equivalent employees at the Medical Center.

OPTOMETRY CLINIC:

The optometry staff includes 5 full time staff optometrists, 2 part-time staff optometrists and 4 consultant optometrists. The Eye Clinic is shared with ophthalmology. The ophthalmology staff consists of two staff ophthalmologists, three ophthalmology residents and subspecialty ophthalmology consultants from The Ohio State University. A clinic manager and 5 technicians also support the Eye Clinic.

The Optometry Section provides comprehensive ocular care to any Veteran eligible for VA services. The main clinic is located in Building 330, the Patient Tower on the 6th floor. The Eye Clinic has twelve exam lanes, plus five auxiliary testing rooms which house two Humphrey visual field machines, B-scan, pachymeters, video slit lamps, Cirrus and Stratus OCT’s, fundus camera with fluoresceine capability, topographer, IOL master, Matrix visual field machine and a Goldmann visual field. Optometry services are also provided at all 4 CBOC locations. In 2008 an Advanced Low Vision Clinic was established at the Dayton VAMC. The Low Vision Clinic is staffed by a full time low vision optometrist, an orientation and mobility specialist, a low vision therapist and a program support assistant. The Low Vision Clinic provides low vision training and rehabilitation care and addresses the visual needs of Veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

HOURS:

The residents work a compressed schedule of four ten hour days per week. The normal working hours are 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM with a half-hour lunch. Optometry residents do not have on-call duty.

Sample Optometry Resident Schedule

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM R1/R2
7-7:30 Admin
7:30-12:30 Clinic
R3/R4 Off Day
R1,2,3,4
7-7:30 Admin
7:30-10:00 Academic
10:00-12:30 Clinic
R1,2,3,4
7-7:30 Admin
7:30-12:30 Clinic
**CL Clinic
R1,2,3,4
7-7:30 Admin 
7:30-12:30 Clinic
***Grand Rounds
R3/R4
7-7:30 Admin
7:30-12:30 Clinic
R1/R2 Off Day
PM R1/R2
1-5:30 Clinic
R3/R4 Off Day
R1,2,3,4 
1:00-5:30 Clinic
*Precepting
R1,2,3,4 
1:00-5:30 Clinic
*Precepting
R1,2,3,4 
1:00-5:30 Clinic
R3/R4 
1-5:30 Clinic
R1/R2 Off Day

*Last 6 month of residency, residents alternate student precepting
**2nd Wednesday AM of every month, residents alternate (teams of 2) in contact lens clinic
***Optional attendance of TOSU Ophthalmology Grand Rounds the first Thursday of every month

PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:

  • omplete clinic duties including patient care, documentation and co-management with other medical disciplines in a timely and professional manner.
  • Attend and document all assigned scholarly and didactic activities.
  • Complete case report, literature review or research project to the level of quality required by a peer reviewed journal
  • Achieve satisfactory or higher ratings on all resident evaluations provided by the affiliate institution.
  • Complete all assigned evaluations of the program and faculty.

PERIOD:

The program is a one year residency, which begins July 1 and ends June 30 (dates may vary slightly to comply with pay periods).

STIPEND:

The salary of an Optometry Resident is established by the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office. Optometry residents currently receive approximately $32,547 annually.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Residents are eligible for health and life insurance. Residents will accrue 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave per each biweekly pay period.

POSITIONS: Three

RESIDENCY SITE COORDINATOR INFORMATION:

Rebecca Diller, O.D., FAAO
VAMC (112E)
4100 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45428
e-mail: Rebecca.diller@va.gov
web: http://www.dayton.va.gov/
937-268-6511 x 1580
937-267-5377 (fax)

Residency Programs in Contact Lens

Residency Description

The Ohio State University Havener Eye Institute

MISSION:

The combined Contact Lens & Ocular Disease Residency at The Ohio State University Havener Eye Institute is designed to attract qualified candidates and provide an extensive clinical experience in specialty contact lens fitting and ocular disease management. Residents who complete the program will be prepared to become a leader in the optometric profession and deliver high level care to a challenging patient population.

GOALS:

  • Improve the resident’s skills in management of complex contact lens fitting
  • Provide extensive and varied clinical experience to improve the residents ability to diagnose and manage ocular disease
  • To enhance the residents ability to function with other healthcare providers in a multidisciplinary setting

CURRICULUM:

  • 1300 patient care experiences
    • Emphasis on challenging contact lens fits including:
      • Specialty soft lenses
      • RGP spherical and astigmatic lenses
      • Aphakic contact lens fittings
      • Keratoconic RGP, Piggyback, and scleral
      • Post corneal surgery
      • Scleral fittings for ocular surface disease management
  • Rotate through sub-specialty clinics 2 – 3 half days per week, depending on weekly schedule
    • Neuro-ophthalmology
    • Retina
    • Glaucoma
    • Anterior Segment
  • Attend monthly Anterior Segment department meetings
  • Attend weekly OSU Havener Eye Institute Grand Rounds
  • Present at OSU Havener Eye Institute Subspecialty Grand Rounds once for duration of residency
  • Attend annual Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI) Cornea and Contact Lens Resident Symposium held in August
  • Create a case report poster to present at EastWest Eye Conference
  • Present a case report at the Ohio State University Resident Scholarship Day

PERIOD:

The duration of the program is 12 months. The resident begins July 1st and finishes June 30th. The Ohio State University observes ten national holidays, and the resident is permitted to have one week of vacation and one week of sick leave during the program. Additional leave may be requested and may be granted by the Residency Program Director in consultation with the Department Chair. Any additional leave would require the resident to extend their time in the program beyond 12 months at no additional compensation. The resident is also granted professional leave to attend one professional meeting during the program.

STIPEND:

Salary is currently set at $32,000.00, plus benefits

POSITIONS: One

SPECIAL APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Inquiries (for this program only) should be directed to Dr. Chantelle Mundy, Program Supervisor. The program participates in OR Match. When application materials are on file with the program supervisor, the applicant will be contacted regarding an interview. Residents are selected by a faculty committee based on credentials presented and a personal interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying disabilities. Residents must be graduates of a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE and have successfully completed the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO). Accepted Candidates must obtain an Ohio Optometry license to treat patients in the clinical setting.

 

RESIDENCY SITE COORDINATOR INFORMATION:

Chantelle L. Mundy, OD
Clinical Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University Havener Eye Institute
915 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43209
614-293-8116
614-293-3555 (fax)
email: chantelle.mundyod@osumc.edu

Residency Programs in Pediatric Optometry

Residency Description

CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

This residency program is intended for the optometrist interested in developing their skills in the diagnosis and management of children’s eye and vision related disorders. Housed within the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology, this hospital based program offers the opportunity for the practitioner to establish the necessary skills to become an effective member of a comprehensive pediatric eye care team.

MISSION STATEMENT:

The residency program in optometry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has the intended mission of training individuals to augment their clinical competence and knowledge base in the area of pediatric eye care. We seek to build upon the resident’s existing skill set and knowledge base in pediatric eye care through an interdisciplinary/hospital-based approach to patient care which includes exposure to clinical research and optometric education.

CURRICULUM:

The resident will be afforded the opportunity to strengthen their skill set and knowledge base in the following areas of training:

  • The diagnosis and management of refractive disorders in toddlers and young children.
  • The non-surgical treatment and management of patients with strabismus and/or motility disorders.
  • The diagnosis and management of amblyopia.
  • The diagnosis and management of non-penetrating eye injury.
  • The evaluation and treatment of ocular manifestations for patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
  • The fitting of specialty contact lenses for pediatric patients.
  • The prescription of low vision devices for school-aged children with visual impairment.
  • Ophthalmic knowledge base pertaining to pediatric eye conditions through self-study.
  • Scholarly activity through scientific presentation/publication and lecturing opportunities.
  • Communication skills with families, peers, referring doctors and other subspecialists within the hospital and medical community.

Vision therapy training is not a formal part of the curriculum.
Surgical observation is not a formal part of the curriculum.

PERIOD:

The duration of the program is 12 months. The resident is assigned 40 hours per week with no on-call duties. Cincinnati Children’s observes nine national holidays, and the resident is permitted to have four weeks of personal/vacation leave and is entitled to sick leave during the program.

APPLICATION MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES:

  • Complete Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online application and send to ORMatch
  • Send curriculum vitae, official optometry transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement (not to exceed one page) directly to the program coordinator either by mail or e-mail (include 5-digit applicant Code Number on documents whenever possible).
  • Program Application Deadline: February 12: After this date, applicants will no longer be able to submit an application to the program through ORMatch. To send an application after this date, send application and all required material directly to the program coordinator.
  • Potential candidates with be called for interviews no later than March 1st.

SELECTION/ADMISSION CRITERIA:

After all application materials are collected and reviewed, only selected candidates will be interviewed, and a Rank Order List will be submitted to Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch). See http://www.natmatch.com/ormatch/ for further details.

To be considered for this residency position the candidate must be in good academic standing and have attained (or obtain by program start) a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:

The resident will receive a certificate certifying completion of the program at the end of the residency. Successful program completion requirements are as follows:

  • Complete all clinic duties including patient care and electronic medical record documentation
  • Complete and document all scholarly and didactic activities
  • Complete all faculty and program evaluations.
  • Complete all reports, literature reviews and/or research projects to the satisfaction of the teaching faculty
  • Achieve satisfactory or higher on all resident Core Competency and Resident evaluations

STIPEND/BENEFITS:

Base salary: $16,848. Total compensation: $22,876 including health insurance, malpractice insurance, 4 weeks’ vacation, and a $1,000 reimbursable educational stipend.

POSITIONS: One

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Daniele P. Saltarelli, OD, FAAO
Residency Coordinator 
Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology
Abrahamson Pediatric Eye Institute 
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 
3333 Burnet Avenue 
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039 
513-636-9862
daniele.saltarelli@cchmc.org
www.cincinnatichildrens.org