Medvamc Research Paper

Mission Statement:

The primary mission of the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center Primary Eye Care Residency Program is to train optometrists in the diagnosis and management of patients with ocular pathology and the ocular sequelae encountered from various systemic conditions typically encountered in the veteran population. Residents will provide an advanced level of clinical care to the MEDVAMC veteran population. The program will also provide the resident with advanced clinical knowledge of ocular pathology and systemic disease with ocular manifestations and promote evidence-based decision making through didactic and scholarly activities. The residency will also emphasize co-management with other health care professionals as a part of the clinical learning.

Description of Program:

A hospital based program emphasizing primary health care including ocular therapeutics and brain-injury vision rehabilitation. Extensive experience is available in the management of patients with ocular and systemic disease.

Accreditation Status

Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100

Length of Program: 1 year
Starting date of program: July 1
Salary/Stipend: $36,039
Curriculum requirements in hours: 42 hours/week
Date Program Established: 2014
Benefits (if applicable):
  1. Sick leave and vacation
  2. Travel stipend
  3. Medical and Life insurance available

Educational Opportunities:

Case review, direct patient care, lecture on journal articles and clinical care, UHCO Clinical Rounds, and research activities. Instructional and clinical work focused on advanced clinical skills in multiple areas of optometric care.

Scholarship Requirements:

Lectures to students, other residents and MEDVAMC optometrists and a paper (library or original research) of publishable quality.

Program Completion Requirements

  1. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which demonstrates they have attained the core competencies of the program. This attainment will be determined through formal evaluations of the resident's patient care.
  2. The resident is required to keep a log of patient names and associated information.
  3. The resident must complete the scholarly project requirements including a paper of publishable quality, three presentations in Clinical Rounds course, and seminar presentations at MEDVAMC.
  4. The resident must attend required seminars.
  5. The resident must complete all required evaluations of clinical attendings, the program and the Program Coordinator.
  6. The Director of Residency Programs in conjunction with the Residency Program Coordinator will recommend the granting and certification to the Dean. Upon completing the requirements of the program to the satisfaction of the Program Coordinator and Director of Residency Programs, a certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident.
  1. O.D. degree from an A.C.O.E. accredited school or college of optometry
  2. Two letters of reference from clinical optometry faculty members
  3. Copy of all optometry transcripts
  4. Curriculum Vita and letter of intent
  5. Must pass all parts of the NBEO and successfully complete state licensing examination prior to the beginning of the program
  6. U. S. Citizen

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