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 [email protected].

Contact Information:

Residency Program Supervisor

Amanda Umlandt OD

Virginia Eyecare Clinic

1193 Plaza Drive

Grundy, VA 24614

TEL: 276-935-4558

EMAIL: [email protected]

Academic Affiliation

Shital Mani, O.D.

Director of Residency Programs

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

8360 Old York Road

Elkins park, PA 19027

215-276-6193

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

$40,000 (one position available annually)

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.

Residents from a qualified and diverse pool will be selected in a fair and impartial manner. Residents who complete the program are expected to attain advanced clinical competencies in a variety of aspects of optometric care including contact lens, low vision, pediatrics and binocular vision, and treatment and management of ocular disease.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1:  To seek and maintain accreditation from ACOE and AOA.

  • Objective 1: VECC will maintain an educational affiliation with PCOSU for the residency program and its accreditation.
  • Objective 2: VECC will seek and maintain ACOE accreditation.
  • Outcome Measures 1-2: VECC has an active affiliation with PCOSU and conducted an initial ACOE accreditation site visit on March 21, 2019

Goal 2:  The program will recruit qualified candidates to fill the residency position.

  • Objective 1: The sponsor and affiliate will advertise the residency program via student related forums/magazines as well as developing and updating the program listing on PCOSU and ASCO websites.
  • Objective 2: The sponsor and affiliate will utilize word of mouth referrals through student externships and take advantage of professional networking opportunities at continuing education meetings (ie AOA, AAO, VOA) to advertise the program.
  • Objective 3: The sponsor will encourage an onsite interview for qualified and interested candidates; however in circumstances where travel is not possible a phone or video conference interview will suffice.
  • Outcome Measure 1: The program will have representation at all annual AOA, AAO and VOA meetings.
  • Outcome Measure 2: The directors of on and off campus residency programs at PCOSU will send email correspondence to all residency programs nationally with information on all available residency programs; all affiliated residency programs are advertised in the Fall issue of AOSA Foresight.
  • Outcome Measure 3: Prospective residents must apply through the Optometric Residency Matching Service (ORMS).  Required application documents include the ORMS application form, curriculum vitae/resume, National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) transcript, optometry school transcripts, three letters of recommendation and a statement of interest.  The completed applications will be reviewed by the residency supervisor. Candidates will be offered an on-site interview (preferred) or a remote teleconference interview if travel is a challenge for the candidate. Qualified candidates will be ranked according to merit and preference as determined by the residency supervisor, considering factors such as clinical and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations and interpersonal skills. Residents from a qualified and diverse pool will be selected in a fair and impartial manner. All applicants will be evaluated without regard to age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or physical or mental disabilities. There is currently one position available each year. Eligibility criteria include the following: The applicant must have earned an O.D. degree from an accredited school or college of optometry prior to the start date of the program; the applicant must have taken and passed parts I, II, and III of the NBEO exams; the applicant must be a citizen of the United States

 Goal 3:  Provide appropriately supervised clinical education experiences with emphasis in family care/ocular disease and rural health care.

  • Objective 1: Provide the resident at least 1000 patient encounters
  • Objective 2: Provide the resident exposure to diverse clinical conditions within family care/ocular disease and rural health care with emphasis on primary care, diagnosis and treatment of the patient including consultation with other primary health care providers, and referral to outside specialists as needed.
  • Objective 3: Provide the resident an increasing responsibility to evaluate, educate, treat and develop care plans for patients beyond that of an entry level practitioner. The resident will have access to ancillary testing including, but not limited to: OCT, automated visual field, fundus photography, anterior segment photo, topography, pachymetry, gonioscopy.
  • Objective 4: Encourage appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers for systemic disease evaluation and treatment.
  • Objective 5: Provide opportunities for external specialty observations.
  • Outcome Measures 1-3: Track via Meditrek patient log
  • Outcome Measure 4: Resident referrals and outcomes will be tracked through an external excel spreadsheet log. The resident will keep the log updated.
  • Outcome Measure 5: Track via Meditrek activity log.

Goal 4:  Stimulate scholarly development in the resident.

  • Objective 1: Resident must participate in monthly grand rounds presentations at VECC; at least two of these grand rounds will involve interdisciplinary residents, students and professionals.
  • Objective 2: Resident must participate in monthly journal club/literature review.
  • Objective 3: Resident must participate in PCOSU’s Residents Day Grand Rounds presentations.
  • Objective 4: Require completion of a research paper, literature review, or case report of publishable quality by the end of the residency program.
  • Objective 5: Allow and encourage the resident to attend continuing education courses and meetings.
  • Outcome Measures 1-2:  Review of Academic Logs via Meditrek.
  • Outcome Measure 3: Resident will travel on site to present grand rounds case to resident peers and PCOSU faculty.
  • Outcome Measure 4: Submission will be reviewed, documented and recorded in program archives.
  • Outcome Measure 5: Review of Academic Logs via Meditrek

Goal 5:  Stimulate a commitment to service to community and the profession of optometry; develop effective leadership and role model skills

  • Objective 1: Resident may participate in and gain membership in optometric organizations.
  • Objective 2: Resident may be provided opportunities to interact with local politicians.
  • Objective 3: Resident may participate in local and statewide outreach programs and optometric mission trips as opportunities arise.
  • Objective 4: 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.
  • Objective 5: Allow the resident to participate in and facilitate the development of optometric and ophthalmic community outreach programs including school and community vision and health screenings and established volunteer clinics.
  • Outcome Measure 1: Resident will provide certificates of membership in active optometric organizations
  • Outcome Measures 2-3: Resident will track activities through community outreach log (external excel spreadsheet log).
  • Outcome Measure 4: Resident will track supervisory experiences via Meditrek 
  • Outcome Measure 5: Resident will track activities through community outreach log via external log.

Curriculum

Overview

The educational objectives, learning activities, and expected outcomes of the Residency in Family Practice Optometry and Ocular Disease, with an emphasis on Rural Health Care include:

  • Provision of optometric care to a large number and diversity of patients at Virginia Eye Care Clinic.
  • Appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers. External rotations may be arranged if likely to enhance expertise in ocular disease.
  • Clinical supervision and education of optometry students and optometry externs during fourth quarter of residency.
  • Lecture and workshop presentations in the form of continuing education, grand rounds, optometry classroom, etc.
  • Participation in scholarly residency activities including literature review, journal club, and local case presentations.
  • Attendance of continuing education courses with encouragement to fulfill opportunities to lecture for Resident Rapid Fire Presentations and submit paper/poster abstracts.
  • Completion of a research paper, literature review, or case report of publishable quality.
  • Active involvement in the optometric community through membership and participation in optometric organizations as well as political involvement and interactions with local politicians.

Patient Care

  • The resident will see patients in clinic four days weekly with one day provided as administrative time. Time expected in office is 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
  • The resident will be provided the opportunity to participate in sub-specialty external rotations, including, but not limited to, retina, glaucoma, and cornea/anterior segment/refractive surgery, pediatrics, oculoplastics, ocularist clinics and observations of home visits with the Virginia Department of the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Clinical patient care should follow the AOA Clinical Practice Guidelines which are available on AOA.org. The resident will be shown where to find these practice guidelines during orientation should any question arise regarding patient care throughout the residency.

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.

Scholarly Learning

  • 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

Community Involvement

  • 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.

Supervisory experiences

  • 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.

Core Competencies Goals

  • The resident will be able to display sound clinical judgment in patient care
  • The resident will be able to provide quality patient care in a time efficient manner
  • The resident will be able to provide compassionate, empathetic health care
  • The resident will participate as an active team member in the professional environment of the clinic and facility
  • The resident will display interest in self-motivated independent study to further knowledge
  • The resident will demonstrate communication skills with patients and clinical colleagues at a level commensurate with the professional situation

Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Patient Care:

  • The Resident will see patients in clinic four days weekly with one day provided as administrative time. Time expected in office is Monday-Friday on a weekly basis.
  • The Resident will accrue a minimum of 1,000 patient encounters.
  • The Resident will have potential to work up to seeing a full case load of 20+ patients per day.
  • The Resident will rotate on call duties after hours with the Residency Supervisor as dependent on satisfactorily achieving advanced levels according to the supervision policy.

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.