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Residency in Pediatric Optometry, with Emphasis in Ocular Disease
AT DUKE UNIVERSITY
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
SOUTHERN COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY
The pediatric optometry residency at the Duke University Eye Center offers a multi-specialty, high volume, progressive learning environment involving pediatric care. Residents will become proficient in all aspects of pediatric optometry including primary care, contact lens, binocular vision and diagnosis and medical treatment of ocular pathology. Due to the nature of the setting of this residency, training includes working with pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric retina specialists, and pediatric neuro-ophthalmologists.
Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s skills in the provision of pediatric optometric eye and vision care.
Objective 1: The resident will develop a high degree of competency in the provision of pediatric optometric services.
Outcome: The resident will provide optometric service involving a minimum of 1500 direct patient encounters on patients’ ages 19 years and younger.
Measure: The resident will report the number of patient encounters of this type using the activity log.
Objective 2: The resident will develop advanced competency in providing visual care to a diverse patient population.
Outcome: The resident will perform a minimum of 800 refractive evaluations on patients’ ages 19 years and younger.
Measure: The resident will report the number and age of patient encounters using the activity log.
Objective 3: The resident will gain experience in the treatment of ocular disease in pediatric patients.
Outcome: The resident will experience a minimum of 100 ocular disease-related patient encounters involving patients age 19 years and younger.
Goal 2: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of vision problems in pediatric patients.
Objective 1: The resident will perform the appropriate diagnostic procedures.
Outcome: The resident will consistently select and successfully perform the proper diagnostic procedures for each patient.
Measure: The resident will be evaluated quarterly by the supervisor to determine if the desired level of technical and cognitive ability is being exhibited.
Objective 2: The resident will determine the correct diagnoses for each patient.
Outcome: The resident will consistently select the correct diagnosis for each patient with increasing independence as the residency program progresses.
Measure: The resident will be evaluated quarterly by the supervisor to assess the appropriateness of the resident’s diagnostic ability.
Objective 3: The resident will determine the best management for each patient.
Outcome: The resident will consistently devise an appropriate management plan for each patient in order to best address the patient’s needs.
Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge of binocular, developmental vision problems and contact lens.
Objective 1: The resident will gain experience in managing patients with strabismus, accommodative, vergence and motility disorders.
Outcome: The resident will evaluate and manage a minimum of 300 patients with strabismus, accommodative, vergence and motility disorders.
Measures: The resident will report the number of patient encounters of this type using the activity log.
Objective 2: The resident will gain experience in managing patients with amblyopia.
Outcome: The resident will evaluate and manage a minimum of 150 patients with amblyopia.
Objective 3: The resident will gain experience in managing pediatric patients in contact lenses.
Outcome: The resident will evaluate and manage a minimum of 150 patients with contact lenses.
Goal 4: Develop advanced competencies in eye care
Objective 1: The resident will gain experience in specialty contact lens fittings
Outcome: The resident will evaluate and manage a minimum of 20 patients with specialty contact lenses.
Objective 2: The resident will gain experience in evaluating special needs/non-verbal patients.
Outcome: The resident will evaluate and manage a minimum of 20 patients.
Goal 5: Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to resident professionals.
Objective: The resident will acquire and practice skills needed to effectively present information to other professionals in group settings.
Outcome: The resident will present one lecture during the annual residency conference and one lecture at a Community Education CE dinner. When possible, the resident will present posters or lectures in other settings such as the American Academy of Optometry.
Measure: The resident will report these types of activities using the activity summary.
Goal 6: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of education.
Objective: The resident will attempt to attend all pediatric lectures, grand rounds and symposiums hosted by the Duke Eye Center. Additionally, the resident will meet once a week with each pediatric optometry attending to cover a different didactic topic in the residency curriculum. Pediatric optometry journal clubs will be hosted once a month.
Outcome: The resident will attend all pediatric lectures, grand rounds and symposiums hosted by the Duke Eye Center when possible. The resident will attend each didactic session with an attending and monthly optometry journal clubs.
All Applicants must complete and return application forms by January 31st each year.
This program uses the Optometry Residency Match. Applicants must complete the ORMatch application at https://natmatch.com/ormatch.
The Supporting Documents include:
If selected as one of the finalists, the applicant will be invited for a personal interview by the residency selection committee.
Requirements to be considered include:
Once the resident is licensed in the state of North Carolina, completes his/her onboarding process with Duke and becomes fully credentialed, he/she will have one day per week or two half days per week in our comprehensive ophthalmology service to maintain and hone their primary care optometry skills.
Additional employment (moonlighting) during the tenure of this residency is not permitted without prior consent of the Duke University optometry residency director.
The residency program is one calendar year in length from August 1st to July 31st. The stipend is $40,000 and will be paid out on a monthly basis. Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident. Benefits associated with this appointment are defined in the policies of Duke University. The resident will be given the opportunity to purchase health insurance through the Payroll and Benefits Service Center. If the resident should choose to decline, proof of health insurance coverage must be provided.
Fourteen days of vacation and ten sick days are provided to the resident. These vacation days include those on which the involved clinics are normally closed: New Year’s Holiday, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If the clinic is closed, provision of these vacations days is automatic and does not require approval or submission of a leave request form. The additional 5 vacation days can be used at the resident’s discretion, but they must be requested sixty (60) days in advance so that scheduling changes can be accommodated. In addition to the aforementioned vacation days, the resident will be expected to see patients if/when the residency director is not in clinic.
Six days of educational leave are provided. These days are intended to allow the resident to attend meetings pertaining to his/her residency training. The resident must submit a request in advance to attend educational/professional meetings. The director will then approve or disapprove the request. If the director approves the request, the leave request is then forwarded to the Director of Residency Programs (DRP), who is responsible for tracking the resident’s leave balance. If the resident has a leave balance sufficient to cover the request, the DRP will approve the request and forward the appropriate copies of the form to the resident and director. The resident and director are responsible for notifying the Director of clinical operations of the days that the resident will not be available to provide clinical services.
Duke University provides a small stipend of $1000 for meeting registration, housing or transportation costs for the resident. Additionally, it is encouraged that travel grants/scholarships provided by the specific meetings (AOA, AAO, etc) be applied for in advance.
There are no on-call duties for this resident.
The resident will be encouraged to assist or to participate in any on-going laboratory and/or clinical investigation(s) initiated by Duke University faculty members. The resident will also be encouraged to generate their own studies/seminal work, but it will not be required for successful completion of their residency program.
The Duke University Pediatric Optometry Residency Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100.
Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Southern College of Optometry and Duke University.
The resident reports to the Director of the pediatric residency program at Duke University. The Director at Duke reports directly to the SCO Director of Residency Programs who in turn reports directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southern College of Optometry.
For further information, please Contact:
Nathan L. Cheung, OD, FAAO
Pediatric Optometric Residency Director
2351 Erwin Road
Durham, North Carolina 27710
Email: [email protected]
Cheryl Mengelt, OD
Director, Residency Programs
Southern College of Optometry
1245 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104