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The mission of the residency is to prepare optometrists to provide full-scope primary pediatric, vision therapy, and vision rehabilitation optometric care by providing post-graduate clinical experience beyond that provided in the Doctor of Optometry program, in a setting that promotes excellence in patient care, education and research.
A. All applicants must complete the SCO application. All applicants must complete the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch), and provide all required supporting documentation by the deadline of January 30 to be considered for an SCO program.
B. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.
C. Applicant will furnish a transcript to ORMatch from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.
D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for state licensure. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain the appropriate state license.
E. A personal interview will be required.
F. The College affirms that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at or affiliated with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin.
A. The resident is defined as an employee of Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas and the residency stipend is paid by Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas. No tuition or fees are applicable.
B. The resident should apply for optometric license in Texas prior to the beginning of the residency.
C. Professional liability protection for residents for professional activity performed at Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas. and Neuro-Developmental Sensory Enhancement Center is provided by Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas.
D. Residents will be required to present credentials according to the Southern College of Optometry policy for credentialing of residents.
E. Resident privileges will be determined by Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas.
A. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level that is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor, Director of Residency Programs, and the SCO and Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas. Normal clinic hours are M-Thurs 8:30-6:30, Fri: 8:30-5, and Saturday: 8:30-2. The resident is expected to be present in the clinic during all scheduled working hours, except when attending or delivering lectures or doing research. The resident will be given one day off during the week for research and professional development. The resident will occasionally be required to be on call.
B. The resident is required to keep a record of patient contacts. The Supervisor of the Residency Program and the Director of Residency Programs will review the resident’s activity periodically.
C. The resident is required to write a publication quality paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case.
D. The resident will be required to deliver an oral presentation at the annual Resident Weekend, held on the campus at SCO.
E. The resident is expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governingNeuro-Vision Associates of North Texas and Southern College of Optometry Residency Programs.
F. The resident is required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.
G. Upon successful completion of the Residency Program, the Residency Supervisor and the Director of Residency Programs will recommend the granting of certification to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
H. Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas or those set forth by Southern College of Optometry, or for any action which jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.
A resident rotating through a hospital based (or similar) residency program must adhere to all facility policies and procedures, including but not limited to, receiving all required immunizations or showing appropriate medical documentation that he/she is in full medical compliance with required immunizations. In addition, if a resident cannot receive a flu or similar immunization due to potential allergic reaction, medical documentation must be made available to the Program Supervisor prior to the program's start date. A resident should receive the required immunizations provided by the facility when appropriate. Otherwise, any costs incurred will be the resident's responsibility. Any grievances should be submitted in writing to SCO's Director for Residency Programs utilizing the procedures found in the Residency Handbook.