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Residency in Vision Therapy & Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation
Supervisor: S. Moshe Roth, OD, FCOVD

Family Eye Care

affiliated with
SOUTHERN COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY
Memphis, TN

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The goal of the residency is to prepare optometrists to provide full-scope optometric care with a strong emphasis in pediatric eyecare, pediatric and adult vision therapy and neuro-optometric rehabilitation.  It provides post-graduate clinical experience in a private practice setting that promotes excellence in patient care, patient education and practice management skills.

Vision Therapy includes developmental vision, binocular vision, strabismus, amblyopia, special populations, and more. The graduate optometrist will learn how to build and manage a successful private practice.

 

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s clinical skills in optometric primary care with an emphasis in developmental and functional vision disorders

Objective: The resident will develop proficiency and efficiency providing primary eye and vision care services, principally in pediatric optometry, vision development, child and adult vision therapy and neuro-optometric rehabilitation, for head trauma and stroke.

Outcome: The resident will provide primary eye and vision care services involving a minimum of 1000 patient encounters, demonstrating proficiency in obtaining a case history, reviewing intake information, performing a full functional/behavioral evaluation in addition to the routine optometric examination. These encounters will include but not be limited to: visual efficiency, visual processing, strabismus, amblyopia, binocular dysfunctions, accommodative dysfunctions, visual motor dysfunctions, visual perceptual dysfunctions, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum, and acquired brain injury, from stroke or from head trauma.

Measure: The resident will report the number of patient encounters of this type using the patient encounter logs.

 

Goal 2: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of refractive, physiological and pathological conditions of the eye, the adnexa, visual pathways and the central nervous system.

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 appropriate 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 based on the diagnoses.

Outcome: The resident will consistently devise an appropriate management plan for each patient in order to best address the patient’s needs.

Measure: The resident will be evaluated quarterly by the supervisor to assess the resident’s management skills.

 

Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge of specialized diagnostic instrumentation.

Objective 1: The resident will develop expertise in interpreting ophthalmic visual fields, particularly as related to stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Outcome: The resident will perform and interpret the results of ophthalmic fields on at least 30 patients who have experienced stroke or traumatic brain injury.

Measure: The resident will report on the number of patient encounters of this type using the patient encounter logs.

 

Objective 2: The resident will develop expertise in the utilization of advanced ophthalmic diagnostic instrumentation to determine the presence or absence of pathology and to demonstrate the functional nature of strabismus and amblyopia.

Outcome: The resident will perform and/or interpret tests with advanced ophthalmic diagnostic instruments (such as the Optovue OCT, Matrix Visual Fields instrument, Optos diagnostic imaging system, Visually Evoked Potential, Readalyzer, etc.) on at least 50 patients.

Measure: The resident will report on the number of patient encounters of this type using the patient encounter logs.

 


Objective 3: The resident will engage in corneal reshaping therapy for myopia reduction guided by corneal topography and diagnostic lenses.

Outcome: The resident will participate in at least 10 corneal reshaping patient encounters.

Measure: The resident will report on the number of patient encounters of this type using an activity log.


Goal 4: Increase the resident’s knowledge of the diagnosis, management, and treatment of systemic and ocular disease.

Objective 1: The resident will acquire additional knowledge in the diagnosis, management, and co-management of systemic disease with particular emphasis on those with significant ocular manifestations such as trauma, stroke, hypertension and diabetes.  The resident will also acquire additional knowledge in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal disease, and other primary eye care disease states.

Outcome: The resident will evaluate at least 50 patients with systemic disease with significant ocular manifestations under the supervision of the residency supervisor. 

Measure: The resident will report on the number of patient encounters and participation in consults of this type using the patient encounter logs.

 

Objective 2: The resident will also acquire additional knowledge in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, dry eye, retinal disease, and other primary eye care disease.

Outcome: The resident will evaluate at least 50 patients with ocular disease.

Measure: The resident will report on the number of patient encounters and participation in consults of this type using the patient encounter logs.

 

Goal 5: Expand the resident’s skills in vision therapy procedures.

Objective 1: The resident will develop proficiency in administering vision therapy procedures according to textbook guidelines, as well as adapt, customize and innovate as required for optimal patient care. 

Outcome: The resident will administer at least three procedures on each vision therapy patient encounter, for a minimum of 100 patient encounters, reflecting a balance between computerized and non-computerized procedures.

Measure: The resident will report on the number of patient encounters of this type using an activity log.
 

 

Goal 6: Develop the resident’s skills in presenting topics to fellow 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 lectures during meetings of the clinic or other health care providers. The resident will, when possible, also present posters or lectures in other settings such as the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the American Academy of Optometry, AOA or other such meetings.

Measure: The resident will report monthly on these types of activities using the activity summary.

  

CURRICULUM

The educational objectives of the curriculum are intended to ensure attainment of the mission, goals, and objectives of the program. Consequently, each educational objective reflects a specific program goal. Specifically:

 

Program Goal 1

Objective: The resident will develop proficiency and efficiency in delivering primary eye and vision care services, particularly in the area of pediatrics, vision development, child and adult vision therapy, and vision rehabilitation, for head trauma and stroke.

Learning Activity: The resident will provide primary eye and vision care services involving a minimum of 1000 patient encounters, include obtaining a case history, reviewing intake information, performing a full functional/behavioral evaluation in addition to the routine optometric examination.

Outcome: The resident will develop enhanced skills in the management of primary eye and vision care patients as mentioned above.

 

Program Goal 2

Objective: The resident will develop expertise in the diagnosis and management of refractive, physiologic and pathologic conditions of the eye, the adnexa, visual pathways and central nervous system.

Learning Activity: The resident will provide services to a significant number of patients with refractive, physiologic and pathologic conditions of the eye and vision, particularly in areas of a functional/behavioral evaluation in addition to the routine optometric examination. The resident will formulate a diagnosis based on the results of the procedures performed. The encounters will include strabismus, amblyopia, binocular dysfunctions, accommodative dysfunctions, visual motor dysfunctions, visual perceptual dysfunctions, visual information processing problems, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum, acquired brain injury from stroke or from head trauma.

Outcome: The resident will become highly proficient in performing and interpreting basic and advanced ocular examination techniques on patients with complex ocular and vision anomalies and will attain advanced skills in the management of these patients.

 

Program Goal 3

Objective: The resident will utilize a wide variety of diagnostic procedures and instrumentation while caring for patients.

Learning Activity: The resident will perform and/or interpret ophthalmic diagnostic tests that will include electrodiagnostic testing, ocular photography and videography, Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy (OCT), and relevant laboratory and radiological procedures.

Outcome: The resident will develop advanced knowledge of specialized diagnostic procedures and instrumentation.

 

Program Goal 4

Objective 1: The resident will acquire additional knowledge in the diagnosis, management, and co-management of systemic disease with particular emphasis on those with significant ocular manifestations such as trauma, stroke, hypertension and diabetes.

Learning Activity: The resident will provide eye and vision care to patients with systemic disease and will consult with non-optometric providers in the total care of these patients.

Outcome: The resident will be able to communicate effectively with physicians in the co-management of patients who have systemic disease that impacts their ocular and visual health and that can have a direct impact on the patient’s quality of life. 

 

Objective 2: The resident will acquire additional knowledge in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macula degeneration, retinal disease, and other primary eye care disease states.

Learning Activity: The resident will provide primary eye and vision care to patients with eye disease, and co-manage with the appropriate specialists for those patients who have eye disease beyond the scope of primary eye care providers.

Outcome: The resident will be able to diagnosis, treat and co-manage patients will various ocular disease states

 

Program Goal 5

Objective: Expanding the resident’s skills in vision therapy procedures.

Learning Activity: The resident will develop proficiency in administering vision therapy procedures according to textbook guidelines, as well as adapt, customize and innovate as required for optimal patient care. 

Outcome: The resident will administer at least three procedures on each vision therapy patient encounter, for a minimum of 100 patient encounters, reflecting a balance between computerized and non-computerized procedures.
 

 

Program Goal 6

Objective: The resident will develop and present original presentations to other health care professionals.

Learning Activity: The resident will present at least one lecture per quarter to the clinic or another staff/group, and when possible will present posters or lectures to local optometry societies, at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the American Academy of Optometry, AOA or other such meetings.

Outcome: The resident will develop skills in providing effective presentations to health care professionals.

 

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

A. All applicants must complete the SCO application and return by January 30. Supporting documents should be submitted to the Director of Residency Programs of Southern College of Optometry no later than January 30. This program uses Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch). Applicants must complete the ORMatch application by the SCO deadline of January 30, to be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documentation is submitted to each entity involved, e.g., the College, ORMatch, and the residency site supervisor. 

  1. You must have passed NBEO Part I, II and TMOD in order to apply to one of our programs through ORMatch.
  2. You must have passed NBEO Part III and ISE (if applicable) in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency program. 

  3. Those applying to a VA hospital or a state that does not require TMOD to obtain licensure are an exception if TMOD is not passed on first attempt.

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 an official transcript from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average greater than 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 and furnish official transcripts when available. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain a state optometry license.

E. Three letters of recommendation are required.

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. 

 

LETTER OF INTENT

All applicants selected for admission must sign a standard letter of intent.

 

LENGTH OF RESIDENCY

The residency program is 54 weeks in length. It will run July 1 – July 15 of the next year, starting 2018.

 

LEAVE POLICY

The resident is eligible for 13 days annual leave. The resident is also eligible for 5 educational leave days to attend approved professional meetings. Annual and educational leave is granted with prior approval of the Supervisor in conjunction with the SCO Director of Residency Programs.

 

STATUS OF THE RESIDENT

A. The resident is defined as an employee of Family Eye Care, and the residency stipend is paid by Family Eye Care. No tuition or fees are applicable.

B. The resident should apply for optometric license in New Jersey prior to the beginning of the residency, and obtain licensure in NJ.

C. Professional liability protection for residents for professional activity performed at Family Eye Care, is provided by Family Eye Care.

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 Family Eye Care.

 

CRITERIA FOR COMPLETION OF RESIDENCY

A. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor, SCO Director of Residency Programs, and Dr. S. Moshe Roth of Family Eye Care.  Normal clinic hours are from 9:00 A.M. until patient care is completed, Monday through Friday, with the resident working a five-day week. The resident is expected to be present in the clinic during all scheduled working hours, except when attending or delivering lectures or doing study or research. 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 governing Family Eye Care 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 Family Eye Care or those set forth by Southern College of Optometry, or for any action which jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.

 

STIPEND

A residency stipend will be provided for the year of training paid by the clinic. The stipend is currently $40,000.  Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident. Additional benefits such as FICA and professional liability insurance are also funded by the clinic.

 

HEALTH INSURANCE

The resident will have the opportunity to purchase health insurance through Family Eye Care \

 

MOONLIGHTING POLICY

Moonlighting is defined as employment outside of the residency during the term of the residency. Moonlighting is permitted while enrolled as a resident in this program ONLY with prior approval of the program supervisor.  Moonlighting is not permitted to interfere with or be substituted for any assigned residency activity.

 

ACCREDITATION

The residency program at Family Eye Care is fully accredited by the ACOE, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100.

 

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Upon satisfying all the requirements for completion of the program as determined by the Supervisor of the Residency Program and the Director of the Residency Programs, a Certificate of Completion will be awarded to the resident by Southern College of Optometry.

 

REPORTING STATUS

The resident reports to the Supervisor of the residency program. The Supervisor reports directly to the SCO Director of Residency Programs who in turn reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern College of Optometry.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Cheryl Ervin, O.D.
Director, Residency Programs
Southern College of Optometry
1245 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 722-3372
Email: [email protected]