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The program's mission is that the resident will experience a unique opportunity to develop proficiency in pediatric optometry, developmental vision, binocular vision, and rehabilitative vision therapy. The post graduate clincian will acquire the patient education and practice management skills needed to excel in a private practice environment.
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.
You must have passed NBEO Part III and ISE (if applicable) in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency 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 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 and furnish official transcripts when available.
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.
All applicants selected for admission must sign a standard letter of intent.
The residency program is 54 weeks in length. It will run July 1 – July 15 of the next year, starting 2016.
The resident is eligible for up to 50 annual leave days, on days designated by the Supervisor. This includes sick days, personal leave, and time for educational leave. Personal and educational leave days not designated by the Supervisor are granted only upon prior request by the Resident with approval of the Supervisor.
A. The resident is defined as an employee of Family Eyecare Associates, P.C., and the residency stipend is paid by the Family Eyecare Associates, P.C. No tuition or fees are applicable.
B. The resident should apply for optometric license in New Jersey prior to the beginning of the residency.
C. Professional liability protection for residents for professional activity performed at Family Eyecare Associates, P.C. is provided by Family Eyecare Associates, P.C.
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 Eyecare Associates, P.C.
A. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level that is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor, Director of Residency Programs, and SCO. Normal operational hours are from 10:30 A.M. until 7:30 P.M., Monday through Thursday, with the resident working a four-day week. The resident is expected to be on site during all scheduled working hours, except when attending or delivering lectures or doing approved visitations. 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 Eyecare Associates, P.C. 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 Eyecare Associates, P.C. 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.
A residency stipend will be paid by our site in the amount of $40,000 paid on a bi-monthly basis. Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident. Additional benefits such as FICA and professional liability insurance are also funded by our site.
Health insurance may be purchased by the resident through Family Eyecare Associates, P.C.
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.
The residency program at Family Eyecare Associates, P.C. is fully accredited by the ACOE, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100.
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.
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.
Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D.
Director, Residency Programs
Southern College of Optometry
1245 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
email: [email protected]