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Residency in Ocular Disease
Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates)
Affiliated with Southern College of Optometry
Memphis, Tennessee
 
Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) Program is on hiatus for the 2017-18 residency year.
 

PROGRAM MISSION

The residency program in ocular disease at Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) provides qualified optometrists with advanced clinical education in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease that will foster their development into exception clinicians offering specialized skills in the management of ocular disease.

 

PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

 

Goal 1: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease


Objective 1: The resident will develop advanced expertise in the management of patients with retinal disease, glaucoma, anterior segment disease, and neuro-ophthalmic disease.

Outcome: The resident will complete a minimum of 1,000 patient encounters with patients presenting with ocular disease

Measure: The resident will report monthly on the number and type of patient encounters using the patient encounter log and summary forms.


Objective 2: 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 3: 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. During the first quarter the resident will be closely observed by the supervisor or other attending doctor; by the second quarter the resident will be able to operate independently.

Measure: The resident will be evaluated quarterly by the supervisor to assess the appropriateness of the resident’s diagnostic ability


Objective 4: 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 in consultation with other attending doctors to assess the resident’s management skills

 

Goal 2: Expand the resident’s knowledge of specialized diagnostic procedures and instrumentation


Objective 1: The resident will develop expertise in ordering and interpreting ophthalmic ultrasonography

Outcome: The resident will order ophthalmic ultrasonography procedures to include A-scans and B-scans and interpret the results.

Measure: The resident will report monthly on the number and type of patient encounters using the patient encounter log and summary forms.


Objective 2: The resident will develop expertise in interpreting fundus photography.

Outcome: The resident will interpret fundus photography on a minimum of 50 patients.

Measure: The resident will report monthly on the number and type of patient encounters using the patient encounter log and summary forms.


Objective 3: The resident will develop expertise in ordering and interpreting relevant laboratory procedures.

Outcome: The resident will order and interpret laboratory procedures.

Measure: The resident will report monthly on the number and type of patient encounters using the patient encounter log and summary forms.


Objective 4: The resident will develop expertise in interpreting optical coherence tomography (OCT).

Outcome: The resident will interpret optical coherence tomography on a minimum of 25 patients.

Measure: The resident will report monthly on the number and type of patient encounters using the patient encounter log and summary forms.


Objective 5: The resident will develop expertise in interpreting different types of corneal topography.

Outcome: The resident will order and interpret corneal topography on a minimum of 10 patients.

Measure: The resident will report monthly on the number and type of patient encounters using the patient encounter log and summary forms.

 


 Goal 3: Increase the resident’s knowledge of systemic diseases and their treatment


Objective: The resident will acquire additional knowledge of systemic disease and treatment, particular those diseases with significant ocular manifestations.

Outcome: The resident will participate with non-optometric providers in the management of patients with systemic disease. The resident will participate in relevant presentations and conferences of this type using patient encounter logs and summary sheets.

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

 

Goal 4: Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to fellow professionals


Objective: The resident will acquire and practice skills needed to effectively present information to other professionals in a group setting.

Outcome:The resident will present at least one lecture during Southern College of Optometry Residency conference, one grand rounds presentation at Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) for the residents, one grand rounds/lecture for Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) referring doctor network, produce a poster for any major optometric meeting, and present workshops to teach student externs primary and secondary eye care procedures.

Measure: The resident will report monthly on the number and types of activities using the patient encounter log and summary forms. 

 

Goal 5: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.


Objective: Educate the resident in preparation of a professional manuscript.

Outcome: The resident will prepare a publication-quality manuscript on an approved topic.

Measure: The resident will complete the manuscript by August 31st.

 

Goal 6: The resident will acquire a practical understanding of patient coding, billing and practice management in a co-management clinical setting.


Objective: The resident will become familiar with the encounter/billing forms and clinical chart recording requirements for proper billing.

Outcome: The resident will log accurate diagnosis ICD codes, as well as appropriate office visit billing codes on the patient billing form.

Measure:  The results of regular review of the resident’s billing forms by the Supervisor or other attending doctors at Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) and by internal/external audits.

  

CURRICULUM

 

Program Goal 1


Objective: The resident will develop an advanced degree of proficiency in clinical care of patients with ocular disease.

Learning Activity: The resident will provide optometric services to a minimum of 1,000 ocular disease patients at Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates).

Outcome: The resident will develop an advance degree of proficiency because of the complexity and variety of patient encounters.

 

Program Goal 2


Objective: The resident will develop an advance degree of proficiency in the use of specialized ocular diagnostic procedures and instrumentation.

Learning Activity: The resident will utilize A-scan and B-scan ultrasonography, fundus photography, fundus fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, and corneal topography in the care of patients.

Outcome: The resident will be able to utilize advanced diagnostic procedures for maximum benefit in the care of patients with ocular disease.

 

Program Goal 3


Objective: The resident will develop an advanced knowledge in the care of patients with systemic disease, particularly those systemic diseases with ocular manifestations.

Learning Activity: The resident will provide optometric services to patients with systemic disease at Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates). The resident will consult with non-ophthalmic providers when indicated for the care of these patients.

Outcome: The resident will become comfortable communicating with non-ophthalmic providers when consulting for the care of optometric patients with systemic disease.

 

Program Goal 4


Objective: The resident will develop effective presentation skills in communicating with fellow professionals.

Learning Activity: The resident will present at least one lecture at Southern College of Optometry Residency Conference, one grand rounds at Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) for the residents, one grand rounds/lecture for the center’s referring doctor network, produce a poster for a major optometric meeting, and present workshops to teach student externs primary and secondary eye care procedures.

Outcome: The resident will become comfortable and effective at communicating scientific information to groups of health care providers.

 

Program Goal 5


Objective: The resident’s writing and research skills will be enhanced.

Learning Activity: The resident will prepare a publication quality manuscript.

Outcome: The resident will complete a publication quality manuscript prior to the end of the residency.

  

Program Goal 6


Objective: The resident will gain an understanding of practice management concepts unique to a co-management center, with an emphasis on coding and billing

Learning Activity: The resident will participate in internal and external audits.

Outcome: The resident will appropriately document and code each chart.

 

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. 

In order to take part in the Match you must have passed NBEO Part I, Part II (PAM) and TMOD. 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 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examination required for Tennessee license and furnish official transcripts when available. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain a Tennessee 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.

 

CONTRACT

All applicants selected for admission must sign a standard resident contract.

 

LENGTH OF RESIDENCY

Each residency will be 52 weeks in length, commencing on October 1st.

 

LEAVE POLICY

Two weeks paid time off for sick, vacation, and continuing education.

 

STATUS OF THE RESIDENT

A. The resident is defined as an employee of Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) and the residency stipend will be paid by Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates). No tuition or fees are applicable.

B. The resident should arrange to take the examinations required by the Tennessee optometry board for licensure prior to the residency period.

C. Residents will be provided with malpractice insurance by the professional liability insurance program of Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates). The cost of this insurance coverage will be paid by Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates).

D. Residents will be provided with medical and dental coverage as per Eye Specialty Group's (formerly Southern Eye Associates) plan. 

E. Residents will receive a Southern College of Optometry identification card that will allow them access to campus facilities.

F. Residents will be credentialed according to the policies of Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates).

G. Residents’ privileges will be determined according to the policies of Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates).

 

 

CRITERIA FOR COMPLETION OF RESIDENCY

A. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor, Medical Director, the Residency Committee, Director of Residency Programs, and the SCO administration. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. until patient care is completed, usually around 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The resident is expected to be present during all working hours. On call services are required beginning after the third month of training.

B. The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts. Cases will be reviewed periodically b the Residency Supervisor, the Director of Residency Programs, and the Residency Committee when appropriate.

C. The resident will be required to write a paper base on original research, literature review, or a clinical case for publication in an acceptable professional journal. 

D. The resident will be expected to assist in the continuing education programs provided at SEA.

E. The resident will be 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 SEA.

F. The resident will be 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 of 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 Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) 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.

 

STIPEND AND BENEFITS

A residency stipend of $31,000 will be provided for the 52 weeks of training paid by Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates). Health insurance according to the group policy benefits as an employee of Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) will be provided, or the resident may purchase health insurance at a nominal cost through the College’s group insurance plan. The resident is allotted $1,500 per year for continuing education, dues, and subscriptions. A cell phone is provided for on call responsibilities. Professional liability is provided by Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates).

 

PHYSICAL FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

A. Physical Facilities
Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates), a co-management/consultative optometric referral center, will serve as the clinical facility. This eye center has 10 clinical examination areas, and a conference room. There are satellite offices in Southaven, Mississippi and Olive Branch, Mississippi.

B. Equipment

Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) has 10 equipped examination rooms, as well as several special testing rooms (i.e. Ocular photography, fluorescein angiography, visual fields, ultrasonography, optical coherence tomography, etc.). Additionally, Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) has a laser operating room, 3 ambulatory surgery centers, and multiple administrative offices. Additional equipment includes: Spectralis OCT, IOL master, manual keratometer, lensometer, pachymeter, endothelial cell counter, Zeiss optic path Difference scanning system (OPD), Oculus Pentacam, Zeiss Fundus camera with Fluorescein Angiography, B scan Ultrasound, and Immersion A-scan.

 

FACULTY AND STAFF

A. Faculty
The cost of education support for the residency program will be borne by Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates). The faculty will consist of the Residency Supervisor, Medical Director, Staff Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. The Director of Residency Programs for Southern College of Optometry will serve as a consultant.

B. Staff

Support staff will be those employees of Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) who are normally hired to assist the professional staff in the delivery of medical and surgical eye care at the center.

 

ACCREDITATION

The residency program at Eye Specialty Group (formerly Southern Eye Associates) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, and (314) 991-4100.

 

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Upon satisfying all the requirements for completion of 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 of Academic Affairs at Southern College of Optometry.

 

FOR FURTHER INFOMRATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Cheryl E. Ervin, O.D.
Director of Residencies
Southern College of Optometry
1245 Madison Avenue 
Memphis, TN 38104
Office: (901) 722-3201
Fax: (901) 722-3325