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During the residency a weekly conference is given at SCO which the resident is expected to attend. The resident will be expected to present a talk at a minimum of three of these conferences during the year. A paper of publication quality is expected prior to May 1. The resident will be involved in occasional student supervision if teaching is deemed a career goal.
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 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.
All applicants selected for admission must sign a standard resident contract.
The residency program is fifty two weeks in length from July 1 to June 30. The stipend is $38,000 which will be paid on a biweekly basis by Toyos Clinic. Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident. Professional liability insurance is provided by Toyos Clinic. A continuing education allowance in the amount of $500 will be provided to the resident.
One week of educational leave, one week of sick leave, one week of vacation leave are available with prior approval of the Supervisor and the SCO Director of Residency Programs. Additional educational leave may be allowed at the discretion of the above individuals.
The resident is required to write a paper based upon original research, literature review, or a clinical case suitable for publication in a refereed optometric journal.
The resident may be allowed to provide patient care services outside of the Toyos Clinic system on a limited basis only with advance written permission by Toyos Clinic’s residency supervisor.
A. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor of TC, Director of Residency Programs, and the SCO administration. The office is open from 8:00 A.M. until patient care is completed, usually around 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, with some Saturday post op care. On call services are required after one month of training.
B. The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts. Cases will be reviewed periodically by the Residency Supervisor of TC and the Director of Residency Programs.
C. The resident will be required to write a paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case for publication in an acceptable professional journal.
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 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 Toyos Clinic.
F. The resident will be expected to assist in the continuing education programs provided at Toyos Clinic.
G. The resident will be required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.
H. 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.
I. Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Southern College of Optometry, or for any action that 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.
The residency program in Refractive and Ocular Surgery at Toyos Clinic is fully accredited by the ACOE, 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.
The resident reports to the Supervisor of the residency program. The Supervisor report 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.